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.
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.
Sarina Tourist Art and Craft CentreThe 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.
Campwin and Sarina beaches are the two main surfing beaches for the sugar town of Sarina. They share the same 2 km long stretch of beach between Coral and Perpetua Points, with Leeper Reef and adjoining rock flats separating the two at low tide. Campwin beach is backed by four rows of houses and has a store and small beachfront reserve with basic facilities. A boat ramp into Castrades Inlet is located at the back of the beach.
Sarina Beach is 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. Armstrong Beach is the only settlement on the coast between Sarina and Green Hill, 40 km to the south. Located 7 km east of Sarina, it has a scattering of holiday houses, a store and a caravan park. The 3.6 km long beach lies 4 km inside Llewellyn Bay. These are relatively safe and usually calm beaches that can only be used for swimming at high tide when the tidal flats are covered. Most residents either launch their boats from the creek at high tide to fish the creek and bay, or fish the creek from the shore.
Perpetua Point forms the northern entrance to the large, shallow Sarina Inlet, that has predominantly mangrove-fringed shores extending up to 10 km inland, where the sizeable Plane Creek flows into the system at Sarina. The inlet entrance is 2 km across, a 500 metre long causeway across tidal flats links the peninsula with Armstrong beach. The Sarina beach Road skirts the top end of the beach and there is a 4WD track to some shacks out on the southern end of the beach below Point Salisbury, but otherwise the beach is undeveloped. The beach is protected from direct wave attack by Freshwater Point, which extends 4 km to the east, and the entrance tidal shoals of Sarina Inlet. All six beaches here are rarely used for swimming, hoever it is one of the main fishing sites for the region. There is also rock fishing on Freshwater Point and off the Deception Inlet points.
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.