The Hay River is a river in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. The traditional owners of the area are the Noongar people who know the river as Genulup.The river was named in December 1829 by naval ship's surgeon Thomas Braidwood Wilson after Sir Robert William Hay, Permanent Under-secretary of State for the Colonies from 1825 to 1836. Wilson discovered the river while exploring the area in company with the native Mokare, John Kent (officer in charge of the Commissariat at King George Sound), two convicts and Private William Gough of the 39th Regiment, while his ship the Governor Phillips was being repaired at King George Sound.The Hay River is part of the Denmark Catchment, which comprises Wilson Inlet, Torbay Inlet and Lake Powell, together with the catchments of the Denmark, Hay and Sleeman-Cuppup Rivers and their tributaries.The river rises west of Mount Barker near Wilpuna Park and flows south east as far as Ungerup then flows in a south-south-westerly direction through the Mount Lindesay National Park then crossing the South Coast Highway and discharging into Wilson Inlet.Put Hay River into our Denmark attractions planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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This is the welcoming sight as you enter the Denmark township. The river has grassed backs which makes for a fantastic picnic area with fishing and kayaking being popular. Great just to chill by the w... more »
The hay river is a small river coming out of the mouth of Wilson inlet into the inland side of it all, it goes a fair way down, and is super scenic, most of the time it is pretty quiet, but that said ... more »
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