The Burdekin Shire or simply ‘The Burdekin’ is a district about an hour’s drive south of Townsville and is famous for being the sugar capital of Australia. Nestled in the delta of the Burdekin River, its two popular townships—Ayr and Home Hill—are linked by the iconic Burdekin Bridge.
From the bridge you can see the vast flat delta lands that produce the biggest sugar cane crops in the country together with mangoes, melons, capsicums and tomatoes. The river system also offers great barramundi and estuary fishing, with plenty of boat ramps and tackle shops on hand to get supplies.
Along the coast you will find Alva Beach, a popular launching spot for dive boats heading out to the S.S. Yongala shipwreck. The shipwreck is known as one of the top wreck dives in the world because of its abundant marine life and corals.
In May, check out the fashions on the field and soak up the atmosphere at the Burdekin Grower Race Day. It’s a highlight of the local racing calendar, with the main race being the Burdekin Cup.