S is for Scone, New South Wales; Sale, Victoria and Sarina in Queensland

Continuing the A-Z of Australian country towns with attendant haiku, today is the letter S.

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Scone
Scone is pronounced sk-oan rather than sk-on which is what we call the bakery item of the same name. Scone was named for its predecessor in Scotland. The NSW Scone is the self-styled horse capital of Australia and the thoroughbred racehorse breeding industry is indeed the largest in Australia.
http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/hunter/upper-hunter/scone

Sale
The population of Sale is approaching 15000 which puts it in the category of being a small city and thus not really a ‘town’. But since I’ve already included Ballarat and Ararat, I decided Sale could be included too. Sale is in the usually lush region of Gippsland and serves the agricultural industries. The Port of Sale is a handy setting off point for those who wish to travel down the artificial canal to join the Thomson River and then into the expansive Gippsland Lakes.
http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Gippsland/Destinations/Sale

Sarina
Sarina is located within a strong sugar-growing area, but also has a cattle industry. The town is located on the Bruce Highway which grants it easy access to Mackay to the north and southwards towards Rockhampton.
http://www.queensland.com/destination%20information/Sarina

Scone
Picturesque paddocks
are home to stunning horseflesh.
An idyllic scene.

Sale
Gateway to the Lakes –IMG_1955a
Sale has welcomed travellers
since 1850.

Sarina
Sugar farming spawned
Sarina’s giant cane toad.
Welcome or warning?

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