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Welcome 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 experience.

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.

History

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, 1955.


 


 

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