AYR
This sugar, mango and melon town, is the main commercial centre of Burdekin Shire, in the southern part of Tropical North Queensland. The Burdekin River Irrigation Scheme has enabled Ayr to become one of the largest horticultural areas in Australia. One result of this is that it has become a popular destination for backpackers in search of seasonal fruit harvesting work during their vacation.
FOR ALL THE BEST LOCAL ATTRACTIONS, ACCOMMODATION AND DINING OPTIONS IN THIS REGION, USE THE LINKS ABOVE OR SCROLL DOWN.
Ayr, in the Burdekin district, took its name from the Scottish town where Queensland Premier, Thomas McIlwraith, was born. Livelier than its twin town, Home Hill, Ayr was first settled in the late 1870's, when the Burdekin Detal Sugar Company was established. Still nowadays, the area is still one of the most productive sugarcane growing regions in Australia.

Ayr and Home Hill are linked by the spectacular Burdekin River Bridge, also known as the 'Silver Link", built in 1958. Over a kilometre long, the Silver Link was, for many years, Australia's longest bridge. It has become the Burdekin district's best known feature.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - AYR


FISHING

Stenno's Sportsfihing Tours offer day fishing trips as well as overnight tours in the Burdekin region, Far North Queensland.Burdekin region fishing tours with Stenno's Sportsfishing tours.
STENNO'S SPORTSFISHING TOURS
Burdekin region
Phone 0427 833 894

www.stennosfishingtours.com

Discover the fish rich waters of the Burdekin District with approximately 22 estuaries and two rivers inside two huge bays. Your guide Andrew specialises in lure bait and fly fishing for species such as Barramundi - Mangrove Jack - Fingermark - Bream - Cod - Queenfish - Salmon - Trevally - Flathead - Tarpon - Mackerel and more.....

Stenno's Sportfishing Tours run daily trips and two day accommodated fishing tours


MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES
BURDEKIN THEATRE COMPLEX
161 Queen Street, Ayr, Phone (07) 4783 9880 / Fax (07) 4783 9998
Box Office Hours Monday to Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
The Burdekin Theatre Complex is Ayr's most impressive building and it is home of arts & entertainment in the Burdekin region. Apart from the the 530 seat Burdekin Theatre, The Burdekin Theatre Complex houses the 150 seat Music Loft, the 700 capacity outdoor entertainment Plaza and the Starlight Foyer – cabaret performance & function space. The Complex is also utilised as a conference, function and meeting facility.

AYR NATURE DISPLAY
119 Wilmington Street, Ayr, Phone (07) 4783 2189
One of Ayr's most unique attractions, the Ayr Nature Display exhibits an unusual collection of native fauna, butterflies, rocks and shells, with more than 60,000 species on display; a focal point at the centre of the Display is a colourful rock wall made from 9,400 pieces of Queensland rock.


NATURAL SITES
CAPE UPSTART NATIONAL PARK
Located some 70 kilometres north of Ayr, Cape Upstart National Park is an imposing granite headland covered in a range of vegetation types from vine thicket to heath. Fringed by beautiful sandy beaches, the Park is a fantastic spot for camping, but do not forget there are no other facilites available.

BOWLING GREEN BAY NATIONAL PARK
Bowling Green Bay National Park is the biggest National Park between Bowen and Townsville. The park is located around 56 kilometres north of Ayr, in an area where coastal wetlands, saltplans and mangroves coexist. Alligator Creek flows through the park, creating pretty cascades, deep refreshing pools and crystal clear waterfalls.

Camping is permitted at Alligator Creek and the area is equipped with picnic tables, public toilet, a shelter shed and gas barbecues.

For more information about this and other National Parks in Far North Queensland, please visit our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND'S NATIONAL PARKS page.

LYNCH'S BEACH
Lynch's Beach is one of the highlights of the Burdekin distric. This sandy white beach is located only 16 kilometres north of Ayr, providing a fantastic place for locals and visitors to enjoy a relaxing day out. Swimming is safe during the summer months and fish is abundant, so everyone is the family will find something to make them enjoy the day. Fishermen can aim for Whitings, Flathead, Breams, Salmons and, occasionally, Mackerel.


ABORIGINAL CULTURE
JURU WALK
Juru Walk, located at the rear of Plantation Park, was created to recognize the significance of the Juru Clan within the Burdekin Region and, as such, is an important bond to the Burdekin's Aboriginal history. The walk makes its way through what is believed to be the Burdekin's last remaining vestige of rainforest. The name Juru Walk comes from one of the Aboriginal tribes which were the inhabitants of the Burdekin prior to white settlement. Some of the highlights of Juru Walk are the rainforest ecosystems, the bat community and the man-made lagoon. Trails have been built to guide visitors through the area. Maps are available from the tourist information centre. It's an experience well worth it! .

