Burdekin

Just one hour's drive south of Townsville is the Burdekin Shire - the sugar capital of Australia, fishing mecca, bird watching paradise and traditional homeland of the Gudjuda Aboriginal people.

The Burdekin region is one of the only districts in Australia which still employs the traditional practice of burning cane prior to harvesting. During crushing season, the Burdekin horizon is often lit up by the spectacular sight of these cane fire burns.

The widely-renowned Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships are held within the region, giving spectators the opportunity to walk through a paddock of burnt sugarcane, enjoy the food, drinks and activities on offer for the whole family and witness the pure grit and determination as competitors cut through tonnes of burnt sugarcane.

The district is made up of the neighbouring towns of Ayr and Home Hill and includes over a dozen other smaller centres. It is as famous for its rich, flat farmlands as it is for its amazing waterways and scenic beauty. The Burdekin maintains a healthy reputation for its friendly residents, great specialty stores and boutique shopping and a laid-back lifestyle.

The Burdekin River Bridge, which links Ayr and Home Hill, is the districts best known landmark. Known as the Silver Link, the 1,103 metre crossing is the only bridge in Australia without a solid footing and is longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge. An Engineering Heritage National Landmark award was unveiled of the southern side of the bridge in 2010.

The district is a well known fishing mecca, with access to barramundi, mud crabs, other estuary species and off-coast reef fishing. The Burdekin is also the closest point to the world famous SS Yongala wreck. Ranked as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, the SS Yongala gives divers first hand encounters with manta rays, bull sharks, turtles and barracudas. If you are seeking a more relaxed experience while in the Burdekin take a swim or relax at Alva Beach.

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Burdekin
Ayr, Burdekin Area
Queensland
Australia

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Canyon Flyer Guided Zipline Tour

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The Canyon Flyer guided zipline tour is Australia’s largest, highest and fastest guided zipline tour that consists of seven Huge Zip Lines spanning 1.5 kilometres that cross Cedar Creek Gorge multiple times before dropping into the gorge and flying just above the tree top canopy below.

Crema Lovers Cafe

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Customers have described Crema Lovers as “Tamborine’s Finest Espresso”. They have the best coffee and is the highly rated on Bean Hunter. If you like your elixir of life, pure and unadulterated, Crema Lovers is your best bet.

Curtis Falls track, Tamborine National Park

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Enjoy an enchanting walk through wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums and into cool and lush rainforest. Look for the beautiful crows nest and staghorn ferns in the canopy, and stop to marvel at the intricate strangler fig.

Bearded Dragon Hotel

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Bearded Dragon is a much loved hotel at Tamborine, Queensland, Australia. They have an all day country kitchen and burger menu, plus Craft and Imported beer selections. Food is served all day, every day.

Cork 'n Fork Winery Tours Pty Ltd

Multiple Locations
Cork n' Fork Winery Tours is a small family business of exclusive wine tours, they are available seven days a week. They usually visit five locations and if the group is not too large, the Tamborine Mountain Distillery, tasting fees are included and so is a delicious two course lunch, tea and coffee, at one of the vineyard restaurants.

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Free Entry
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Thunderbird Park™

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Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast. Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all.

Bellbird Circuit

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Curtis Falls, Tamborine National Park

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Enjoy an enchanting walk through wet eucalypt forest beneath towering flooded gums and into cool and lush rainforest. Look for the beautiful crows nest and staghorn ferns in the canopy, and stop to marvel at the intricate strangler fig.

Dave's Creek Circuit

Binna Burra, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
Located in the Binna Burra section of Lamington National Park, this circuit takes walkers through a fascinating variety of forest and heath. Daves Creek circuit descends through the head of Nixons Creek out into Daves Creek country.
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