Proserpine was named by the explorer George Dalrymple, after Persephone the Greek goddess of fertility, recognising the fertile qualities in the region. Since the late 1800s, cattle grazing and sugar cane have been the economic mainstays here. The eerie glow of cane field fires make a spectacular sight at night from late June onwards.
Although it has many modern facilities (including a hospital, schools, library and sporting facilities), the town’s Main Street is a reminder of how life used to be – particularly the ‘art deco’ period evident in the shop architecture which has been well preserved. Old-fashioned courtesies still survive in Proserpine, particularly at many of the charming retail outlets and country-style hotels.
You will find an excellent counter lunch at any of the Main Street pubs and soon find yourself yarning with the locals.
There are pleasant picnic grounds at Pioneer Park near the town entrance, Mill Street Park and the Cultural Centre. The bus stop for Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour is at the Mill Street Park which has an enormous historical shady fig tree. Rotary Park in Faust Street has a childrens playground.
Proserpine is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Whitsunday in Queensland, it is located approximately 906kms from the capital Brisbane and extends over an area of 23.379 square kilometres. Proserpine has a recorded population of 3562 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Standard Time zone Australia/Brisbane.
If you are planning a visit to Proserpine we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Proserpine and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.