Ayr is within the Burdekin Shire in Queensland, 88km south of Townsville, 12km from Home Hill, 112km north of Bowen and 290km north of Mackay.
The Burdekin region produces the most sugar cane per square kilometre in Australia, with the district also one known for its mango and melon production. It also has a multi-million dollar horticultural industry, grazing and prawn farming.
The Burdekin region boasts more than 300 sunny days each year, miles of sandy beaches, unspoiled mangrove estuaries, unique wetlands, abundant birdlife, walking tracks and friendly country towns.
Ayr has a population of almost 9000 and has a variety of chain stores, ten pin bowling, a toyshop, drive in movie, cinema, six pubs as well as a range of sports, electrical, fashion stores and several banks. Alva beach, a popular area for fishing and swimming, is located 16km east of Ayr.
Ayr has several state primary schools (Ayr, East Ayr, Kalamia and others in surrounding areas) and two non-government primary schools, St Francis School (Catholic) and Burdekin Christian College. There is one state high school (Ayr State High School) and one non-government high school (Burdekin Catholic High School).