Taking its name from the Scottish birthplace of the 1882 Queensland premier, the North Queensland sugar town of Ayr is separated from its twin, Home Hill, by the Burdekin River.
The twin towns are linked by the district’s most prominent landmark, the Silver Link bridge, which is half as long again as the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Ayr is only 10 kilometres from the coast where Alva Beach boasts the oldest surf lifesaving club in North Queensland.
The clock tower in the main street honours John Drysdale, who pioneered the method of injecting spears into the subsoil to tap into underground water reservoirs. The Ayr Nature Display is a unique wall made from 2,600 pieces of local rock, preserved insects, indigenous reptiles, fossils and shells.
Although sugar remains the primary crop in the Ayr region, the Burdekin catchment area now produces more mangoes than the so-called national mango capital, Bowen, 110 kilometres to the south.