The town has a population of about 8000 and is a major centre for growing sugar cane, mangoes and vegetables. This is helped by the good water supply in the area. The town attracts people with working holiday visas between March and December to work on harvests.
Ayr is on the North Coast railway line, which links Brisbane with Townsville and Cairns. Ayr is 1,260km from Brisbane. Trains from Brisbane run 5 days per week leaving around 15:45 and arrive at 08:00 the following day. Trains from Cairns run 5 days per week, departing around 09:00 and arrive at 16:20 the same day.
- Alva Beach (Lynch’s Beach) (17km from Ayr).
- Historic buildings in the town centre. There are several buildings from the early twentieth century around Queen Street.
- Yongala Dive, 56 Narrah St, ☎ +61 7 4783 1519, toll-free: 1300 766 410 (bookings), fax: +61 7 4783 7277, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alva Beach. Yongala Dive offers 2 dive scuba diving day trips to the Yongala Wreck, which is only 45 minutes boat travel from Ayr. Trips cost $160 or $190 with gear hire included. Bus transfers from Airlie Beach are available for $40. Some speciality dive courses are available on request but introductory dive training is not.
The town's backpackers offer weekly rates for temporary workers.
- Delta Backpackers, 139 Queen St. Beds from $25.
- Ayr Backpackers, 52-56 Wilmington St. From $30.
|Routes through Ayr|
|Townsville ←||N S||→ Bowen|