Ayr, Queensland

Ayr, Queensland

Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Ayr
state = qld

caption =
lga = Burdekin Shire Council
postcode = 4807
est =
pop = 8,334 (2001 census)
elevation= 12.0
maxtemp = 29.0
mintemp = 17.8
rainfall = 953.9
stategov = Burdekin
fedgov = Dawson
dist1 = 1273
location1= Brisbane
dist2 = 88
location2= Townsville
dist3 = 290
location3= Mackay

Ayr is a town in Queensland, Australia near the delta of the Burdekin River. It is within the Burdekin Shire, which produces the most sugar cane per square kilometre in Australia utilizing underground water supplies and water from the Burdekin Dam to irrigate crops when rains fail.

Ayr is located 88 km south of Townsville on the Bruce Highway and 12km away from the (smaller) town of Home Hill. It is 112km north of Bowen and 290km north of Mackay. Ayr has a population of approximately 9000. It has the usual chain stores, ten pin bowling, a toyshop, [http://www.stardust.8m.net/ drive in movie] , cinema, 6 pubs as well as a range of sports, electrical, fashion stores. Ayr has several banks including the Commonwealth, ANZ, Suncorp, National and Bendigo Bank. Alva beach, a popular area for fishing and swimming, is located 16km east of Ayr.

Ayr has several state primary schools (Ayr, East Ayr, Kalamia and several others in surrounding areas) and two non-government primary schools, St Francis School (Catholic) and Burdekin Christian College. Ayr has one state high school and one non-government high school. Ayr State High School was the 8th public secondary high school in Queensland. The non-government high school is called the Burdekin Catholic High School.

Several sports are played in Ayr, such as Touch football which is competitive and popular.Rugby League and Rugby Union are both also popular sports. Karrie Webb (golfer) was born in Ayr and also grew up in Ayr. Netball and Table Tennis (ping pong) are also popular sports in Ayr.

Notable persons from Ayr

*Matthew Ham: Professional Soccer Player - "Queensland Roar"
*Shane Muspratt: Professional Rugby League Player
*Ryan Phelan: Journalist and Television presenter
*Don Walker: Musician/song writer - "Cold Chisel"
*Karrie Webb: LPGA Golfer and member of LPGA Hall Of Fame

ee also

*"SS Gothenburg"

External links

* [http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au Burdekin Shire Council Website]
* [http://www.stardust.8m.net/ Stardust Drive in and Galaxy Cinema]

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