Separated from its sister of Ayr on the northern banks of the Burdekin River by the 1097m Silver Link bridge, Home Hill is a memorial in name to a Colonel Home who served in the Crimean War.
Dependent like so many coastal Queensland towns on sugar, Home Hill and Ayr have also invested their heritage in tourism, and the Lions Diorama Museum at the southern end of the bridge pays tribute to the pioneers of the Burdekin district, which now produces more mangoes than Bowen, long recognised as the nation's Mango Capital.
A few kilometres upriver, the towns of Clare, Millaroo and Dalbeg are centres of soldier settlements set up after World War II to produce tobacco. Tobacco, however, proved a pipedream, and it wasn't until 1964 when the struggling farmers were granted sugar quotas that the district blossomed.
The cultural heart of the region is the Burdekin Theatre with its eye-catching Living Lagoon sculptures which adorn the entrance approach. Using granite and bronze, sculptor Stephen Walker has created a stunning tableau of native flora and fauna.