Plantation Park is also home to GUBULLAMUNDA, the giant carpet snake constructed in 2004 by the Gudjuda Reference Group to celebrate and promote Indigenous culture. The 60 metre carpet snake is the totem of the Juru people, the traditional owners of this land, and marks the significance of the park as a traditional burial site.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS
SS YONGALA
Just off the coast of Alva Beach, north of Ayr, the SS YONGALA wreck has been resting in these waters since 1911. Over the years, many soft and hard corals as well as other marine animals have made the vessel their home, making the ship one of the best wreck for scuba diving in the world, according to dedicated divers.

TOURS

YONGALA DIVE
51 Narrah Street, Alva Beach
Phone (07) 4783 1519 / Fax (07) 4783 7277
The fast, fun ride to one of the world's best dives! Half an hour, max of twelve divers. The wreck of the S.S.Yongala has been under for almost 100 years and is swarming with marine life. Dive lodge on site.


EVENTS
AYR SHOW
The Ayr Show brings displays of fruits, vegetables, cooking, handicraft and cattle. There will also be an equestrian program.

BURDEKIN WATER FESTIVAL
The inhabitants of the Burdekin look forward to this event during the whole year. The Festival includes a Gala Ball, where the Queen of the Festival is crowned, a Mardi Gras, different side shows and a Burdekin Art Exhibition, held at the Burdekin Theatre Foyer.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS FEST
The Band Fest, aimed at young people aged 12-20, is a battle of the bands competition. But there will also be displays relating to activities for the youth, including health, social sporting and cultural activities.

Check out our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR for more information about this and other events around North Queensland.

ACCOMMODATION - AYR

Ayr accommodation includes traditional pub style accommodation as well as budget motel rooms and backpackers hostels. Ayr backpackers hostels cater largely to visitors on a working holiday visa who are taking advantage of the casual employment opportunites in the local fruit and vegetable harvest industry. There are also campgrounds and caravan parks, some with ensuite cabins or units. Scroll down or use the buttons on the right to choose your style of Ayr holiday accommodation.


HOTELS

AYR HOTEL
160 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 2477 / Fax (07) 4783 2977
The Ayr Hotel is a family run business located in the centre of Ayr. Twenty two newly renovated air-conditioned rooms available for ovenight, short or long stays. Backpackers are welcome.

AYR SHAMROCK HOTEL
274 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1498

BURDEKIN HOTEL
204 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1222

GRAND NATIONAL HOTEL
84 Railway Avenue, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1200 / Fax (07) 4783 6270
The Grand National Hotel features for single rooms, two double rooms and one unit the sleeps up to six people.

KALAMIA HOTEL
50 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1259

QUEEN'S HOTEL
103 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 2202


MOTELS

PARKSIDE MOTEL
74-76 Graham Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1244 / Fax (07) 4783 4769
You have a choice of either 18 refurbished ground floor units - Two bedroom family units, Corporate queen units, Standard twin units. All rooms are serviced daily, suitable for single, double or family accommodation.

COUNTRY AYR MOTEL
197-199 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1700 / Fax (07) 4783 4934
With traditional Queensland colonial architecture, cool wide verandahs, country Ayr offers the corporate traveller and tourist relaxed comfortable accommodation and personalised service.

TROPICAL CITY MOTOR INN
121-125 MacMillan Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1344 / Fax (07) 4783 1473

AYR MAX MOTEL
4 Edward Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 2033 / Fax (07) 4783 3338
You have a choice of either self-contained or general motel units. We have a range of attractive units, serviced daily, suitable for single, double or family accommodation.

AYRLINE MOTEL
129 Edwards Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1100 / Fax (07) 4783 4224
The Ayrline Motel is centrally located. The motel is within walking distance of hotels, restaurants, function centres, RSL club, theatre, cinema and shopping centres. Up to AAA rated self contained units.



BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
..DALBEG INN
Dalbeg - one hour south (south west) of Ayr (MAP)

www.dalbeginoz.com.au

With seasonal work available from May to November, McShane's Produce at Dalbeg, just south of Ayr and Home Hill, employs from 17 to 30 pickers and packers depending on the weather and quantities of vegetables to be picked. The onsite rural workers camp offers a range of accommodation (twin rooms, single quarters, double bungalows, dormitory and even a fully self-contained cottage)

Guests enjoy clean budget accommodation with full bedding provided, free washing machine (including detergent) and free internet.

