The Burdekin Region

The Burdekin Region is in north Queensland.

North of Bowen and south of Townsville in north Queensland, the region's most famous landmark is the Silver Link Bridge, and main towns are Ayr and Home Hill.

North of Ayr are Brandon and Giru, and south of Home Hill are Inkerman and Groper Creek.

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Ayr. ©

Ayr Queensland

Ayr is the largest town in this region, with a historical clock tower, lots of great historical buildings, and the Burdekin Theatre.Plantation Park has the area's Aboriginal history, in form of a Cultural Centre, a bush tucker walk, and a statue of a giant carpet snake.

Giru. ©

Around Ayr
North of Ayr are Giru and Brandon - small towns with memorial parks and war memorials. North east of Ayr is Alva Beach, where soldier crabs walk in large armies. Not far from the beach is the famous wreck of SS Yongala, that sank more than 100 years ago after running into a severe tropical cyclone. The 109 metre long ship with 122 passengers laid undiscovered for more than 50 years until it was found in 1958, finally solving one of Australia's greatest maritime mysteries. Today SS Yongala is one of Australia's most popular diving sites, with a lot of coral reef animals.

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Brandon. ©

Home Hill Queensland

Home Hill is a friendly town south of Ayr. It has a sugar cane history display at the Diorama, the Burdekin River Bridge display at the Silver Link Interpretitive Centre, some great historical buildings along the main street; an old, quite well known souvenir and mineral shop, an historical railway station, and next to the railway station is a FREE camping spot - The Comfort Stop.

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Home Hill. ©

Around Home Hill
South and east of Home Hill are Rita Island, Groper Creek, Inkerman and Wunjunga with wetlands with some good bird life, and Funny Dunny camping ground (crabbing, fishing, nice beach). There are some good views over them all from Inkerman Hill, which also has shady picnic tables in Rotary Park at the top. Another hill is Charlies Hill, with an old Second World War bunker.

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WWII bunker at Charlies Hill. ©

Groper Creek
Groper Creek is one good place if you like fishing. It is on the mouth of Burdekin River and can get flooded during the Wet season - all the buildings are high set. It's home for about 50 locals but there is also a caravan park that is quite popular. Crabbing and fishing are great.

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Groper Creek Jetty. ©

Here's a map of the Burdekin Region. You can double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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