Ayr is one of the main towns in the Burdekin Shire and 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. We aren't only into growing great produce though! Ayr has a number of quaint and quirky cafes and restaurants and if you are searching for a unique item of clothing or jewellery, you will be in awe of the many boutique shops scattered throughout the main street! You can easily spend a few hours exploring and you are sure to find something for any occassion and within your budget.
Brandon is one of the most historical towns in the region. The Brandon Heritage Precinct is home to the restored St Patrick's Catholic Church, former Brandon Railway Station and the Burdekin Machinery Preservationists. The Brandon Tavern is a great spot for a feed and if you are into cars, Pioneer Park Speedway and Brandon Motorcross Track have regular events throughout the year.
Clare is situated half an hour west of Ayr and boasts a swimming pool, school, corner store and the Clare Club. Farmers in the Clare area grow sugar cane and horticulture crops.
Dalbeg is situated on the banks of the Burdekin River. It is a strong rural community and grows sugar cane, sandalwood trees and horitcultural crops. To capture a magnificant view of the Burdekin River, make sure you stop at Cornford Lookout on your way to Dalbeg.
Situated between Ayr and Townsville, the town of Giru can be found just minutes from the Bruce Highway. Home to Invicta Mill and gateway to the Haughton River and it's large number of fish and wildlife, Giru is a a must visit for the fisherman. If you are looking for a pub feed and to meet a few locals, the Giru International Hotel is also a must do.
The town of Home Hill is one of Burdekin Shire's main towns and is know for it's Race Club and Harvest Festival (yearly event held in November). Here you will find accommodation, a pub or two, swimming pool, news agent, banks, grocery store, Visitor Information Centre and the Comfort Stop.
Millaroo is a small community with a swimming pool, social club and school. WIth a strong agricultural presence, it's worth a drive to see the diverse range of produce being grown.