Sarina

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.

Sarina Beach

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.

Armstrong Beach

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.

Brief history

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.

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