Student resources

Sugarcane is grown along a 2,000 km stretch of Australia's east coast by around 4,300 farmers. It's harvested and sent to sugar mills where the juice is extracted and made into raw sugar crystals. Around 80% of the raw sugar is exported to countries including Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.


What happens along sugarcane's journey from the paddock to your plate?

Follow the Journey of the Jellybean in this information sheet and watch the five minute video on YouTube.



Take a tour on this video to see how Australia's sugarcane growers  ensure they are sustainable as well as productive and profitable.




Do you have more questions about sugar?

Is sugar...? is a website put together by CANEGROWERS and the Australian Sugar Milling Council to provide clear, accurate and straight-forward answers to these questions and more:

  • Is sugar natural?
  • Is sugar fattening?
  • Is sugar vegan?
  • Is sugar addictive?                          Go to


Want more information on how sugarcane is processed into sugar?
The Australian Sugar Milling Council has factsheets:

  • Sugar manufacturing in Australia
  • How raw sugar is made
  • Queensland's cane rail system
  • Sugar mills: a source of renewable power                        Go to


You can find more information about the industry on the Industry info & links page, by reading about our Key Issues or you can contact us with a specific question.

There are also three colouring sheets and a maze to print off.