We ‘Take 5’ with the shearer and shed manager at Shear Outback, Billy Garner.
Where do you like to take family and friends visiting Hay?
Hay has really interesting museums. Shear Outback would have to be the favourite, but the Women’s Gaol has a lot of history - as does the Prisoner of War Camp and the old Railway Station. Bishop’s Lodge is a special one because even though it doesn’t have air conditioning it has unique architecture that keeps it nice and cool all year round.
Where’s a good place to take restless kids?
I like taking the kids down to the Murrumbidgee River for a swim. After that you can take them walking or cycling around the statues beside the river at Bushy Bend.
What do you like to get up to in the evening?
The night life in Hay is good for a country town. There are clubs and pubs which are all good - I couldn’t even tell you which one’s my favourite.
Where would you go for a day trip around Hay?
You are sure to see some wildlife in the national parks and state forests. There are so many around – you can find one in every direction and they are all really good.
What about if you wanted someplace to stay a couple of nights?
I would do a station stay with Bruce Armstrong - he’s a top bloke and has Corynnia Station. I shore sheep out there for years and it’s beautiful. We even did a Toyota ad out there with our team of shearers!
Shear Outback: The Australian Shearer’s Hall of Fame is located on the corner of the Sturt and Cobb Hwys, Hay, NSW. Click here for more information.