Whether you like long walks on the beach, dropping a line or splashing in the saltwater, Sarina beaches have must-see natural beauty.
Located 10 kilometres east from the Sarina township, escape the rat race and enjoy a picturesque picnic on Sarina’s uncrowded beaches for a stunning sunrise.
Sarina Beach is a popular location for nesting turtles and for visitors and locals alike. It’s located just a few minutes’ drive from Sarina township. The beach is patrolled seasonally by the local Surf Lifesaving Club.
Make a day of it with the whole family and enjoy the esplanade park with barbecue and picnic facilities or dine at a beachside restaurant in the old Surf Lifesaving Club building.
Fish off the beach or search the rocks at the northern point for delicious oysters.
Just a 15-minute drive from Sarina you will find Grasstree Beach, hands down one of the most scenic beaches in the region.
Sheltered in Zelma Bay, Grasstree Beach is a popular swimming destination, although not patrolled. Surrounding features include a large grassy recreational area, public toilets, picnic tables, playground and convenience store.
Popular with the local anglers for its nearby reefs, islands, creeks and beach fishing. There are boat ramps on each side of Cabbage Tree Creek.
Situated north of Sarina you’ll find Salonika Beach, a popular destination amongst many holiday makers and Sarina residents. The 2km stretch of sandy beach is ideal for swimming, with views of Victor Island only 1km offshore. Parallel to the beach you will find a playground and picnic tables.
If you’re interested in wildlife, keep a keen eye out for black cockatoos, sea eagles and bush turkeys. There are also sightings of loggerhead turtles, echidnas and seasonal whales and dolphins. The nearby wetlands provide unique bird-watching opportunities.
Accommodation is available at the southern end of Salonika Beach and features a licensed restaurant.
Well known for its fishing and prawning, Armstrong Beach is a 12-minute drive from the township of Sarina where you will find a small seaside community, picnic area, playground and caravan park.
From Armstrong Beach you can head to Freshwater Point. Freshwater Point is where Captain Cook first landed in 1770 looking for fresh water, hence its name.
Cape Palmerston National Park is a natural beauty displaying a diverse and rugged terrain of windswept rocky headlands, mangroves, wetlands, rainforest and undulating sand dunes.
Visitors to the cape will be spoilt with a stunning vantage point to view passing humpback whales during the cooler months and marine wildlife such as turtles and dugongs. The adjacent seawaters and Cape Creek system are protected marine parks, with Ince Bay zoned a Dugong Protection Area.
You will be in awe of the open Eucalypt woodlands with ironbark and poplar gums growing along the ridges, and paperbarks grow in gullies with the distinctive 344m Mount Funnel towering over the park. With Cape Creek and Windmill Bay camping areas shaded by she-oak woodlands.
The park is very remote and access via roads or beaches is possible by four-wheel-drive vehicle only, making it suitable for self-sufficient campers. Beach access is tide-dependent and sand-driving experience is highly recommended.
Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site at all times. To book your camp site and permit, visit Queensland National Parks' website.
For up-to-date information about the park, visit Queensland Government Parks and Forest's website.