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Sugarcane is grown along a 2,000 km stretch of Australia's east coast by around 4,500 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.

A couple of fact sheets:


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

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

Australia's sustainable sugar


How is the raw sugarcane processed into sugar you can eat?

Click here to watch a video from Wilmar Australia


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.