Sarina QLD

About Sarina

Sarina is essentially a sugar industry town surrounded by cane fields. The local sugar mill dominates the landscape. Apart from the Sugar Shed, an excellent introduction to the processes involved in extracting sugar products from cane, the town is most notable for the attractions which surround it. Within a relatively short distance are the rainforests in the hinterland; the excellent Sarina Beach where the water temperature hovers between 20°C and 22°C all year – beware of the deadly stingers; and the fascinating coal loading facilities at Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay.

An amusing bonus is the town’s main street where, in the median strip, there is “Buffy” – the Cane Toad and, at the northern end, a rock commemorating John Atherton (after whom the Atherton Tablelands were named) who was the first European to reach the area. He travelled overland from Rockhampton (sourced from the Aussie Towns website – click for more).

We left Cape Hillsborough a day earlier than expected as we were bombarded by sand flies (AKA midges) and Merrisa was covered in bites.

So it was off to the sugar town of Sarina. Booked into Sarina Palms Caravan Village again because it was a great little park which we had previously stayed at (maplink).

The owners of the park have a collection of concrete animals placed around the park. It sounds strange but is actually rather quaint. At night the road is actually lit up like an airport landing strip LOL.

Being Friday it was fish & chip night, which we joined in with our fellow campers. What a great night, sharing a few beers and stories with fellow travellers.

Summing up…

  • Accommodation Sarina Palms Caravan Village (website)
    • Cost per night$33.00 (@ 23-Oct-2020)
    • Facilitiesstandard and very clean
    • CP Location31 Anzac Street Sarina (maplink)
    • Our rating/score9/10
  • Was it a nice town to visit? no chance to check it out
    • Activities & places of interest this was just an overnighter. Would like to return to check it out
    • Tourist info centre?Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre (website)
    • Would we return?yes
    • Overall Score8/10
  • Summing upwe want to come back and check out the area as it looks promising. We’ve stayed here twice but only for an overnighter.

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