Population 8094

This busy town south-east of Townsville is surrounded by sugarcane fields – the most productive in Australia – and is the largest mango-growing area in the country. On the north side of the Burdekin River, it is linked to Home Hill to the south by the 1097-metre Silver Link Bridge, which ensures the towns are not cut off when the river floods.

Visitor Information

Burdekin Visitor Information Centre, Plantation Park; (07) 4783 5988


Nearby national parks

  • Paluma Range National Park National Park

    Lying within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Paluma Range National Park offers mountain-top views and picturesque waterfalls. The Mount...more

  • Girringun National Park

    Girringun National Park, part of the traditional lands of the Warrgamaygan people, comprises four sections: Blencoe Falls, Dalrymple Gap,...more

  • Eungella National Park

    Situated in the rugged Clarke Range, high above the surrounding plains, this mountainous national park is rent by deep gorges and contains...more

Nearby towns

  • Townsville

    Townsville is a bustling and vibrant tropical city boasting an enviable lifestyle, diverse landscapes, activities for all ages and a certain...more

  • Ravenswood

    Once a boom town in the 1860s, today Ravenswood is home to a modest population and a range of historic buildings and ruins that recall the...more

  • Bowen

    At the north of the Whitsundays, Bowen is positioned within 5 kilometres of eight pristine beaches and bays. Named after the state's first...more

In Town

Burdekin Cultural Complex: 530-seat theatre, library and activities centre. The forecourt has distinctive Living Lagoon water feature; Queen St.

Gubulla Munda: 60 m carpet snake sculpture is the totem for the Juru Tribe, who were the original inhabitants of the area. Nearby Juru Walk passes through remnant dry tropical rainforest; Bruce Hwy, southern entrance to Ayr.


Home Hill This small town is just south of Ayr over the Silver Link. The towering tea trees along the main street bear plaques commemorating the town's pioneering families. The Silver Link Interpretive Centre in Eighth Ave gives a photographic history of the Burdekin River Bridge. Ashworth's Tourist Centre houses Ashworth's Jewellers, the Rock Shop and the impressive Treasures of the Earth Display, while Zaro's Cultural Gallery has original islander artworks. The Canefield Ashes cricket competition is held in Apr, the Burdekin Grower Race Day in May and the Harvest Festival in Nov; 12 km S.

SS Yongala wreck A must for divers. The world-famous wreck, which sank near Cape Bowling Green during a cyclone in 1911, lay undiscovered for half a century. Despite being under water for almost 100 years, details such as the engine room, toilets, portholes and most of the ship’s name are still evident. The marine life is excellent, with beautiful corals, giant groupers and trevally, barracuda, stingrays, turtles and hundreds of other sea creatures. Access from Lynchs Beach.

Hutchings Lagoon: watersports; 5 km NW.

Brandon Heritage Precinct: includes district's oldest church, St Patrick's (1897), now a local history museum. Ye Olde Machinery Place has an antique farm machinery display; 6 km N.

Lynchs Beach: beach walks, birdwatching, swimming and fishing; 18 km N.

Mt Kelly: Great views of surrounding farmlands; 18 km SW.

Charlies Hill: WW II historic site; 24 km S.

Groper Creek: great fishing spot with camping available; 24 km SE.

Horseshoe Lagoon: birdwatching; 35 km N.

Mt Inkerman: good views at top, plus picnic and barbecue facilities; 30 km S.

Burdekin Dam: biggest dam in Qld, holding the equivalent of 4 Sydney Harbours. Fishing and camping on offer; 180 km NW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Reef HQ, Townsville 72 km

This eco-accredited, non-profit aquarium is a great spot to go before or after you visit the reef itself, as it will introduce you to some of the main characters out there and give you lots of great information about... Find out more

Bushwalking on Magnetic Island 75 km

Magnetic Island has about 25 kilometres of walking tracks, many with outstanding views of the coast, or ending at isolated beaches. Do not miss the 2-kilometre Forts Walk, with a good chance of seeing a koala or two, and... Find out more

Breweries around town

Townsville Brewing Company 71 km

Based in an historic former post office building, Townsville Brewing Company has been brewing six regular beers (Townsville Bitter, Lager Lout, Burdekin Gold, Digger’s Pale Ale, Ned’s Red Ale and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Alligator Creek camping area 23 km

Just 600 m from the main access gate, near the day-use picnic area, this site is a great base to explore around the creek area, hike along the Alligator Falls track, or go fishing – all the while keeping an eye out... Find out more

Coconut Beach camping area (boat-based camping) 51 km

Coconut Beach has no facilities and suits self-sufficient campers. Access is by boat only; beware of marine stingers Oct–May and beware of estuarine crocodiles year-round. The campground is surrounded by the waters... Find out more

Magnetic Gateway Holiday Village 66 km

Situated on the Bruce Hwy at Cluden, just 8 km from Townsville, this tourist park has plenty of shady tent sites and an excellent range of facilities. Visitors can enjoy the swimming pool, spa, TV room and book exchange,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Ayr Silver Link Caravan Village 1 km

Easily accessible from the highway, this park is in a quiet, off-the-road position not far from the main shopping area. It has good facilities, and sites under numerous mango trees. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Magnetic Gateway Holiday Village 66 km

This park is alongside the Bruce Highway on the southern approaches to Townsville. Access is a little complicated but worthwhile (follow the blue caravan signs). The park is well laid out and has good facilities.... Find out more

BIG4 Walkabout Palms Holiday Park 69 km

This is a good quality park with extensive facilities. Easy to find, it is adjacent to the roadhouse near the junction of the Bruce and Flinders Highways. There are a couple of dining opportunities within walking... Find out more

Rowes Bay Caravan Park 74 km

This good-quality, owner-operated park is in a quiet off-highway location on the waterfront, ideal for a longer stay.... Find out more

BIG4 Townsville Woodlands Holiday Park 86 km

This is a spacious park located about 15 km north of the city alongside the Bruce Highway. We find it a convenient friendly place to stop, and often stay here overnight. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Wangaratta at the Beach Caravan Park 98 km

Great for a winter break, this is a very neat and tidy council park on the waterfront, adjoining the golf course. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Bowen Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park 99 km

Bowen is a popular coastal town and this park has absolute beach frontage, with excellent facilities and spotless amenities. Swimming, snorkelling and walking are all popular activities here. Beachfront sites are... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Bungalow Bay Koala Village 76 km

Declared Australia’s best backpacker accommodation, this low-key eco-accredited resort, with pool and family-style restaurant, has 2.8 hectares of camping area and 30 A-frame bungalows, 25 of which are... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Plantation Creek park area 2 km

At Ayr

Shady area just off the highway. On the south side of town.

Sandy Corner rest area 7 km

8km N of Ayr (L) or 79km S of Townsville (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Home Hill rest area 10 km

At Home Hill

Near the tourist information centre on Eighth Ave (west of the main street).

Alligator Creek camping area 51 km

T/O 64km N of Ayr (L) or 23km S of Townsville (R)

Small secluded camping area located 6km west of the highway in a pleasant bush setting in Bowling Green Bay National Park. Permit required.

Guthalungra rest area 60 km

At Guthalungra

Just off the highway and opposite the roadhouse.

Saunders Beach camping area 96 km

T/O to Saunders Beach

Small camping area on the foreshore. Located 7km east of the highway at the northern end of Saunders Beach via Reef St.

What's on around town

Market: Plantation Creek Park; Bruce Hwy; Sun (not 4th Sun of the month).

Barra Rush: fishing competition; Feb.

Auto Fest: car show; Apr.

Water Festival: Sept.

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