Discover the diverse facilities and recreational options available in the Burdekin.
- Stay a while at the camping and caravan parks.
- If you are interested in culture and history, visit our libraries, theatre halls and cultural complex.
- Enjoy the outdoors in the parks and gardens or visit the local beaches.
- For the fishing enthusiast, launch your boat at one of the many boat ramps and explore the many waterways which are home to barramundi, bream, mangrove jacks, mud crabs and more.
- Exercise in the swimming pools, on the cycling and walking tracks or at the various sports centres.
The Burdekin Shire has two Aerodromes in Brandon and Home Hill and a number of smaller Airstrips which are maintained by Council.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Shire has two Aerodromes and a number of smaller Airstrips which are maintained by Council.
The Ayr Aerodrome is located on Aerodrome Road, Brandon, with the Home Hill Aerodrome being located at Heatley Road, Home Hill. Smaller airstrips are located near the towns of Clare (Cnr Dunn and George Roads), Millaroo (Newman Road) and Dalbeg (Foreman Walsh Road).
Queries in relation to these facilities can be made to the acting Aerodrome Reporting Officer, Mr Ray Taylor on 4783 9933.
While visiting the Burdekin, take the time to see a live show or inspect some of the displays at the Burdekin Cultural Complex. Located in Queen Street, Ayr, the complex includes the Burdekin Theatre, music loft and community library.Preview...Hide...
Burdekin Cultural Complex
While visiting the Burdekin, take the time to see a live show or inspect some of the displays at the Burdekin Cultural Complex. Located in Queen Street, Ayr, the complex includes the Burdekin Theatre, music loft and community library.
The 500-seat Theatre has played host to hundreds of national and international stars during its history and has fostered the cultural abilities of many locals through musical productions and eisteddfods.
Visitors should take in a show at the Theatre while they are in town to fully appreciate this fine facility.
If time doesn’t permit seeing a show, one of the highlights of the Theatre is its “Gallery of the Stars” – a photographic history of the big names who have taken to the stage there.
The gallery is located in the Theatre foyer, which is open between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Once in the foyer, take the opportunity to look at the number of wonderful artworks on display including Mike Tracey’s steel-fashioned cane cutters and two colourful murals created by acclaimed artist Mirka Mora. The water feature in the Theatre Forecourt was created by Stephen Walker to recognise the importance of water to the Burdekin community.
Adjacent to the Theatre is the Burdekin Library. The library includes a large collection of books for every type of reader. The library also offers internet access for visitors needing to connect with the world. Please note, bookings are essential.
The Burdekin Shire has two main beautiful beaches. The most popular is Lynches Beach located at the township of Alva Beach and the second is Wunjunga Beach located south of Home Hill at the township of Wunjunga.Preview...Hide...
Alva at Lynch’s Beach
The 17 kilometer drive from Ayr to Alva passes several wetland sites with abundant birdlife. An excellent area for fishing, birdwatching, fauna, swimming and sailboarding.
The Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse site can be accessed by walking north along the beach. There is limited shade and no facilities at the site.
Yongala Dive – Scuba Dive at one of the best dive sites in the world – Yongala Dive offers Dive Courses, accommodation and also a Dive Shop. Ph: 07 4783 1519 for more information.
- Caravan Park
- Picnic Area/Barbecues
- Beach Access
Beachmount – Wunjunga
The turnoff to Wunjunga is about 6km south of Inkerman. The road from the highway to Wunjunga is gravel and the drive is a bird enthusiast’s dream. The fishing, the flora, the fauna, the beach, the Aboriginal middens and the houses built on huge granite boulders makes Wunjunga an interesting spot to visit.
- Beach Access
Council maintains 8 boat ramps located within the shire on behalf of Queensland Transport. These boat ramps are located at Cromarty Creek, Barratta (Morris’s) Creek, Jerona, Ocean Creek, Plantation Creek, Hell Hole, Groper Creek and Wallace Creek. Requests for upgrades of individual boat ramps should be made in writing to the Council and general maintenance requests can be made by phoning Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.Preview...Hide...
