The township of Hay was named after Sir John Hay,

 Sir John Hay was a local pastoralist and Member of Parliament, after the town was gazetted in 1859.


Hay is a charming town located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is known for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and creative elements that attract visitors from all over the world. 

Situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and surrounded by vast farmlands and open spaces. The stunning natural scenery provides a picturesque backdrop for many outdoor activities and photographic and creative opportunities and all set in a peaceful and tranquil environment.

It is a town that has something for everyone. From its natural beauty and rich history to its vibrant arts scene, the town is an ideal destination for those seeking a unique and memorable experience. Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or an outdoor enthusiast, Hay is a town that you won’t want to miss.


Hay is a town that values creativity and innovation. Hay is a town with a rich history and culture. The town is home to several historic sites and museums, such as the Hay Gaol Museum, which houses exhibits on the town's early history and the Australian penal system. The Shear Outback Museum is another popular attraction that showcases the history of sheep shearing and the wool industry in Australia.


Hay has an abundance of large river gum trees that offer a wealth of visual inspiration, from the warm hues of their bark and leaves to the delicate interplay of light and shadow that defines their shape and form. These iconic trees can provide a powerful and evocative subject for photographers seeking to explore the natural beauty of the Australian landscape. Follow any of the river tracks or visit places like Sandy Point & Bushy Bend Reserve ---- If old buildings are your thing, check out the railway area on Murry st as well as 38km out of Hay along the Cobb Hwy, you will find the Historic One Tree Hotel


Hay Water Tower art was envisaged as a lasting tribute to the many servicemen and women that left their small Riverina town on Hay Plains when the call to arms was made in World War II. Cnr Pine and Brunker St ---- A formed walking track that hugs the curves of the Murrumbidgee River invites visitors to wander through the Bushy Bend reserve to Sandy Point beach. The walking track features large public sculptures by artists John Wood and John Woodward ----Larger than life metal emu sculptures at the south Hay roundabout on the Mid-Western Hwy ----- Sheep sculptures in the middle of town outside the Shire Coun cil Building 134 Lachlan St, Hay NSW 2711


The town has a vibrant arts scene, with several galleries and studios showcasing the works of local artists. The Hay Art Group is a collective of local artists who showcase their work in various exhibitions throughout the year. The town also hosts the Hay Literary Festival, which attracts writers, poets, and readers from all over the world. A standout, must visit is the Chris McClelland Gallery/Studio at 95 Lochlan St. where you can often watch him at work on his latest country scene. (Click on icon to got to website for details)


BIDGEE RIVERSIDE TRAIL, 95 LACHLAN STREET, A formed walking track that hugs the curves of the Murrumbidgee River invites visitors to wander through the Bushy Bend reserve to Sandy Point beach. Starting point at Bushy Bend entrance near 55 Lachlan St ---- Regional Park Track Located on the South of the Murrumbidgee River the Regional Park is accessed via Lang St. It is a dry weather road only with bush tracks throughout. The Regional Park Reserve is a great spot for bird watching or catching up with local wildlife.


Sandy Point Beach camp, walking distance from town. There are two main entries to Sandy Point; one via Brunker St adjacent the Skate Park and another at the Western end in Water St. DOG . FIRE . TABLES . CREEK . LRG RIG . RECEPTION . SHADE . TOILETS . SHOWERS(at visitor Centre in town) . WALKS . BBQ


Burraburoon Farmstay is a working sheep property located in outback NSW, between Hay and Deniliquin. Burra Buroon, 1157 Wargam Road, Booroorban NSW 2710. (45min from Hay) Camping is on the banks of a large lake with extensive gardens DOG . FIRE . LAKE . LRG RIG . RECEPTION . SHADE . TOILETS . SHOWERS(at visitor Centre in town) . WALKS . BBQ (Tap icon to visit website)


The Convent Boutique Accommodation & Café This heritage building is full of character and history throughout. I recommend the main building VIP executive rooms. These feature the original elements of the convent right down to the room names (I was taught music in the music room by the nuns back in 1978) (Tap icon to visit website)


The Bank Bed & Breakfast; was originally built in 1891. The 15-foot high ceiling of the renovated bathroom features an expansive shower and freestanding spa bath, sit back and relax amongst the designer furniture and furnishings of the spacious living room, or enjoy some fresh air on the private balcony terrace that spans the entire width of the building. Exsquisit, down to the finest details. (Tap icon to visit website)

Photographing Natural Disasters

Photographing natural disasters can be both important for documentation and incredibly risky. Here are some safety tips to consider when photographing such events:

  1. Prioritize Safety: Your safety should always come first. Assess the situation before attempting to take any photos. If the conditions are too dangerous, do not take any risks.
  2. Stay Informed: Stay updated with weather reports, disaster warnings, and evacuation orders. Understand the risks involved and plan your movements accordingly.
  3. Maintain a Safe Distance: Never get too close to the disaster zone. Keep a safe distance from flooding rivers, burning areas, or stormy conditions to avoid being caught in the disaster.
  4. Follow Authorities’ Instructions: Respect and follow the instructions given by emergency services, law enforcement, and other authorities. They have the best knowledge of the risks involved.
  5. Use Protective Gear: Wear appropriate protective gear such as helmets, goggles, gloves, and masks if necessary. This gear can provide some level of protection in hazardous conditions.
  6. Have an Escape Route: Always have an escape route planned and know how to reach safety quickly if the situation worsens.
  7. Avoid Isolated Areas: Try to be in areas where there are other people around. Being isolated during a disaster can be extremely dangerous.
  8. Be Mindful of Electrical Hazards: Be cautious of downed power lines, submerged electrical outlets, or other electrical hazards in the case of floods or storms.
  9. Watch for Structural Hazards: After a disaster, buildings and structures might be weakened. Avoid unstable structures or areas that might collapse.
  10. Be Respectful: Be considerate and respectful to the people affected by the disaster. Do not interfere with rescue operations or get in the way of emergency responders.
  11. Prepare Equipment: Ensure your equipment is weather-sealed or protected against water and dust. Also, carry spare batteries, memory cards, and protective cases for your camera gear.
  12. Stay Alert: Be mindful of changing weather conditions or sudden shifts in the disaster situation. Things can escalate quickly, so remain vigilant.
  13. Work in a Team: If possible, work with a partner or in a team. This can provide added safety and support.
  14. Document Safely: Take pictures from a safe vantage point. You can capture the intensity of the disaster without putting yourself at risk.

Remember, your safety is of utmost importance. No photograph or footage is worth risking your life. Always use your best judgment and prioritize personal safety above all else when documenting natural disasters.