Find out about the Burdekin Shire. What it has to offer, what there is to do and see, where to visit and how to explore our beautiful part of Queensland. Discover our heritage and how the Burdekin has grown to offer our residents and our visitors a truly amazing experience full of shopping, fishing, farming and relaxing.
The Burdekin Shire has a solid history of progress and development, and an exciting future in a changing world. It was water, good soil and relatively easy access that attracted the first settlers to the district, and those attributes will undoubtly assure its future. (expert: Senator the Hon Ian MacDonald).Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Shire has a solid history of progress and development, and an exciting future in a changing world. It was water, good soil and relatively easy access that attracted the first settlers to the district, and those attributes will undoubtly assure its future. (expert: Senator the Hon Ian MacDonald).
The main towns of Ayr and Home Hill are just 12km apart linked by the landmark Burdekin River Bridge – the longest bridge of its type in Australia.Preview...Hide...
The shire’s main towns of Ayr and Home Hill are just 12km apart and are linked by the landmark Burdekin River Bridge – the longest bridge of its type in Australia. A CBD revitalisation scheme injected new life and beauty into Ayr and Home Hill, with new footpaths, shade structures, trees, gardens, public art works and rest points. Both towns make great stopover points, with their ease of parking, relaxed pace, good cafes and speciality shops.
Apart from its relaxed lifestyle, the Burdekin is famous for its fantastic fishing, unspoilt beaches and spectacular wetlands. Drop into the Visitor Information Centres at Ayr and Home Hill for more information on these and other attractions.
5058.3 sq kms.
Latitude 19° 35′ south, longitude 147° 24′ east, approximately 80km south of Townsville
Regional Profile Reports
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This profile will provide residents, businesses and visitors with up-to-date statistical information on the Burdekin Shire.
The Burdekin Shire was granted Letters Patent by the College of Arms in London with the result that the Shire has its own Coat of Arms.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Shire has been granted Letters Patent by the College of Arms in London with the result that the Shire has its own Coat of Arms.
The first approach to the College of Arms for a Grant of Arms for the Shire was made early in 1987 at which time the Somerset Herald, Thomas Woodcock Esq., provided details of what actions would be necessary on the part of the Council and what information the Council would need to provide.
In short, it was necessary to provide a brief history of the Council from the time when it was first established as a Divisional Board in 1888. It was also necessary to provide the College with copies of the Government Gazettes setting up the Divisional Board in 1888, changing it to a Local Authority in 1903, and the changing of the Shire’s name in 1982. All of the necessary documents were obtained with assistance from the Department of Local Government.
The Council was asked to provide information about flora and fauna and to suggest what factors should be taken into account in the design of the Shield, the Crest and the Badge. The Council was also given an opportunity to submit a draft design for the Coat of Arms, which was fairly accepted by the College with the final product being a modified version of the design submitted.
The Coat of Arms can be described as follows:
The background of green symbolises that this is an agricultural district. The ribbon of blue down the centre represents the river which is the largest single feature of the district and the underground water supply upon which the district is so reliant.
Ribbons of white each side of the blue represent the sands of the river and our beaches. The twin masks comedy and tragedy symbolise the Arts and a set of masks each side of the river represents the twin towns of Ayr and Home Hill.
The knight’s helmet with adornments on top of the Shield is a necessary feature of every Coat of Arms.
The white Owl symbolises education and knowledge. The Council had originally suggested a book as this symbol, but was advised that the use of a book in Grant of Arms has not been allowed for quite some time. The sticks of sugar cane held in the Owl’s talons represent the main crop and industry of the district.
The motto of “WATER-ENDEAVOUR-PROSPERITY” means that by the use of our abundant underground water supply, and with a great deal of endeavour, we can and do achieve prosperity.
In the selection of bearers a decision was made to endeavour to use something with a close association with our district and the final decision was the White Sea Eagle, which is a majestic bird often seen along our beaches and around local saltwater creeks. The Barramundi held in one talon of each eagle symbolises another popular feature of the area.
Usage of the Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms can be used only by the Council or with the approval of the Council in association with projects with which the Council is closely involved. The Council has used the Coat of Arms on letterheads and advertising, some in full colour and some in black and white. It is also being used by the Council on important official documents.
The badge is not part of the Coat of Arms and is comprised of thistles surrounded by a garland of Cooktown orchids. The thistle represents our association with Ayr in Scotland and the Cooktown orchid is an acknowledged colourful symbol of North Queensland.
