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 many other fruit and vegetable varieties.

Nearby is Alva Beach, offering 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'. Yongala is Australia’s largest and most intact historic shipwreck and gives you the opportunity to come face to face with the charismatic mega marine life of the world heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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.

The surrounding wetlands offer excellent birdwatching opportunities, with over 280 species being recorded in the area. This includes 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.

Ayr
Ayr, Burdekin Area
Queensland
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Christmas Markets GC

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
15 – 17 December 2017
Take a stroll under twinkling fairy lights at the Christmas Markets GC for a relaxed shopping experience. Find unique gifts and handcrafted items for your loved ones from over 100 stalls and indulge in some gourmet Christmas treats from one of their specialty food trucks.

Based Comedy at Oxenford Tavern

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 15 December 2017
Every Friday night at Oxenford Tavern, Based Comedy is bringing the very best comedians from around Australia and around the world to entertain you - all for free! Shows start at 7:30pm with top headliners and hilarious support acts!

NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
Weekly from 15 – 16 December 2017
A festival every weekend. NightQuarter, located on the Gold Coast, is an eclectic night market transforming what once was an empty block opposite the Helensvale train station. Enter beneath the shipping container archway and be transported to another world of market stalls, street food, live music and shipping container boutiques.

Christmas Chill at Links

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
17 December 2017
They invite you, your family and friends to 'chill out' at Links Hope Island for a very special Christmas Carols Event. Relax on the clubhouse lawns and take in the beautiful sunset enjoying Carols by Candlelight performances from crooner Rhydian Lewis, Coomera Anglican College Vocal Group, Elly Hart and Gas Grooves who will be bringing the funk.

Shannons Rod and Custom Show

Jacobs Well, Gold Coast Area
From AU$5 - 15
17 December 2017
Shannons Rod and Custom Show will feature premier, state of the art hot rods, classics, customs and street machines. Shannons Insurance has become the Naming Right sponsor of this show from 2017. This hot rod show is now in it's tenth year and has developed into the best one day show of it’s type with high-end elite cars competing for bespoke trophies and large prize money in the order of AUD10,000 for 2017.

Comedy at Mano's Tedder Ave

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 19 December 2017
Comedy at Mano's | Tuesday August 15 | 7.30pm Once a month at Mano's Tedder Ave, resident MC Lindsay Webb hosts a hilarious night of comedy on Tedder Ave, Main Beach! Every third Tuesday they'll be bringing you some of the best comedians from around the country - all for free!

Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 December 2017
Free entry! Join them at 7.30pm every Tuesday night as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

Electrik Lemonade Live at NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
22 December 2017
Electrik Lemonade is a band of funklords that play a repertoire of original funk, blues, hip hop, soul and dance music that could only be fathered by the likes of Captain Planet. Each member brings their own slice of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Lovin’ in the live show, culminating in a whirlwind of explosive energy that comes with a tidal warning as the crowd uncontrollably burst into a wave of dance and good vibes.

New Years Eve at SYC

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99.00 - 99.00
31 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Bring in the New Year with their famous seafood buffet and sparkling views of the Broadwater. You can book a table in their upstairs Compass room, with entertainment provided by the Hip Replacements, or in the downstairs Waterfront Restaurant where Street Cafe will groove the night away.

New Years Eve at Dux

South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 25
31 December 2017
Get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy New Years Eve on the Gold Coast and relax on an island instead! Southport Yacht Club would like to offer you their own personal picnic and camping grounds for a relaxing and entertaining New Years Eve by the water.
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