Council maintains eight boat ramps located within the shire on behalf of Queensland Transport.
These boat ramps are located at Cromarty Creek, Barramundi (Morris’s) Creek, Barratta Creek, Ocean Creek, Plantation Creek, Hell Hole, Groper Creek and Wallace Creek.
Requests for upgrades or general maintenance of individual boat ramps can be made by contacting the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.
Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.
You can also contact the Customer Service Centre using one of the following methods.
Customer Service Centre Location 145 Young Street,
Ayr QLD 4807
Postal Address PO Box 974
Ayr QLD 4807
Opening hours 7am – 5pm, Monday to Friday
Closed Good Friday and Easter Monday
Library Closed Good Friday and Easter Saturday
Transfer Stations Closed Good Friday
Phone 07 4783 9800 – Business hours
07 4783 9800 – After hours
Fax 07 4783 9999 SMS 0437 886 008 Online Use the Online Contact Form
The main Burdekin Library is at 108 Graham Street, Ayr and the Home Hill Branch Library is at 77-79 Ninth Avenue, Home Hill.Preview...Hide...
We have two libraries in the Burdekin Shire. The main Burdekin Library is at 108 Graham Street, Ayr and the Home Hill Branch Library is at 77-79 Ninth Avenue, Home Hill.
The PCYC centre is a one-stop shop for permanent and visiting youth services, as well as a place where young people can go for sport, activities and entertainment. For more information on services and programs being run at the Burdekin PCYC phone 4783 1009.Preview...Hide...
THE Burdekin’s new, million-dollar youth centre was officially opened in April 2011.
The new centre adjoins the Burdekin Basketball Stadium on the corner of MacMillan and Little Drysdale streets, Ayr. The Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) has taken over the management of both facilities.
The centre is a one-stop shop for permanent and visiting youth services, as well as a place where young people can go for sport, activities and entertainment, such as martial arts, fitness classes, boxing, bingo, blue light discos, church services and youth groups.
The Burdekin Shire Council played a lead role in establishing the youth centre, which was funded through a $1.05 million grant from the Queensland Department of Communities’ Blueprint for the Bush program.
For more information on services and programs being run at the Burdekin PCYC phone 4783 1009.
There are a number of accommodation options in the Burdekin. Included are areas which allow free or low-cost camping. Visitors are welcome to stay at the Home Hill Comfort Stop for 48 hours every 2 weeks or Funny Dunny Park, Wunjunga for 4 days in a 2-week period. Camping is also permitted at a number of boat ramps for up to 4 days in a 2-week period.Preview...Hide...
There are a number of accommodation options available throughout the Burdekin, including caravan parks, hotels, motels and backpackers. For those enjoying the camping experience you would be welcome at any of the caravan parks or there are limited areas that allow free or low-cost camping.
Please note that camping is not permitted on a road, in a park or reserve or at a boat ramp unless specifically mentioned here.
Council established the Comfort Stop in Home Hill to provide free facilities and a rest area for travellers. There is a limit on how long you can stay as sites are limited. A maximum of 48 hours in a 2-week period allows you to stop, rest and explore the area as you head north and south on your adventure. A dump point is also available nearby.
Funny Dunny Park is located in Wunjunga, a small coastal community south of Home Hill. This small camping ground offers beach access to some of the best fishing spots in the Burdekin. For a small fee per person per night you can pull up and camp, fish and relax. The park is serviced by an eco toilet facility and limited clean water. This facility is for limited camping only with a maximum stay of 4 days in a 2-week period. A dump point is available in Home Hill near the Comfort Stop.
Camping is also permitted at the following boat ramps. Please note that there is no dump point at the boat ramps and waste is not to be discharged to the land, creek or river. You are welcome to stay for a maximum of 4 days in a 2-week period.
