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    • Day 63

      Sandy Point, Hay

      February 5, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      This time camped up on the Murrumbidgee River at Hay. This is a large free camp area run by the Council. We weren't sure if it would be open because we had seen reports that it was flooded but when we arrived it was fine. The river is still high but has receded quite a lot. We can see where it rose to. Will probably stop for a couple of nights here to rest up a little.Read more

    • Day 64

      Sandy Point, Hay

      February 6, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      The Murrumbidgee foreshore in Hay has had a lot of restoration work done and there is now a lovely walking trail all the way along the river bank and back into town. We put our walking shoes on and headed off. The recent flooding was evident but no damage seems to have been done. Once out of the bush we wandered through the town but being a Sunday morning nearly everything was closed. A highlight is the silo art just on the outskirts of the town where several of the locals are depicted. All the pictures are of servicemen and women who came from Hay. There was extensive information boards on each of them telling their stories of service, capture, POW imprisonment and eventual return to Hay. Beautifully done. In the afternoon we visited the Hay Internment Camp Museum located at the restored railway station. Hay is where the original internees from the HMT Dunera (sent from Britain and dramatised in the movie "The Dunera Boys") were sent. Very interesting.Read more

    • Day 53

      Pioneer route ( Hay)

      January 11, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Vanaf Adelaide weer oost en noordwaarts gegaan, richting Queensland. Op 5 februari vlieg ik vanaf Gold Coast naar Nieuw Zeeland, tot die tijd volg ik 1 van de Surveyor Routes langs de rivieren. Leuk tijdverdrijf zijn de Pioneer of Settler villages waar men gebouwen en machines uit de 19e/ begin 20e eeuw laat zien, vaak met leuke anekdotes erbij. Foto 2 is een zelfgemaakte koelkast uit die tijd, isolatie : houtskool..?!
      In Mildura heeft de Honda een olieservice en wat grovere Bridgestone banden gekregen, speciaal voor de unsealed wegen die je toch vaak tegenkomt.
      Fijn is verder de vele stopplekjes onderweg langs de rivier: ff een frisse duik, en dan soms weer verder, soms ook niet.
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    • Day 5

      History in Hay.

      December 29, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Cafe's closed up. Information centre said the roadhouse traditional brekkies are pretty good. What do you think? Meh.

      Outback towns like Hay seem to be on the decline. Which is a shame given their history. Locals said Covid has kept tourists away and big AG is buying elsewhere. So a double blow to the local economy.Read more

    • Day 1

      Camping at Hay

      July 2 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      First night camping at Hay. We were planning to stay at a free campsite by the river but it was closed due to wet and muddy conditions from recent rain. We booked in at the caravan park instead and enjoyed the luxury of a camp kitchen and amenities block.Read more

    • Day 2


      July 5, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

      I expected Hay to be a bit bigger than what it was.

      While I was here, I popped into the Dunera museum, which is located in an old train carriage. There's not much to it - really just some photocopied info sheets on the walls, a few interesting photos and an audio narrative on repeat - but it was interesting nonetheless. A good spot to stretch your legs and feed your brain (it's a $4 entry fee - they use an honesty system). Anyway, the museum is all about the internment and POW camps that were located in Hay during WW2. You can read much of the history online, and they don't have many artefacts in the museum, but still - worth a visit to support them. Perhaps their collection will expand over time.

      The info centre lady suggested that I head over to Shear Outback for lunch. I didn't really have time to do the tour (and at $20 a pop..hmm). I really just needed a quick bite before hitting the road for the long slog to Mildura - instead I got a loooooong wait and a burnt roll and a smidge of salad. On the bright side, the lamb and gravy inside was delicious.
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    • Day 28


      May 23 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Very cold nights 🌙 but beautiful sunny days. Walked the town.....morning coffee ☕️ at The Convent Cafe followed by the Murrumbidgee riverside walk. Dinner out tonight. 🥂

    • Day 19


      June 10, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      We’ve now said goodbye to South Australia, with its dry landscapes, Scobie poles and water pipelines stretching out from the Murray to nourish all parts of the state. What a great trip it has been!

      We continued our Murray River odyssey with a night in Mildura, where we caught up with friends and wandered along the very scenic riverfront, past Lock 11 and up to the replica Mildura Station Homestead, first property in the area and later home to the Chaffey brothers who founded the Mildura irrigation scheme.

      Then we swapped the Murray for the Murrumbidgee, driving for three tedious hours along the Sturt Highway through Balranald to Hay, our final destination.

      As well as some scenic walks along the river, Hay offered both the expected and unexpected.

      We expected, and really enjoyed, Shear Outback, the shearer’s hall of fame and museum. With lots of information, displays and humour, as well as a shearing demonstration that was skilful, informative and down to earth, it was a morning well spent.

      We also knew what to expect at the Bishop’s Lodge House, a historic building, strangely enough built to house the local bishop, and made from corrugated iron and tin, with sawdust insulation. Apparently the building materials and design of the building proved very effective in the harsh climate.

      We sort of expected the Dunera Museum, located at the former railway station and telling the often poignant stories of the European refugees transported to Australia from Britain in the HMT Dunera, and subsequently interned in Hay (clearly not chosen for its similarities to Europe - note that these people were refugees, not criminals). They then were moved on and replaced with various other internees, including some Japanese POW’s.

      What was unexpected were some of the stories from the Hay Gaol Museum.

      Originally a prison, then between the world wars a hospital, then a prison again and then for thirteen years until 1974 it was a maximum security institution for girls aged 13 to 18. Run by the oxymoronically-named Child Welfare Department, girls were brought drugged from Sydney, travelling the last 180 kilometres in the back of a Dodge panel van. No windows, no seatbelts - in fact, no seats - just the back of a panel van.

      Still, at least the girls could talk to each other about their adventures - they were allowed a full ten minutes, twice a day for conversation! At all other times at this Luxury Escapes contender, they had to keep their eyes averted and work their arses off.

      So we have finished our trip with some great experiences in a really nice town, and learnt a bit into the bargain.

      Looking forward to getting home tomorrow and catching up with family and friends.
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    • Day 25

      Day 25 - Canberra ACT to Hay NSW

      June 30, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Completed 502km today
      Departed: Canberra ACT 10:00am.
      Arrived: Hay NSW 4:15pm.
      Driving Conditions: Overcast for most of the trip⛅️, left Canberra on the first morning without a frost, which was welcomed.
      Traffic: Dual highway on the Hume Hwy for most of the way, then single highway from Gundagai. Small amount of traffic, lots of trucks going in the opposite direction.
      Stops: Gundagai, had to get the Dog on the Tuckerbox and my final fix of Olivers, my new favourite food store, pity we don’t have then in Victoria or near home.
      Accomodation: Bishops Motor Lodge in Hay. Neat, clean and tidy rooms, which was a welcome surprise. Can’t always tell when you book online.
      Last night on the road and home tomorrow 🏠
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    • Day 63

      Soapworks Bend

      September 17 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Leisurely drive after leaving a getting busy because of school holidays Mildura and headed back into NSW. This saw us park up at Soapworks Bend in Hay and a relaxing afternoon by the river with some cheese and wine 🍷 🧀Read more

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