South of Townsville, the Bruce Highway winds through one of Australia's richest sugar producing regions, the Burdekin, through the typical Far North Queensland farming towns of Ayr and Home Hill and south to the pleasant beachside town of Bowen.
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The Burdekin River, the lifeblood of the Burdekin region, is spanned by a 1,097 metre long BRIDGE, longer than Brisbane's Story Bridge or the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Nearby Burdekin Dam is a great spot for fishing, with Grunter, Bream or Barramundi likely catches. With an 876 metre long dam wall, and a drop of 37 metres, the dam itself is quite a sight, and is one of the largest dams in Australia.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN THE BURDEKIN
STENNO'S SPORTSFISHING TOURS
Burdekin region (MAP)
Phone (07) 4782 9667
Discover the fish rich waters of the Burdekin District with approximately 22 estuaries and two rivers inside two huge bays. Your guide Andrew specialises in lure bait and fly fishing for species such as Barramundi - Mangrove Jack - Fingermark - Bream - Cod - Queenfish - Salmon - Trevally - Flathead - Tarpon - Mackerel and more.....
Stenno's Sportfishing Tours run daily trips and two day accommodated fishing tours.
GETTING AROUND THE BURDEKIN
Greyhound Buses stop at Ayr, Home Hill and Bowen on their route from Cairns to Brisbane. These buses also stop at Mission Beach, Townsville and Airlie Beach among other North Queensland's towns along the way. A Greyhound 'bus pass' will give you the flexibilty to stop off at interesting destinations along the way.
Premier / Pioneer Motor Service also run a bus service from Brisbane to Cairns and viceversa. The buses stop at Proserpine, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Home Hill, Ayr, Townsville, Ingham, Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach, Innisfail and Gordonvale.
The Tilt Train stops at the cities of Ayr, Home Hill and Bowen on its way to Brisbane from Cairns. The train leaves Cairns at 8:15am every Sunday and Wednesday, and gets to Ayr at 3:50pm.
The Queenslander and the Sunlander travel from Cairns to Brisbane and return. Althought none of them stops at any of the city on the Burdekin area, they do stop at Cairns and Townsville. It is then easy to travel to Bowen from any of these destinations.