largest town in this region, with a historical clock tower, lots of
great historical buildings, and the Burdekin
the area's Aboriginal history, in form of a Cultural Centre, a bush
tucker walk, and a statue of a giant carpet snake.
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,
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
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.
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.
Groper Creek is one good place if you like fishing. It is on the mouth
River and can get
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.
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
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