Camping at boat ramps is only permitted at:
- Barramundi (Morris) Creek boat ramp, Morris Creek Road, Giru (eco toilet only)
- Wallace Landing boat ramp, Peak Road, Inkerman (no facilities)
- Cromarty boat ramp, Cromarty Creek Boat Ramp Road, Giru (eco toilet only)
- Plantation Creek, 652 Old Wharf Road, Airdmillan (toilets only)
- Barratta boat ramp, Jerona (no facilities)
- Ocean Creek boat ramp, Ocean Creek (no facilities)
- Hell Hole boat ramp, Rita Island (no facilities)
Council currently owns two caravan parks – Burdekin Cascades Caravan Park in Queen Street, Ayr and Home Hill Caravan Park in Eleventh Avenue, Home Hill. These parks are managed on behalf of Council. For more information please contact the Customer Service Centre on 07) 4783 9800.Preview...Hide...
Council currently owns two caravan parks – Burdekin Cascades Caravan Park in Queen Street, Ayr and Home Hill Caravan Park in Eleventh Avenue, Home Hill. These parks are managed on behalf of Council.
Contacts are as follows:-
Burdekin Cascades Caravan Park
230-240 Queen Street
Phone: 07 4783 1429
- 8 cabins (1 disabled cabin) featuring air-con, fans, ensuite, tv and limited cooking facilities (sleep 4)
- 2 new studio cabins with ensuite, air-con, tv, cooking facilities (sleep 4) – available April 2012
- 3 budget cabins with air-con, fans, tv – no toilet/shower facilities (sleep 2)
- Backpackers kitchen
- Communal shower
- Communal toilets
- Communal laundry
- Pets allowed (conditions apply)
- Located beside Ayr Swimming Pool
- 5 minutes walk to shopping centre
- Dump point
Rating – 3 1/2 stars
Home Hill Caravan Park
cnr Eighth Street and Eleventh Avenue
Ph: 07 4782 2498
- 2 cabins featuring air-con, fans, shower, toilet, tv and limited cooking facilities
- BBQ area
- Communal shower
- Communal toilets
- Communal laundry
- Pets allowed (conditions apply)
- Located beside Home Hill Swimming Pool
- 5 minutes walk to shopping centre
Rating – 2 stars
If you wish to make a compliment or complaint about any of the services above please contact Customer Service on 07 4783 9800 or email
The Burdekin Shire Council offers two cemeteries in the Burdekin region (Ayr and Home Hill). The sexton is available to speak to family members and help provide them with the information they require. Should you require more information about burials, interments or reservations please contact the Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Shire Council operates cemeteries in the townships of Ayr and Home Hill. Both cemeteries are well maintained with families and friends able to visit the resting place of their loved ones 24 hours a day. The cemeteries have an open environment with no gates.
The Council Burial Register contains burial details and reservations at the Ayr and Home Hill cemeteries.
Management and Control
Management and control of the the Ayr and Home Hill cemeteries is a function of the Burdekin Shire Council – Parks and Gardens section. This section provides a complete maintenance schedule for both cemeteries ensuring the facility is mowed on a regular basis and carefully looked after.
A full-time Sexton is employed at both the Ayr and Home Hill Cemeteries and is available Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm for all enquiries.
A Council Officer can arrange for the Sexton to meet individuals and families on site, at a mutually convenient time, to assist in selecting resting places for immediate and/or future needs. Funeral arrangements need to be organised through the family’s preferred funeral director.
Ayr Cemetery is at 1-7 Bruce Highway, AYR QLD 4807
Home Hill Cemetery is at 63-85 Fourth Street, HOME HILL QLD 4806
Cemeteries are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Lawn Sections
- Monumental Sections
Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, Coptic Orthodox and Seventh Day Adventist
- Columbarium Wall (Ashes)
There are many different scenarios associated with burials and carrying out works at the cemeteries. In most cases these fees are included in fees charged by funeral directors. Customers can enquire about the associated fees relating to cemeteries by visiting the 2012/13 Fees and Charges page or by contacting Burdekin Shire Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800.
Who to Contact
For more information please contact Council’s Customer Services Centre on 07 4783 9800 or by visiting Council’s Customer Service Centre at 145 Young Street, AYR.
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Council provides a number of places where travellers can stop and rest in our beautiful region.Preview...Hide...
