A sugar town that is surrounded by a number of significant national parks and nature reserves.
Location: 990 km north of Brisbane; 32 km south of Mackay; 15 metres above sea level.
Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Centre
The Shire of Sarina is well known for the quality of the art and
craft produced by its very talented residents, the work of which is
exhibited here. The old timber building which houses the centre was
built 1906 and is known to locals as the 'Old Sarina Court House'.
Location: Railway Square, Bruce Hwy, Sarina.
A late twentieth century coastal settlement, 35 km south-east of
Mackay and 8 km east of Sarina. It is situated on the northern headland
of Sarina Inlet which was named by surveyor William Wilson in 1869.
Sarina Beach has ready access to a sandy ocean beach and to the
protected waters of the inlet. It has a store, a motel, a surf
life-saving club, a caravan park, and its hinterland includes wetlands
and tree-covered slopes. Grasstree Beach, Jilalan, Hay Point and
Dalrymple Bay are nearby.
The next headland south of Sarina Beach is Freshwater Point, and
beyond there is the coastal settlement of Armstrong Beach. It is 9 km
south-east of Sarina. The settlement dates at least from the early
1960s when a population of 26 was recorded. Armstrong Beach has a
caravan park and numerous holiday shacks.
Other places of interest: Sarina Inlet; Llewelyn Bay; Allom Point;
Mount Blarney Environmental Park (west); Mount Hector Environmental
Park (north east); Cape Palmerston National Park (south east); Mount
Funnel Range (contains volcanic plugs); West Hill National Parks (West
Hill Island, West Hill Creek); localities of Armstrongs Beach,
Freshwater Point, Campwin Beach, Sarina Beach; Plane Creek Mill; Sarina
Distillery (opened 1927) and ethanol plant; Field of Dreams Historical
Centre; General Gordon Hotel (1886); Hay Point lookout; Hay Point and
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals.
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Sarina Sugar Shed
A miniature sugar mill and distillery, it provides an ideal
adventure for all ages, where visitors have the opportunity to see the
process of sugar and distillation of rum and other alcoholic beverages.
Open all year round, visitors of any age can enjoy a fully
personalised guided tour of the entire facility and see firsthand how
sugar is grown, processed, milled and distilled in the unique miniature
mill. The tour take you on a 'touchy-feely-tasty' journey of three
generations of farming sugar cane. Enjoy a complimentary taste or two
of products produced in the mini distillery. Lime and Mango gourmet
sauces, liqueurs and schnapps available for purchase.
Location: Railway Square, Field of Dreams Parkland, Sarina.
It has been theorised that Sarina was the site of a Phoenician
settlement thousands of years ago. John Atherton, after whom the
Atherton Tableland were named, was the first recorded European to reach
this area, after having overlanded sheep from the New England District
of NSW via Rockhampton with his brother James. By the 1870s sugar cane
plantations had been established in the area.
Origin of name: derived from Sarina Inlet, which was probably named by
explorer George Dalrymple, who passed through the area in 1859. He had
a habit of drawing on Greek mythology for the names he gave to places
he visited - Sarina was a Greek mythological enchantress. An early
township, located a little further north of the present town, was known
as Plain Creek.