Start your Sarina exploration at the Field of Dreams Parklands. Aside from being the location of the Visitor Information Centre, it’s also home to the Sarina Sugar Shed. Walk through the local sugar industry processes and history on the Shed’s interactive tour. You’ll experience the colour, aroma, taste, feel and sounds of mill production.
Before you leave the parklands, stop in at the Sarina Art and Craft Centre, home of locally made arts, crafts and souvenirs. If you’re interested in another of Sarina’s industries, the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal is located at Hay Point. Start your tour at the administration building where you’ll find interpretive signage and fantastic views. It also includes one of the largest coal loading jetties in the world, at 3.8 kilometres.
The Sarina Museum and Sarina District Historical Centre can easily be explored together. The exhibits showcase displays of gold mining, sugar, the cattle industry, coal and rail industries. But also feature an intimate look into daily life of generations gone by with relics of the kitchen, children’s toys and even wedding dresses worn more than 100 years ago, all lovingly cared for on the premises.
You’ll find World War I memorialised by a soldier statue that has stood since 1919. It specifically commemorates the 114 local men who enlisted in the war campaign. The slightly bowed head and crossed hands leaves you with a thoughtful sense of the sacrifice of war and the 24 local men who died to protect the Australian way of life. Don’t forget to stop at the local bakery for one of Sarina’s infamous pies before you head off.