TOWN OF SARINA
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Sarina is a rural town and coastal locality in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia. Sarina has a population of 5,522 people.
Sarina was originally known as Plane Creek, but took its present name from the Sarina Inlet which was in turn named after Sarina, the Greek mythological enchantress, by William Charles Borlase Wilson, a surveyor, some time before 1882.
The town of Sarina is located on Plane Creek, which flows into the Coral Sea, but most of the urban development is on the northern side of the creek. The Bruce Highway and the railway line pass through the town, which is served by the Sarina railway station.
Industries include sugar cane growing and milling, cattle grazing and agriculture. It is a major supplier of ethanol through the CSR Limited distillery attached to CSR’s Plane Creek sugar mill Approximately 15 kilometres north is the second largest export coal terminal in Australia, and one of the biggest coal distribution terminals in the world, Hay Point.
SARINA SUGAR SHED
Take a Tour Taste the Action at Australia’s only miniature Sugar Mill & Distillery. Open Mon-Sat 9.00 am to 4.00pm. Tour times 9.30am 11.00 am 12.30pm and 2.00pm. Closed public Holidays. Tours include taste testing of our very own liqueurs, schnapps and our range of gourmet sauces.
There is no greater story in Australia’s history than that of Australia’s sugarcane industry. This story is ideally showcased, for visitors of all ages at the Sarina Sugar Shed where you can “take a tour and taste the action”.
Sarina Sugar Shed is situated just off the Bruce Highway, 37 km south of Mackay & 307 km north of Rockhampton.
BIG CANE TOAD
His scientific name is Bufo Marinus, but the locals have nicknamed him ‘Buffy’.
Buffy is located on Broad Street, which is also the Bruce Highway, the main road that passes through the middle of the town of Sarina. It sits in-between the north and south bound lanes.
FIELD OF DREAMS PARKLANDS
Stop, enjoy and even stay at the Sarina Field of Dreams Parklands to discover all that is on offer in the Sarina area and wider Mackay region.
Discover the historical and educational attractions at the Parklands including the Sarina Art and Craft Centre, Sarina Historical Centre and Sarina Art Gallery. And there is everything you need to plan your journey through the local area at the Visitor Information Centre.
Cape Palmerston National Park is one of the few remaining areas of natural coastline in the Mackay area. Windswept headlands, rainforest, swamps and sand dunes are shadowed by the imposing peak of Mount Funnel. Middens throughout Cape Palmerston are a reminder of the special connection Indigenous people have with this place.
Cape Palmerston National Park features sandy dunes, unspoilt beaches and rocky headlands, with Mount Funnel towering to 344 metres. The park’s beaches and inland roads are accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles. Check tide times before setting out as the beach is not passable at high tide.
Cape Palmerston National Park is very remote. Access is by 4WD only. Sand-driving experience is recommended. Beware of large tidal changes.
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal
Located at the Port of Hay Point, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT) is part of one of the largest coal exporting ports in the world. The terminal operates around the clock exporting thermal and metallurgical coal from Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin mines to ports around the world.
The Port of Hay Point is one of the world’s largest coal export ports and is comprised of two separate coal terminals, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and the Hay Point Services Coal Terminal (owned and operated by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance) that operate alongside each other.
As a neighbour to the Hay Point, Sarina and Mackay communities for 30 years, DBCT’s social responsibility to its neighbouring communities is based on a strong desire to take a real and valued contribution to the economic and social development of the area.
Sweeping golden sand, gentle waves and a popular location for nesting turtles is what makes Sarina Beach a hot-spot for visitors and locals alike. Only a few minutes from the town of Sarina, this beautiful beach is fringed by an esplanade park with barbecue and picnic facilities.
Enjoy lunch overlooking the coastal vista at a beachside restaurant in the old Surf Lifesaving Club building. The beach is patrolled seasonally by the local Surf Lifesaving Club. Motel style accommodation is also available. Fish off the beach or search the rocks at the northern point for delicious shellfish.
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