Sunday, 16 June 2019 Sydney

Visit, Live & Invest in Hay Shire::

The Hay Shire covers an area of 11,348km(sq) with a regional population of 3574 people (as at December 2008). Located on the vast open and virtually treeless Hay Plains, the main regional centre of Hay is situated at the intersection of the Sturt, Mid-Western and Cobb Highways. The other main towns in the Shire are Maude and Booligal, made famous by the Banjo Patterson poem Hay, Hell and Booligal.


The Hay Shire is noted for its friendly residents who welcome visitors to their region. The range of facilities and infrastructure for visitors caters to a wide range of interests and are certainly worth a visit.


For more information on the region see the Visit Hay section of the website.


Aboriginal Heritage
The Nari Nari Tribe are the local Aboriginal tribe believed by historians to be an amalgamation of tribes from the surrounding areas, possibly including the fierce Waradjuri from the east...

About Hay Shire
The Hay Shire has the distinction of being one of the flattest sections of land in the world with a difference in elevation of only 17 metres between the highest and lowest points.

Hay is at the centre of what is generally regarded as one of the best wool growing merino regions in Australia with some 26 studs found on the Riverine Plains. The region is also virtually...

The climate of Hay is considered temperate. Spring and autumn are delightful times with the deciduous trees colouring beautifully in the autumn and the plains covered with wildflowers in the spring.
History & Heritage
Before white settlement began in the 1840’s, the Nari Nari Aborigines inhabited the area where Hay now stands. The township of Hay was named after Sir John Hay, a local...

Useful copies of local, regional and tourism maps are available to view and print in this section

There are substantial native mammal, reptile and bird populations found within the Hay Shire...

Native Vegetation
Within the Shire there are extensive areas of environmentally sensitive lands, mainly in the riparian zones adjacent to the rivers where the flora and fauna is under preservation orders...
Economic Development:

Hay Shire Council’s Economic Development Unit is responsible for leading, managing and delivering Council’s strategies, policies and programs to promote the sustainable economic development of the Shire.


Hay Shire Council is a supportive Council with a ‘can do’ approach, and is strongly focused on assisting business growth to boost the local economy.


The Economic Development Unit provides:

  • A point of contact between business and Council
  • Information, support and referral services
  • Established partnerships with other government agencies and regional organisations to assist with business development.


Phone: (02) 6993 4045
Address: Hay Visitor Information Centre
407 Moppett Street Hay.


Green Hay
Green Hay is an umbrella programme launched by Hay Shire Council, to promote a sustainable future for Hay.

Business & Community Directory
This directory provides relevant, up to date information on a wide range of services and facilities available to our residents and visitors.

Economic Profile
Hay is a progressive and proactive community offering a range of employment and business opportunities in the private and government sector.

Make a C-Change
Make a C Change, a Country Change by making the move to the Riverina-Murray Region of NSW. Information about the NSW rural tourism project.