When traveling north from Mackay to Townsville you expect to pass through Ayr on the way through. But a a surprise is the significant small town of Home Hill signals a ‘not so fast’ interruption to that mind set. Home Hill is just over 10k from Ayr, but the mighty Burdekin Bridge/River seems to have fully distanced Home Hill from its near neighbor.

Home Hill is a numbered streets and avenue town. Our only other town visited that adopted this practice has been Tauranga in NZ to this point in our travels.

Home Hill was originally part of the Inkerman Downs Cattle Station and he cattle station was converted to sugar cane in 1911 and the town developed quite quickly.

The town was originally going to be named Holme Hill after a battle in the Crimean War. However, the sign writer wasn't given a written spelling of the name and made an error when creating the sign that inevitably read "Welcome to Home Hill".

Another mystery about the town name - the town is not built on a hill. It is on a fairly flat river delta. The nearest hill is about 10km away.

The main attractions in Home Hill are the Burdekin Bridge and Inkerman Sugar Mill. The Museum detailing the history of the bridge is worth a good look.

The Home Hill War Memorial is accorded acknowledgement at the RSL.

The Churches at Home Hill are a mix of modern and practical.

All of the Home Hill Hotels are ‘old’ buildings with many a story to relate. Great buildings these.

Home Hill, with mysteries of name and street names is actually worth a stopover.

Diary notes





Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course