Council provides a number of places where travellers can stop and rest in our beautiful region.
The Comfort Stop in Home Hill offers travellers the opportunity to stop for up to 48 hours every 2 weeks. This facility has all of the amenities needed to freshen up and recharge your batteries. The Comfort Stop offers clean showers and amenities, cooking facilities and a grey waste dumping point. The Comfort Stop is maintained and cleaned daily and should the facility not meet your standards in cleanliness or hygiene please contact the Customer Service Centre on 07 4783 9800 or complete and submit our customer feedback brochure.
Another rest stop is located at Sandy Corner which is north of Brandon on the Bruce Highway. This park offers a shady spot for lunch or to stretch the legs as well as toilet facilities. Sandy Corner also operates as a Driver Reviver Stop during long weekends and festive seasons.
Markets are held on the first and third Sunday of every month at Plantation Park. For further information and contact details regarding holding a stall or other enquiries please contact the Customer Service Centre on 07) 4783 9800.Preview...Hide...
Plantation Park Markets
Markets are held on the first and third Sunday of every month at Plantation Park.
First Sunday – conducted by Ayr State Primary School P&C. Contacts: Ayr State Primary School (4790 3333).
Third Sunday – conducted by Vietnam Veterans Association – Burdekin Sub-Branch. Contacts: Don Bailey (4783 6627).
Museum is open from 9.30am-5.00pm, seven days a week. Allow 2-3 hours. Covered shoes required for cannon firing activity. FREE for residents of Burdekin, Townsville, Charters Towers and Dalrymple shires.Preview...Hide...
Entry to the Museum of Tropical Queensland is FREE for residents of the Burdekin shire until June 2013.
Proof of residency must be produced on entry.
The Museum is open from 9.30am-5.00pm, seven days a week. The Museum is not open on:
- Good Friday
- Christmas Day
- The morning of ANZAC Day (25 April) – Opens at 1pm
The Museum recommends 2-3 hours to enjoy and explore the six public galleries. Covered shoes must be worn to participate in the cannon firing activity.
The main entrance to the Museum is on Flinders Street.
Additional information can be found by visiting the museum’s website:
Parks, Gardens & Leisure Facilities Burdekin Shire Council provides a diverse range of facilities, including parks and gardens with BBQ and picnic facilities, public swimming pools, sports parks and playgrounds, for the whole community to enjoy recreational, sporting and leisure pursuits. Parks in the Burdekin: Anzac Park, Macmillan Street, Ayr Railway Park, Railway Street, Ayr [...]Preview...Hide...
Parks, Gardens & Leisure Facilities
Burdekin Shire Council provides a diverse range of facilities, including parks and gardens with BBQ and picnic facilities, public swimming pools, sports parks and playgrounds, for the whole community to enjoy recreational, sporting and leisure pursuits.
Parks in the Burdekin:Anzac Park, Macmillan Street, AyrRailway Park, Railway Street, AyrCoutts Park, Beach Road, AyrLoco Park, MacKenzie Street, AyrPlantation Park, Bruce Highway, AyrRossiters Hill Park, Bruce Highway, AyrGordon Street Park, Gordon Street, AyrAlva Beach Park, Sandowns Street, Alva BeachRSL Park, Tenth Street, Home HillArch Dunn Memorial Park, Tenth Avenue, Home HillFruit Tree Park, Bruce Highway, Home HillLions Park, Bruce Highway, Home HillLloyd Mann Park, Eighth Avenue, Home HillWatson’s Green, Ninth Street, Home HillAshworth Park, Eighth Avenue, Home HillFord Park, First Street, Home HillSpiller Street Park, Spiller Street, BrandonMemorial Park, Spiller Street, BrandonBrolga Park, Carey Street, Giru
Public Toilets are located at the following locations:- AYR Anzac Park Mackenzie Street, Ayr Open 24 hours Coutts Park Beach Road, Ayr Open 24 hours Plantation Park Bruce Highway, Ayr Open 24 hours Queen Street Public Toilets Queen Street, Ayr Open: 6am-10pm Sunday to Thursday Open: 24 hours Friday and Saturday [...]Preview...Hide...
