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Spring in the sugar cane capital

Spring in the sugar cane capital

In partnership with Burdekin Shire Council

The Burdekin, situated between the Whitsundays and Townsville, makes for the perfect pit stop, weekend getaway or extended adventure when you are travelling along the Queensland coast.

Known as the sugar cane capital of Australia, the region encompasses the main townships of Ayr and Home Hill, which are linked by the iconic Burdekin River Bridge that crosses the mighty Burdekin River. The Burdekin is home to a diverse range of experiences and sights, such as the world-famous SS Yongala shipwreck, stunning natural wetlands, unspoiled beaches, world-class fishing, unique cultural experiences, great four-wheel driving, boutique shopping, several entertainment venues for the whole family, and many eateries, including cafes, pubs, and restaurants.

The region also boasts an impressive events calendar throughout the year – from football carnivals to theatre productions, to festivals, and everything in between, you will surely be entertained during your stay. The signature event that best showcases the Burdekin’s people, produce and culture is the Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival, which will return in May 2025. This is one not to be missed!

Travelling with kids and need somewhere to burn some extra energy? The Burdekin has a number of skate parks and playgrounds across the district, including the popular all-abilities playground at the Plantation Nature Play and the Ninja Park at Watson’s Green. When it’s time to cool off, make a visit to the newly built Water Park located at the Burdekin Aquatic Centre in Ayr.

No matter what vehicle you are travelling in or who is in it, there really is something for everyone to enjoy, and you will be spoiled for choice when deciding where to stay. With 300 days of sunshine a year, visit the Burdekin today to discover your very own adventure.

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