Sarina, Queensland

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Sarina is located in Queensland
Coordinates21°25′S 149°13′E / 21.417°S 149.217°E / -21.417; 149.217Coordinates: 21°25′S 149°13′E / 21.417°S 149.217°E / -21.417; 149.217
Population5,730 (2011 census)[1]
LGA(s)Mackay Regional Council
State electorate(s)Mirani
Federal Division(s)Capricornia
Localities around Sarina:
Sunnyside Munburra
Alligator Creek
Grasstree Beach
Sarina Beach
Blue Mountain Sarina Freshwater Point
Armstrong Beach
Sarina Range Koumala Coral Sea

Sarina /səˈrnə/[2] is a town and locality in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia.[3][4] In the 2011 census, Sarina had a population of 5,730 people.[1]


Sarina lies just inland of the east coast of Queensland, 34 kilometres (21 mi) south of the city of Mackay, and approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi) north of the city of Rockhampton. The Bruce Highway passes through the locality from south to north, as does the North Coast railway line.[5]

The town of Sarina is located on Plane Creek, which flows into the Coral Sea, but most of the urban development is on the northern side of the creek. The Bruce Highway and the railway line pass through the town, which is served by the Sarina railway station.[5]

The neighbourhood of Oonooie lies 6.8 km south of the town (21°28′00″S 149°13′59″E / 21.46667°S 149.23306°E / -21.46667; 149.23306 (Oonoie)) and is the name of a former railway station on the North Coast line, which was named on 29 April 1915, reportedly after a principal clanswoman of that area.[5][6]

The neighbourhood of Mount Convenient lies 4.8 km north of the town (21°24′00″S 149°12′00″E / 21.40000°S 149.20000°E / -21.40000; 149.20000 (Mount Convenient)) and is the name of a former railway station on the North Coast line, which was named on 30 October 1913 after a nearby peak, Mount Convenient.[5][7]

The neighbourhood of Swayneville lies 9.9 km south-west of the town (21°28′00″S 149°09′00″E / 21.46667°S 149.15000°E / -21.46667; 149.15000 (Swayneville)).[8]

The Goonyella railway line passes along the eastern boundary of the locality towards the Hay Point coal terminal.[5]


Industries include sugar cane growing and milling, cattle grazing and agriculture. It is a major supplier of ethanol through the CSR Limited distillery attached to CSR's Plane Creek sugar mill.[9]

Approximately 15 kilometres (9 mi) north is the second largest export coal terminal in Australia,[10] and one of the biggest coal distribution terminals in the world, Hay Point.


Sarina was originally known as Plane Creek, but took its present name from the Sarina Inlet which was in turn named after Sarina, the Greek mythological enchantress, by William Charles Borlase Wilson, a surveyor, some time before 1882.[3][11][12]

Sarina State High School opened on 28 January 1964.[13] In 2014, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary.[14]

At the 2006 census, Sarina had a population of 3,285.[15]

Heritage listings[edit]

Sarina has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


In the town of Sarina, there is Sarina State School and St Anne's Catholic Primary School as well as Sarina State High School. There is also Swayneville State School in Swayneville.


The Mackay Regional Council operates a library at 65 Broad Street and operates a mobile library service on a fortnightly schedule at Swayneville near the school.[17][18] The library facility opened in 1984 with a major refurbishment in 2013.[19]

The Sarina branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the QCWA Hall at 2 Broad Street.[20]


Sarina is home of the Sarina Crocodiles, a Rugby league club, producing Queensland representative players including Martin Bella, Dale Shearer, Kevin Campion, Daly Cherry-Evans and dual international Wendell Sailor.[21]


Proximity to the coast and mountains attracts tourists through this area. Recently[when?] tourism has grown in Sarina with Mackay being relatively close.

A large cane toad statue, called Buffy, is situated in the town centre in honour of Sarina's cane farming history. Buffy was made from fibreglass in the early 1980s for a parade float for the Apex Sugar Festival. The name Buffy comes from the species name bufo marinus.[22]

Buffy has been painted for the "state of origin" football game multiple times and has even been stolen. To try and deter further theft, buffy has been chained to the concrete slab on broad street where he resides, though this hasn't stopped people from decorating buffy with "Queenslander" flags and state of origin banners

Notable people from Sarina[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Sarina". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 January 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ a b "Sarina - town (entry 29962)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Sarina - locality (entry 49372)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Oonooie - neighbourhood (entry 25483)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Mount Convenient - neighbourhood (entry 22996)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Swayneville (entry 32988)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  9. ^ Council, Mackay Regional (2011-01-24). "Overview". Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  10. ^ Coal in Australia#Major coal export ports
  11. ^ "Sara Inlet (entry 29968)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  12. ^ "The history of names: Mackay district". Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  13. ^ "Opening and closing dates of schools in Queensland". Education Queensland. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Queensland school anniversaries". Education Queensland. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  15. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Sarina (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  16. ^ "Sarina War Memorial (entry 601291)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Libraries: Contact/Opening Hours". Mackay Regional Council. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Mobile Library Timetable 2017" (PDF). Mackay Regional Council. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Queensland Public Library Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. November 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Sarina Rugby League Club celebrates the past and the present". Daily Mercury. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Sarina's iconic toad to be removed to get a 'facelift' 22nd Jan 2016 12:00 PM". Daily Mercury. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.

External links[edit]

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