The flag is also not part of the Coat of Arms and includes the contents of the shield, the badge, the motto and the owl used in the crest.
View online the Burdekin Library Catalogue of more than 150 images from the Burdekin Region. Burdekin Library catalogue To find images search a "key" word i.e. Burdekin Bridge, Brandon Post Office, Floods etcPreview...Hide...
View online the Burdekin Library Catalogue of more than 150 images from the Burdekin Region.
To find images search a “key” word i.e. Burdekin Bridge, Brandon Post Office, Floods etc
Queensland Weather Warnings
Ayr Local Weather Summary
BOM - Current Cyclones
BOM - Queensland Marine Wind Forecast
BOM - Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast
BOM - Seven day forecast for Ayr
The Burdekin Region has a tropical climate, with generally hot and humid summers and milder, drier winters.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Region has a tropical climate, with generally hot and humid summers and milder, drier winters.
The Region is characterised by two seasons – the green (or wet) tropical summer season, which begins about November and ends about May, and the dry winter season.
Being a monsoonal climate, most rainfall occurs between January and March.
The cyclone season is normally confined to between December and April.
Marine Stinger Season
The Dangerous Marine Stinger season typically runs from November to May (subject to seasonal variability).
The Burdekin region has fairly uniform temperatures throughout the year.
Typical daytime temperatures range from 14-26C (52-78F) in mid-Winter/dry season, and 24-33C (75-91F) in mid-Summer/wet season.
For current weather observations and reports for the Burdekin Area, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
View additional information about the weather for the Lower Burdekin region at the following web sites.
Bureau of Meteorology
The official Australian Government weather information.
- Queensland Warnings
- Current Cyclones
- Queensland Marine Wind Forecast
- Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast
- Seven day forecast for Ayr
- Latest Weather Observations for Ayr
- Latest Weather Observations for Alva Beach
Detailed summary of the current and forecast weather.
- Ayr Local Weather Summary
- Ayr Observation Graphs
- Ayr Daily Summaries
- Ayr Long Term Climate Information
- Bowen 128km Radar Image
- Queensland Satellite Image
- Queensland Tropical Cyclone Threat Map
- Australian Synoptic Charts Summary
- Lower Burdekin Current Conditions
- Lower Burdekin Weather Forecast
- Bowen Radar Image
- Australia Radar Image
- Australia Satellite Image
- Australian Synoptic Charts Summary
A simple weather information site.
Latest census figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate the population of the Burdekin Shire was 17,784 as at 30 June 2011.Preview...Hide...
Latest census figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate the population of the Burdekin Shire was 17,784 as at 30 June 2011, down from 18,192 as at 30 June 2007.
Estimated Populations of towns in Burdekin Shire (ABS 2011 Census):
Ayr – 8883
Home Hill – 3023
Brandon – 1270
Giru – 628
Clare – 310
Millaroo – 200
Alva Beach – 212
Airville – 291
Fredericksfield – 295
Inkerman – 364
Jarvisfield – 525
McDesme – 271
Mt Kelly – 406
Osborne – 338
Just an hour’s drive south of Townsville, come and discover all the Burdekin has to offer.Preview...Hide...
Just an hour’s drive south of Townsville, you can discover the friendly residents and laid-back atmosphere of the Burdekin. The Burdekin district is the sugar capital of Australia and is one of the most prosperous rural communities in the country. The shire’s two main towns of Ayr and Home Hill make great stopover points, with their tree-lined main streets, ease of parking, great cafes and restaurants, host of specialty stores, shady parks and excellent public amenities.
Ayr and Home Hill lie just 12km apart and are linked by the landmark Burdekin River Bridge. Also known as the Silver Link, the 1103 metre bridge is the longest of its type in Australia. Although it took hundreds of men 10 years to build, not a single life was lost in the construction.
The Burdekin is becoming more and more famous for its wealth of water. Local farms are drought-proof because of the mighty Burdekin River, the huge reserves of the Burdekin Falls Dam and a massive underground aquifer which lies just 10 metres below the surface. This ‘liquid gold’ allows Burdekin farmers to produce the biggest and sweetest sugar cane in Australia, as well as mangoes, melons, capsicums, zucchinis, tomatoes and many other small crops.
By far the district’s greatest claim to fame is its fishing. The Burdekin is well-known for its barramundi, mudcrabs, other estuary species and off-coast reef fishing. The district has one of the highest rates of boat ownership per head of population and many locals have fishing huts at Ocean Creek, Plantation Creek, Groper Creek or Wunjunga.