Gubulla Munda is a 60 metre carpet snake sculpture located in Plantation Park.
|Elevation||12.0 m (39 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Burdekin|
Ayr is a town in Queensland, Australia near the delta of the Burdekin River, named after the Scottish town of Ayr by the settlers from the United Kingdom. It is within the Burdekin Shire, which produces the most sugar cane per square kilometre in Australia utilising 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 12 km away from the (smaller) town of Home Hill. It is 112 km north of Bowen and 290 km north of Mackay. Ayr has a population of approximately 8,000. It has the usual chain stores, ten pin bowling, a toyshop, cinema, 6 pubs as well as a range of sports, electrical and 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 16 km east of Ayr.
A wide variety of sports are played in Ayr, including Touch football, which is competitive and draws an increasing number of participants each year, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Soccer, tennis and golf. Netball and Table Tennis (ping pong) are also popular. The Ayr Surf Life Saving club is a small yet highly established club boasting a number of past and present skilled members and competitors.
Ayr is home to one newspaper. The Ayr Advocate has a Burdekin wide circulation of just under 4000 people. The paper is published by Sydney based News Limited, and has 3 full-time journalists.
Infrastructure and Transport
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.
Ayr is home to a small, state owned hospital. The one-storey building offers basic emergency care. The hospital features a helipad, which is utilized during more serious emergencies.
The A1 passes through the town. This, mostly two laned highway, is the major road of the Burdekin. It links Ayr with neighboring Brandon and Home Hill. Ayr's main street, Queen street, is a wide two laned street capable of handling a large amount of slow traveling cars. The street can be upgraded to a 5 laned street, by removing car parks.
Ayr Railway Station is the town's rail transit stop. Regular services run from Brisbane to Cairns, via Ayr, Townsville and all stations to Cairns.
While the town has no public transport, several bus routes pick up school children across the region.
Ayr has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 82-90 Wickham Street: Ayr State High School
- 145 Young Street: Burdekin Shire Council Chambers
- 163 Queen Street: Ayr Court House
Notable persons from Ayr
- Matthew Ham: Professional Football Player - North Queensland Fury
- Zachary Anderson: Professional Football Player - Gold Coast United
- Shane Muspratt: Professional Rugby League Player
- Ryan Phelan: Journalist and Television presenter
- Don Walker: Musician/song writer - Cold Chisel
- Karrie Webb: LPGA Golfer, member of LPGA Hall of Fame.
- Kel O'Shea: Australian representative rugby league player 
- Patricia Cockrem: Former Australian basketball player
- Mark Dalle Cort: Rugby league and union player
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Ayr (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- "Ayr State High School (entry 16335)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
- "Burdekin Shire Council Chambers (entry 16658)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
- "Ayr Court House (entry 15899)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
- Whiticker, Alan and Hudson, Glen (2005). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players - Wests Tigers. Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. pp. 191–192. ISBN 1-920910-61-1.
- Categories for Naming Features on Planets and Satellites, Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, USGS Astrogeology Science Center, NASA
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Ayr (Queensland).|