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Ayr (Queensland)

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Ayr is a small town in Far North Queensland, Australia

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Situated on the northern approach to the Burdekin Bridge, 85 kilometres south of Townsville, with more than 300 glorious sunny days each year, the district truly is the winterless north. The natural beauty of the rivers, creeks, estuaries lined with unspoiled mangrove and miles of sandy beaches make the area a mecca for fishing, crabbing, windsurfing and water skiing.

Said to be 'built on liquid gold' because it is situated on a vast natural underground aquifer which is artificially replenished with water from the Burdekin Falls Dam. The district is Australia's richest sugar producing area and also the mango and melon capital. It is a bird watcher's paradise with 280 species of birds recorded.

To view the vast flat farmlands and wetlands of the Burdekin district the best vantage points are from the lookouts of Mount Inkerman and Mount Kelly.

The spectacular Burdekin Bridge is known as the silver link and was the longest bridge in Australia for many years. It is the district's best known landmark. The district is well served by all forms of accommodation and eating places to suit all tastes and budgets and is renowned for its friendly service.

There is a diversity of sporting, cultural and tourist facilities and be sure to visit the Ayr Nature Display, the Burdekin Theatre and see the mighty Burdekin River Irrigation Area.

Get in[edit]

Ayr is an hour's drive south of Townsville which has flights to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. Highway 1 then goes south to Mackay, Rockhampton, and Brisbane.

By rail[edit]

Ayr Railway Station is the town's rail transit stop. Regular services run from Brisbane to Cairns, via Ayr, Townsville and all stations to Cairns.

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Fish life swarming over the wreck of the Yongala
  • Yongala Dive, 56 Narrah Street, Alva Beach. tel +61 7 4783 1519 or 1300 766 410 (bookings). fax +61 7 4783 7277. email info@yongaladive.com.au. [1] Yongala Dive offers 2 dive scuba diving day trips to the Yongala Wreck, which is only 45 minutes boat travel from Ayr. Trips cost $160 or $190 with gear hire included. Bus transfers from Airlie Beach are available for $40. Some speciality dive courses are available on request but introductory dive training is not.

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Ayr has several banks including the Commonwealth, ANZ, Suncorp, National and Bendigo Bank.

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