Burdekin

Curious about what sugar and shipwrecks have in common? You can find them both in The Burdekin — about an hour’s drive south of Townsville.

Under the sea

  • Come eye to eye with manta rays, bull sharks, turtles and barracudas when you dive one of the largest intact shipwrecks and top 10 dive sites in the world – the century-old SS Yongala
  • Go for a dip at Alva Beach and cast a line to catch yourself a fresh flathead for dinner, or test your water skills with a stand-up paddle or kiteboarding lesson. 

The sweet life

  • Walk one of Australia’s longest multi-span bridges that joins Burdekin’s sweetest towns — Ayr and Home Hill — famous for their sugar cane, mango and melon crops. 
  • Back a winner at the Burdekin Growers Race Day, held in May each year and go home with a free box of fresh produce. 

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Inkerman Hill

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
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Inkerman Hill, a 10 minute drive south of the township of Home Hill, is currently undergoing an upgrade! With funding received through the Queensland Government's Scenic Lookout Upgrade Program, the Burdekin Shire Council is busy working to bring their valued visitors a more enjoyable experience.

Alva Beach

Ayr, Burdekin Area
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Alva is a relaxed Burdekin location, 15 minutes drive from Ayr. Holiday houses and permanent residences fill the township, with Alva Beach a short stroll over the sand dune. A lookout area is located to the right as you enter the township.

Burdekin

Ayr, Burdekin Area
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.

Home Hill

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
Situated on the southern side of the Burdekin Bridge (known as the Silver Link) with an economy driven by sugar and agriculture, Home Hill offers landscapes dominated by lush green canefields as well as access to some of North Queensland's finest produce.

Groper Creek

Home Hill, Burdekin Area
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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.

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.
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