At the heart of the Sugar Coast about 37km south of Mackay, Sarina produces some spectacular fireworks from July through to November when the local cane farmers conduct their annual burn-offs which light the sky with smoke-tinged flames and leaping, glowing ashes. It is a daunting and wonderful sight, especially at night.
From the cane, Sarina produces molasses and ethyl alcohol, as well as sugar. Cane and spectacular light shows apart, Sarina is a charming town set in the foothills of the Connors Range and close to some of the most attractive beaches on the Mackay coast - Half Tide, Grasstree, Perpetua, and Campwin, which also supports a commercial prawn farm.
It is a stretch of coast renowned for its fishing. The golden sands of Sarina Beach, 16km north-east of the town, are fringed with high dunes where locals and their visitors can picnic while they absorb the peerless views. Different but no less stunning views also greet picnic parties to Middle Creek Dam and the Kounmala Ranges to the west of Sarina.