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.