to Dalbeg Inn and McShane's Produce website.
The Dalbeg Inn and McShane's Produce are situated
on the Ayr/Dalbeg Road, Dalbeg. 90 klms south/west of Ayr on the
banks of the Burdekin River past Clare and Millaroo. One and a half
hours south/west of Townsville and directly opposite Bowen and the
Whitsundays as the crow flys over the mountains in North Queensland.
Dalbeg is in the upper reaches of the Burdekin Valley nestled at
the foothills of the Leichardt Ranges. Not too far away from Magnetic
Island, The Whitsundays and Airlie Beach, the Great Barrier Reef
and Yongala Wreck site.
We provide the complete package, budget accommodation
on farm, seasonal fruit and vegetable picking work, on-site bush
pub, fishing, bushwalking, croc spotting, sunset gazing, birdwatching,
cane fire watching, access to 4WD tracks as well as other bush familiar
activities including the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships. Everyone is welcome at the Dalbeg Inn, backpackers,
grey nomads, tourists, locals, travellers, seasonal workers, tour
buses, wine tasters, country lunch goers. Truly an Aussie Outback
We aim to provide a unique rural bush experience
at a budget price comparable to other backpacking hostels. Get to
know the locals over a cold beer in the beer garden and listen to
some pig hunting escapades or watch the magnificient sunsets over
the Leichardt Rangers. Watch the Emus foraging in the bamboo near
the workers camp. Backpackers and travellers from all over the world
have experienced what is unique about Dalbeg in Oz.
Sugar Cane Carbon Friendly
Dalbeg is one of the first areas in the Burdekin to adopt green cane harvesting with McShane’s Produce being one of the first farms to adopt the practice. We have been harvesting green cane for 10 years.
About McShane's Produce
The McShane family came from Northern Ireland in
1954 and drew the home block via a ballot system under the Irrigation
and Water Supply Settlement Act. The first leases were issued on
5th December, 1955. Originally tobacco farms, Dalbeg farmers began
receiving sugar cane assignments in 1963. Sugar cane is still the
predominant crop of Dalbeg, with McShane's Produce the only large
horticultural grower in the area producing up to 38,000 cases of
zucchini, gold squash each year, 400 plus tones
of pumpkin and watermelon and up to 5000 tones of sugar cane.
McShane's Produce is a Freshcare quality assured farm providing
safe food for Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Dalbeg is gaelic for small valley. Dal means valley
beg meaning small, being named by the original settler, James Hall
Scott in May, 1863 after Dalbeg from his native Scotland. James
Hall Scott travelled from Melbourne to Bowen and discovered that
much of the land was still largely unstocked and made claim to many
unstocked land holdings throughout the Bowen/Burdekin region. He
named many of his holdings after places in Scotland. The Dalbeg
farming area was resumed after the completion of the Gorge Weir
in 1953 and put up for ballot under the Irrigation and Water Supply
Settlements Act with the first leases being issued on 5th December,