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Sarina.

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Located in the foothills of the Connors Range, Sarina has a population of over 3,800 with a total shire population of approximately 9,400.The town is situated on the Bruce Highway, 37 klms South of Mackay and 307 klms North of Rockhampton, and is noted for it's wide main street with shady lawned centre plantations. The area now know as the Sarina Shire was first noticed and reported by Captain Blackwood of HMS Fly, while making a survey of the coast in 1843.
The ship's naturalist, Mr. Jukes was so impressed with the country, that his favourable description influenced John Mackay to explore the district in 1860. The area became part of Plane Creek Station until Sarina's first settlers, Henry Bell and Edmund and Richard Atherton selected specific tracts of land for pastoral purposes. A township began to develop at Michelmores Hill, just north of the present site consisting of a hotel, store, and blacksmith's shop.When the Plane Creek Mill was erected in 1895, these original buildings were transferred to the town of Sarina we know today.

Beautiful Coastline View.

Coastline View

The Town of Sarina.

This charming sugar town offers an excellent base from which to explore the Shire's beaches. The town has a well manicured Golf Course, full Sporting facilities, pleasant Parks, Medical and Hospital Services,School facilities from Kindergarten to Year 12 level, and a wide range of Shopping facilities. Right on the doorstep of Sarina lies a host of picturesque sandy beaches,as well as many offshore islands, most within easy reach for the boaties. Mountain ranges provide an exciting contrast, boasting spectacular views of the surrounding area.
The largest coal exporting facility in The Southern Hemisphere at Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay make Sarina a focal point for coal development.while sugar cane farming, sugar milling, dairying, grazing, mariculture and Queensland's largest power alcohol plant provide further development for the region.

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Sarina has a wealth of activities to offer including Bowls, Golf, Tennis, Rifle Shooting, Squash, Basketball, Judo, Football,Soccer, Cricket,Netball,BMX, Athletics, Surf Lifesaving and Horse Riding.

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Beaches.

SARINA BEACH has a long sandy beach and ample facilities including Surf Lifesaving Club, Boat Ramp, Beachfront Store, Picnic Area and Lookout offering spectacular views.

SALONIKA BEACH is popular for locals and holiday makers.Sea Eagles Resort at the southern end has a licensed restaurant.

GRASSTREE BEACH is home of a thriving fishing and prawn industry, with varieties available at the fresh local seafood outlet.

ARMSTRONG BEACH is also popular for it's prawning and fishing. There is a a convenience store and picnic area and Armstrong Beach Caravan Park.

CAMPWIN BEACH is a quiet beach with boat launching facilities. At the northern end of the beach lies Coral Point,the entrance to Castrades Inlet where fishing trawlers and runabouts are moored and launched.

Water View
Aerial View
Water View

Hinterland.

SARINA RANGE is approximately 14 klms. south west of Sarina. Part of the Great Divide, The Sarina- Koumala Ranges have Bartons Lookout that provides visitors with excellent views over the surrounding countryside.

ALLIGATOR CREEK is one of many tidal watercourses in the area and hosts the Moana and Alligator Creek Caravan Parks. BBQ and camping facilities and a seafood outlet are available and the Alligator Creek Park has a swimming pool and on-site store.

CAPE PALMERSTON National Park lies in the SE. Region of the Shire and is Accessible by 4 WD only. Isolated beaches and native wildlife make this area a photographers dream.

MIDDLE CREEK DAM is to the West of Sarina and a picturesque drive out to the dam is well worth while for a spot of fishing, waterskiing or just a nice family picnic. The dam provides most of the town's water supply.

Aerial Town View

The Sarina Region offers the tourist an exciting and unique opportunity to explore a relatively unspoilt area which has maintained most of it's original charm. Many facets are discovered throughout the district-from the beautiful beaches and coastline to the scenic mountain ranges and National Parkland.

You'll be amazed that one area can encompass such a variety of resources, attracting all future growth and development potential.
So, if it's a relaxed, carefree experience you are searching for, take the time to discover The Sarina Surprise.

Aerial Town View