Public Toilets are located at the following locations:-
Mackenzie Street, Ayr
Open 24 hoursCoutts Park
Beach Road, Ayr
Open 24 hoursPlantation Park
Bruce Highway, Ayr
Open 24 hoursQueen Street Public Toilets
Queen Street, Ayr
Open: 6am-10pm Sunday to ThursdayOpen: 24 hours Friday and SaturdayALVA BEACHAlva Park
Sandowns Street, Alva
Open 24 hoursCLARENelson Street
Nelson Street, Clare
Open 24 hoursHOME HILLArch Dunn Memorial Park – Band Hall
84 Tenth Avenue, Home Hill
Open 24 hoursFord Park
Corner of Bruce Highway & First Street, Home Hill
Open 24 hoursHome Hill Comfort Stop
Eighth Avenue, Home Hill
Open 24 hoursLions Park
Home Hill-Kirknie Road, Home Hill
Open 24 hoursBRANDON
If your organisation or sporting club would like to sell raffle tickets or hold a street stall on a Council footpath or property permission is required. To obtain Council permission please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800 to see if your desired date and location are available. Council also requires your organisation or [...]Preview...Hide...
If your organisation or sporting club would like to sell raffle tickets or hold a street stall on a Council footpath or property permission is required. To obtain Council permission please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800 to see if your desired date and location are available. Council also requires your organisation or club to provide a current copy of your public liability to the value of $10 million dollars.
If your organisation or club would like to sell raffle tickets or hold a street stall at Woolworths, Coles or the East End Centre you will need to contact those businesses as the footpath is private land.
The Burdekin shire has many sports facilities and recreational facilities to suite your interests.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin shire has many sports facilities and recreational facilities to suite your interests.
For a list of facilities see the list of Sports and Recreational Facilities Contact List.
The Burdekin Shire Council has four pools located in Ayr, Home Hill, Clare and Millaroo.Preview...Hide...
The Burdekin Shire Council has four pools located in Ayr, Home Hill, Clare and Millaroo. The operation of the Ayr and Home Hill pools is contracted out. The Clare and Millaroo pools have Council staff to monitor and clean the facilities.
The Ayr Pool is located at 242-250 Queen Street, Ayr. The contact phone number is (07) 4783 2969.
Home Hill Pool
The Home Hill Pool is located at 63-95 Eleventh Avenue, Home Hill. The contact phone number is (07) 4782 2498.
The hours of the Ayr and Home Hill Pools are currently:-
Summer Hours (1 September – 30 April)
5.30am to 7.00pm every day (except Wednesday where the pools close at 6.00pm)
Winter Hours (1 May – 31 August)
Monday to Friday – 5.30am to 9.00am and 1.00pm to 6.00pm
Saturday and Sunday – 7.00am to 5.00pm
Public Holidays – 9.00am – 5.00pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Please note: Given the low temperature (17-18oC) of the Ayr Pool, the Manager has the ability to request a closure during the winter period.
Clare and Millaroo Pools
In Clare and Millaroo the residents of these townships pay an annual fee to a local association, which gives them a key to access the pool at their convenience. Please note that there is no lifeguard on duty at these pools.
Clare Pool – Located on the corner of School Road and George Road, Clare
Pool attendant is Juanita Hatch.
To obtain a key – contact for the committee is Mark Homewood at the Clare Store. The yearly access fees are payable each financial year to the Committee.
Millaroo Pool – Located in Cartys Street, Millaroo
Pool attendant is Judy Ferguson.
To obtain a key – contact for the Millaroo Management Committee is Gillian Harris. The yearly access fees are payable each financial year to the Committee.
Discover what the Burdekin has to offer. Take a walk along our walking tracks.Preview...Hide...
Discover what the Burdekin has to offer. Take a walk along our walking trails.
Walking in Burdekin Shire Council
Burdekin Shire Council is proud to be encouraging an active and healthy community by establishing an extensive network of off-road and on-road facilities for pedestrians across the urban area.
Who to contact