The Sweetest Journey, Sugar Trail

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Mackay was barely two years old when the first sugar cane was grown in Queensland and it didn't take long to realise that the fertile river plains of the Pioneer Valley were potential sugar growing fields. Journey to the Fantastic Field of Dreams which is located in front of Wilmar Plane Creek Mill to discover it's array of interesting and historical attractions. Explore the Sarina Sugar Shed to discover the journey of sugar from paddock to plate.

Journey Details

Duration
2 Hours
Distance
160 Kilometres

Full Itinerary

Field of Dreams, Sarina to Sarina Sugar Shed

Drive South on the Bruce Highway to the charming township of Sarina and make your first stop at the fantastic Field of Dreams! The Field of Dreams Parkland is situated in front of Wilmar Plane Creek Sugar Mill and is also home to an array of interesting and historical attractions.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Car
Distance 36.5 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance

Begin your exploration by booking a tour through the Sarina Sugar Shed, Australia's only miniature sugar mill and distillery, to discover the journey of sugar, from paddock to plate! Learn about the evolution of the sugar industry throughout Queensland and view vintage cane harvesting equipment. Enjoy a coffee and sweet treat from the cafe before discovering the other attractions within the parklands, including the Sarina District Historical Centre, Sarina Arts and Craft Centre and Sarina Art Gallery.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 1 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance

Drive back to Mackay and head on the Peak Downs Highway through Walkerston and when you reach the township of Eton, head towards the Marian-Eton Road. On your journey to Marian, you will pass a large brick chimney, the sole surviving stack of the 39 sugar mills that were built in the Mackay District in the 1800's. Other surviving relics can be discovered on this site, including concrete foundations and a well. Mackay's Visitor Information Centre on Nebo Road has a replica of the Richmond Mill stack built beside it.

Once in Marian, take the opportunity to visit historic Melba House. This historic building was once the home of famous Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba and showcases a collection of memorabilia to celebrate the Dame's career. Melba House is also home to an accredited Information Centre, with advice and information to enhance your local excursion.

Marian is also home to Mackay District's largest sugar mill, which operates during crushing season, (June to November).

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car
Distance 51.6 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Mirani Museum to Farleigh Sugar Mill

Continue your drive to the quaint township of Mirani and visit the Mirani Museum. The beautifully presented musuem includes a display on the sugar industry, indigenous artefacts and a large natural history section which includes the fossilised remains of a Diprotodon.

The nearby township of Pinnacle is an ideal location to stop for coffee and cake. The Pinnacle Pub is home to the Pinnacle Pie and they are one of the best pies in town! Relax in a tropical garden and gaze toward a field of sugar cane.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car
Distance 19 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance

End your sweet soiree with a tour of a working sugar mill. Drive back towards Mackay on the Bruce Highway and join a tour of the Farleigh Sugar Mill. Tours operate during crushing season, from June to November. Call the Mackay Visitor Information Centre for more information or to book a tour.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car
Distance 13 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance

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