Look out for the ‘Community Welcomes Recreational Vehicles’ signage on your next trip and rest easy knowing that your destination is equipped to welcome you and your caravan, camper trailer, motorhome or campervan.
These towns have made a commitment to offer easily accessible long vehicle short term parking within the town centre and have clear directional signage to their local visitor information centre.
Ayr lies on the northern side of the Burdekin River, situated just over 80km south of Townsville in the heart of Northern Queensland’s Burdekin Shire.
Named after the Scottish birthplace of Thomas McIlwraith, 3-time Premier of Queensland between 1879 and 1893, Ayr is the main rural hub of one of Queensland’s most productive growing regions. Famous for sugar cane and fruit and vegetables, the town contributes approximately 1.25million tonnes of raw sugar and one third of Australia’s Mango harvest annually.
Ayr’s charm hails from its historical buildings and sugar cane history. Take time to follow the Heritage Town Walk where you’ll find 19 historical sites and buildings dating from the early 1900s within a two-block radius. The walk will take you past such sites as the Clock Tower, Burdekin Hotel, Masonic Temple, Anzac Memorial Park, Queen’s Hotel, Old National Bank Building, the Courthouse, Post-Office and Delta Cinemas.
Travellers driving through Ayr will no doubt notice the famous Burdekin River Bridge, known locally as the Silver Link. Spanning the Burdekin River between Ayr and Home Hill, the road and rail bridge is Australia’s only bridge with no firm foothold and the longest of its type in the country. Just south of the bridge near Inkerman Sugar Mill is the Burdekin Diorama which provides a fascinating history lesson on the sugar industry and the natural surrounds of the region.
The natural beauty of the region stems from the mangrove-lined estuaries and creeks of the Burdekin River and the miles of unspoilt sandy beaches along the coast. Mangroves are natural fish nurseries lending to excellent fishing opportunities where your chances of landing a Barramundi, Fighting Fish, Mangrove Jack or Trevally are high. The region is also a local sanctuary for over 280 species of birds including the endangered Cotton Pygmy-Goose, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise.
For the adventurous, try diving the Yongala Shipwreck on the Great Barrier Reef. The Yongala is listed as one of the world’s top 10 dive sites and is the largest, in-tact historic shipwreck on the reef. Here you’ll be delighted by colourful coral and abundant gigantic marine life such as gropers, rays, trevally, turtles, barracuda and bull sharks. Alva Beach is your hub for all things on the Great Barrier Reef and a great place to learn to dive, take a day trip, windsurf or fish – the choice is yours.
Looking for somewhere to stay?
Alva Beach Tourist Park is set in the small coastal village of Alva and just a 15km drive from the town of Ayr and Burdekin Shire. The park has five shady, tropical acres set amongst coconut palms and hibiscus hedges where you can enjoy coastal, cooling sea breezes during the hot summer months.
Alva Beach Tourist Park is pet-friendly, has large grassy powered and non-powered sites with or without slabs, en-suite cabins and budget cabins available. A camp kitchen, great social BBQ area and 4WD access onto the beach for boat launching, fishing and crabbing.
Burdekin Cascades is in Ayr on the Bruce Highway next to the Ayr swimming pool and close to town. The park is located in a quiet part of town with minimal traffic noise.
The park is a great place for short or long stays and boasts 69 sites including drive-through, shady, green sites, clean amenities, camp kitchen and BBQ area. There’s storage for vans and boats on application, free entry to the pool and pets are welcome.
Groper Creek is located 17km south of Home Hill in North Queensland. Groper Creek is situated on the Burdekin River, one of the largest river systems in Queensland and is a popular destination for fishing and crabbing all year round.
The park offers creek-front and drive-through sites, clean amenities, washing machines and is pet-friendly. The tranquil bush setting and small community surrounds offers a peaceful, relaxing retreat for all.
Home Hill Caravan Park is known as one of the friendliest parks in regional Queensland. Located next to the public pool and only 5 mins walk to shops, the park is set in a quiet location and is the perfect place to stop and relax.
The park is green and shady, has drive-through sites, facilities for camping, cabin accommodation, amenities block, BBQs and is pet-friendly. Guests also have free access to the pool next door.
BIG4 Ayr Sliver Link Caravan Village offers an array of accommodation including villas, cabins, powered sites for vans, tents and campers as well as drive through sites for larger vehicles. The grounds are grassy, shady and landscaped and provide a quiet relaxing atmosphere for all visitors.
While you’re staying in the Burdekin there is ample opportunity to go walking, fishing, 4WD-ing, play a round of golf, visit the Yongala wreck or marvel at the raw natural beauty of the seasonal sugar cane fires.
August 23, 2019