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.
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.