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Sarina Queensland

A charming country town with great hospitality and natural sceneries.


At a Glance

Tucked between Mackay and Rockhampton, Sarina is a moderate town of around 6000 people with unspoiled beaches and plenty of natural charm. Historically, the region was known for its thriving sugar industry. Sarina continues that legacy and proudly displays this heritage. At The Sarina Sugar Shed, you can learn about the sugar industry in the area and watch demonstrations of how sugar is processed from sugar canes on a tour.

There are many beaches around the area where you can swim, fish and engage other types of sports, or just stroll around enjoying the breeze. When the time is right, you may even see turtles coming up the shore to lay their eggs! There is also a bird sanctuary present here in Lake Barfield, where the famous black swans and white herons call home.


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Where is Sarina?

 

Sarina is 932 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Sarina is a minor town located inland on the Plane Creek flowing into the Coral Sea south of Mackay city in the Mackay region. It is located within a short distance between scenic mountain ranges and national parks. The best way to get to Sarina is to take a plane to Mackay from Brisbane and then take a transit coach.


 

Things to see in Sarina

 

Cape Palmerston National Park

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. Ruggedly beautiful, this park is home to the distinctive 344 m Mount Funnel and includes rocky headlands, a range of lowland vegetation, and beaches adjoining the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Cape Palmerston National Park

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland/Brooke Miles

 

Big Cane Toad

His scientific name is Bufo Marinus, but the locals have nicknamed him 'Buffy'. Situated in the town centre of Sarina, approximately 35 kilometres south of Mackay, Buffy is a large Cane Toad statue. It was originally crafted out of paper mache in 1983 to become a float for a sugar festival. It was later cast in fibreglass to become a fixture in the town, in recognition of Sarina's cane farming history. 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. Facilities close to Buffy include angled parking, public toilets, a gazebo, rubbish bins and picnic tables under trees for shade, making it a lovely area to stop for a picnic, and a photo with this iconic big statue.

 

The Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Centre

The Court House is full of beautifully locally made arts and crafts wonderful special gift ideas.In the fully restored jail cells you will find a treasure trove of all local and regional information.The complex sits in tropical parkland among the Field of Dreams Complex which also offers covered play area for the children, chairs, tables & BBQ.

The Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Centre

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland/Brooke Miles

 

Black Mountain

Black Mountain is the most diverse of Canberra’s nature parks. It houses 100 species of birds, 500 species of plants and 5000 species of insects. The wildflowers in spring and early summer are beautiful. You may even surprise reptiles sunning themselves on the path.

Black Mountain

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland

 

 
 

What's the weather like?

 

Sarina has the same tropical climate as its neighbours, experiencing heavy downpours during the summer and a less rainy winter. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 22°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 12°C with an average minimum of 23°C.

 

Get to know Sarina's history

 

Sarina was initially reached by John and Edmund Atherton in 1864 in search for grazing land. They established a pastoral run in the area known as the Plane Creek station. With the establishment of the station, more pastoralist flocked to the area and expanded the frontier. Over time, the population grew and the town developed with essential infrastructure being built. In 1907, Sarina was officially incorporated, deriving its name from the nearby Sarina Inlet.

The original inhabitants of the Mackay region was the Yuibera people. Captain James Cook passed through the area in 1770, naming several landmarks such as Cape Palmerston and Cape Hillsborough. The area was first pioneered by John Mackay who led an expedition to Pioneer Valley in search of good pastoral land. The nearby river, presently Pioneer River, was proposed to be named Mackay River after John’s father. However, it was renamed in 1862 to be Pioneer River after the ship HMS Pioneer that brought Queensland Governor George Bowen to the area. The area later became known as the sugar capital of Australia as it totals a third of Australia’s sugar cane output.