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Gubulla Munda sculpture in Ayr, Queensland.jpg
Gubulla Munda is a 60 metre carpet snake sculpture located in Plantation Park.
Population 8,093 (2006 census)
Established 1882
Postcode(s) 4807
Elevation 12.0 m (39 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Burdekin
State electorate(s) Burdekin
Federal Division(s) Dawson
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
29.0 °C
84 °F
17.8 °C
64 °F
953.9 mm
37.6 in

Ayr is a town and locality in the Shire of Burdekin, Queensland, Australia.


Ayr is located 88 kilometres (55 mi) south of Townsville on the Bruce Highway and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) away from the (smaller) town of Home Hill. It is 112 kilometres (70 mi) north of Bowen and 290 kilometres (180 mi) north of Mackay. Ayr is located near the delta of the Burdekin River. It is within the Burdekin Shire, which produces the most sugar cane per square kilometre in Australia utilising underground water supplies and water from the Burdekin Dam to irrigate crops when rains fail.

Alva beach, a popular area for fishing and swimming, is located 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) east of Ayr.

Ayr has a population of approximately 8,000.


Ayr is believed to be named after the Scottish town of Ayr, the birthplace of Queensland Premier Sir Thomas McIlwraith.

Ayr Post Office opened on 25 August 1883.

StateLibQld 2 242195 War Memorial Park arch over the gate at Ayr, 1937-1938
War Memorial Park arch over the gate at the Memorial Park, 1937-1938

The Ayr War Memorial Arch is the entrance to the Memorial Park and commemorates those who served in World War I. It was dedicated in November 1925 by the shire chairman, Councillor Barsby.

Heritage listings

Ayr has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


The A1 passes through the town. This, mostly two laned highway, is the major road of the Burdekin. It links Ayr with neighboring Brandon and Home Hill. Ayr's main street, Queen street, is a wide two laned street capable of handling a large amount of slow travelling cars.

Ayr Railway Station is the town's rail transit stop. Regular services run from Brisbane to Cairns.

While the town has no public transport, several bus routes pick up school children across the region.


Ayr has the usual chain stores, including Domino's Pizza, ten pin bowling, a toyshop, cinema, six pubs, and a range of sports, electrical and fashion stores. Ayr has several banks including the Commonwealth, ANZ, Suncorp, National and Bendigo Bank.

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