We walked over 8 klms today. We left our camped, walked into town and visited the Hay Gaol. A very interesting place. It was established in 1878 and has been used as a gaol, maternity hospital, hospital for the insane, compound for prisoners of war during WWII (Japanese & Italian) and finally a maximum security institute for girls under the Child Welfare Department. This ceased to operate in 1974. One year later it was handed over to the people of Hay for development of a museum and cultural centre.
I also had a lovely walk along the Murrumbidgee River late afternoon and took some beautiful photos
The Hay Historical Society has done a wonderful job sharing information on all the heritage buildings in town.
Hay is an RV Friendly Town. The free camp is well maintained and the locals are very friendly. Population is about 2,500 we were told.
After our walk we arrived back at our camp to find Brian & Pepe setting up camp. We met them at Jugiong. So, this afternoon we had happy hour by the river and was also joined by Rita, a solo camper.
It’s a great life!