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Yongala Dive

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Yongala Dive is a PADI Dive Resort offering a full range of Dive Courses, Dive Lodge and Day Trips to one of the world's top dive sites, the historic S.S.Yongala Wreck.

In 1911 it sank without trace in a tragic cyclonic event, all 122 people on board died and a legend was born. It would be another 50 years before the coral encrusted structure was found and today it is one of the world's most renowned dive sites and an adventure from start to finish

Departing daily from the sleepy village of Alva Beach, only 16 kilometres from Ayr and 90 minutes' drive south of Townsville, Yongala Dive will take you on an unique adventure - premier diving with a maximum of 12 people, experienced dive staff, a 4WD transfer to the beach and a boat launch by tractor - getting there is half the adventure!

To extend your adventure, why not stay a little while longer in their on-site 'Dive Accommodation' just a stone's throw from the beach, or join one of the many training courses to further enhance your dive qualifications.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Lessons/Tutorials
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Swim with Fish
  • Swim with Sharks
  • Swim with Whales

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Burdekin River Bridge

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
Free Entry
The Burdekin River Bridge is the district's best known landmark. Locally known as the Silver Link, it is a road and rail bridge which also has a pedestrian walkway. The bridge makes an excellent subject for architectural photos or a great location for holiday snaps. Taking 10 years to complete, the bridge was opened in 1957. It replaced a low level traffic bridge and a rail bridge. Remnants of the old rail bridge can be seen just downstream from the Burdekin River Bridge. Visitors wanting to experience walking across the Burdekin River Bridge are asked to park near the Burdekin Diorama. This is on the southern side of the bridge. You can then walk along the pedestrian walkway onto the bridge. During the crushing (sugar cane harvesting season) this gives you a good view over the sugar cane bins in the holding yard of the Inkerman Sugar Mill. For more detailed information on the Burdekin River Bridge, see the Burdekin Diorama, or call into the Gateway Visitor Information Centre in Home Hill.

Groper Creek

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
Free Entry
Groper Creek is a laidback location, where you can sit back, relax and unwind. You can launch your tinnie from the boat ramp, or fish from the jetty. The area is well known for its fantastic fishing and crabbing. Groper Creek is located towards the mouth of the Burdekin River about 15 kilometres from Home Hill. Head out along Groper Creek Road and you'll travel past sugar cane farms, and through a wetland area full of birds and wildlife. Have a look around the Groper Creek settlement, at the huts built high on stumps. The kiosk and the public phone box are also up high. Bring your camera, as these buildings have their own personality! With the caravan park on the banks of the creek, if you decide to stay longer, check in, set yourself up and enjoy the surroundings.

Ayr

Ayr, Burdekin Area
Situated on the north side of the mighty Burdekin River, 85 kilometres south of Townsville, the prosperous rural community of Ayr is the main town in the Burdekin Shire. This is prime sugar country, with about 80,000 hectares of land under sugar cane, and an annual production of about 1.25 million tonnes of raw sugar. The district also contributes one-third of the nation’s mango harvest and is a major producer of melons and a host of other fruit and vegetables. The Burdekin sits on a vast natural aquifer which is artificially replenished with water from the Burdekin River. A rich network of creeks and mangrove-lined estuaries make the area a mecca for fishing and crabbing. The Burdekin is a known hotspot for fighting fish, the barramundi, as well as estuary species such as mangrove jack and trevally. Nearby Alva Beach offers miles of unspoilt, sandy coastline and is a popular spot for beach fishing, birdwatching and windsurfing. It’s also a close launching point for a dive tour to the world-famous dive wreck, the 'SS Yongala'. The Burdekin’s magnificent wetlands offer excellent birdwatching opportunities. About 280 species have been recorded in the area, including the cotton pygmy-goose, which is listed as endangered in New South Wales. The spectacular Burdekin River Bridge is the district’s best known landmark and is the longest crossing of its type in the country. Known as the Silver Link, it is the only bridge in Australia built without a firm foothold.

Home Hill

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
Situated on the southern side of the Burdekin Bridge, Home Hill was established in 1913 from land carved out of Inkerman Downs Station. It is just 12 kilometres south of Ayr, and is linked to its larger neighbour by the famous Burdekin Bridge – the district’s best-known landmark. With a landscape dominated by lush, green canefields and the Inkerman Sugar Mill, it’s easy to see that the local economy is driven by sugar. The town has most amenities to cater for the traveller and a range of sporting interests are catered for, including a golf club and a pistol shooting club. This is the gateway to the popular Groper Creek fishing village – renowned for its barramundi, mudcrabs, prawns and other estuary fish. Good camping and caravan facilities, combined with the area’s laidback charm, have made Groper Creek a must-stop for winter pilgrims and grey nomads. Back in town, visit the famous Ashworth's Tourist Centre. See the murals that depict the district's rural life and view original Islander artworks at Zaro’s Cultural Gallery. Visit the new Silver Link Interpretive Centre, which opened in 2007 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Burdekin River Bridge. Located in the main street, the centre tells the history of the bridge through more than 120 photographs. To walk across the famous landmark, park near the Lion’s Diorama at the southern approach of the bridge and head to the pedestrian walkway. The Comfort Stop in the centre of town is a clean, modern facility with free restroom, shower and barbecue facilities. There is ample parking for caravans and motorhomes. For panoramic views of the Burdekin’s towns, farmlands, wetlands, waterways and coastline, head to Inkerman Hill, 12 kilometres south of Home Hill. Other attractions include the historic World War Two radar station on Charlie’s Hill and Tom’s Toybox, a private collection of working farm machinery from yesteryear.
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