There is an onsite bar and shop and a communal area with pool table, games, 106cm plasma televsion, camp kitchen and BBQ facilities.

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139 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 3991 / Fax (07) 4783 3318
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DELTA BACKPACKERS
The Delta is a working hostel in Ayr, offering work year round, huge pool and poolside bar, beach volleyball, free DVD library and high speed internet cafe. The hostel is only 60 metres from the Ayr bus stop! Come work, stay and play at the Delta.

AYR BACKPACKERS
52-56 Wilmington Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 5837 / Fax (07) 4783 1668
Ayr Backpackers is a working backpacker hostel for the Burdekin District, where you can stay with a typical Australian family in a warm and friendly environment.


CARAVAN PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS

BURDEKIN CASCADES CARAVAN PARK
228 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1429 / Fax (07)4783 6410
Offering caravan sites as well as ensuite cabins. Next to a swimming pool.

AYR SILVER LINK CARAVAN PARK
34 Norham Road, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 3933 / Fax (07) 4783 5015
Holiday units with air-conditioning and cabins. Disabled villa also available. Shady drive-through van sites, powered site, tent sites and budget accommodation.

ALVA BEACH TOURIST PARK
36 Braby Street, Alva Beach
Phone (07) 4783 3383 / Fax (07) 4783 6248
Set on two shady hectares with coconut palms and hibiscus hedges, Alva Beach Tourist Park boasts a quiet tranquil atmosphere. Great fishing, crabbing and birdwatching in the waterways, estuaries and ocean.



DINING - AYR

AYR HOTEL
160 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 2477 / Fax (07) 4783 2977
Ayr Hotel features a family dining area and a varied set menu with daily specials on offer. Selected wines are discounted with meals.

HYBISCUS CAFÉ
Parkside Motel
74-76 Graham Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1244 / Fax (07) 4783 4769
At the Hibiscus Cafe, you aren't going to get food where you can't pronounce its name. We're not pretentious. But what you are going to get is a mouthful of flavour - each time you visit!

PEPPERS RESTAURANT
Country Ayr Motel
197-199 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1700 / Fax (07) 4783 4934
Fully licensed with boutique wine list and completely non-smoking restaurant, the menu features a variety of dishes suitable for a quick meal or a three-course dinner.

AYR ANZAC MEMORIAL CLUB
101 Burke Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1283

TROPICAL CITY MOTOR INN
121 Macmillan Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1344

CHARLIES
Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 4051

AYR CHINESE RESTAURANT
164a Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 2559

BURDEKIN CHINESE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
110 Edward Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 3444

BURDEKIN HOTEL STEAKHOUSE
204 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1222

COMMERCIAL TAVERN
88 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1999

KALAMIA HOTEL
50 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1259

QUEEN'S HOTEL BRASSERIE
103 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 2202

GETTING TO AYR

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Greyhound Bus services Ayr, Home Hill and Bowen on its route to Cairns from Brisbane.Greyhound Buses stop at Ayr, Home Hill and Bowen on their route from Cairns to Brisbane. These buses also stop at Mission Beach, Townsville and Airlie Beach among other North Queensland's towns along the way. A Greyhound 'bus pass' will give you the flexibilty to stop off at interesting destinations along the way.

Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Home Hill, Ayr, Townsville, Ingham, Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach, Innisfail and Gordonvale are some of the stops of Premier / Pioneer Motor Service route to Cairns from Brisbane.Premier / Pioneer Motor Service also run a bus service from Brisbane to Cairns and viceversa. The buses stop at Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Home Hill, Ayr, Townsville, Ingham, Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach, Innisfail and Gordonvale.

The Tilt Train has stopovers in Ayr, Home Hill and Bowen.The Tilt Train stops at the cities of Ayr, Home Hill and Bowen on its way to Brisbane from Cairns. The train leaves Cairns at 8:15am every Sunday and Wednesday, and gets to Ayr at 3:50pm.
The Sunlander Train stops at Cairns and Townsville, within easy reach of Bowen.The Queenslander Train stops at Cairns and Townsville, within easy reach of Bowen.The Queenslander and the Sunlander travel from Cairns to Brisbane and return. Althought none of them stops at any of the city on the Burdekin area, they do stop at Cairns and Townsville. It is then easy to travel to Bowen from any of these destinations.

One of most popular attractions in Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef.



EMERGENCY SERVICES

In case of emergency only, dial 000. In all other cases, phone the local service:

AYR
Hospital (07) 4783 0855
Police (07) 4783 5888
Fire&Rescue (07) 4783 2600

Internet access is available at:

Silver Link
167 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 6110

Burdekin Library
108 Graham Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 9970

Burdekin Computer Systems
131 Edward Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 1838