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 fires make a spectacular sight at night from late June onwards and an image many photographers would love to add to their collection.
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 thrive in Proserpine, particularly at many of the charming shops and country-style hotels which serve hearty-sized meals and Queensland beer with a good dose of old-fashioned country hospitality. When visiting Proserpine, make sure you venture off the main road to find some little hidden gems of stores located in the alleyways around the main street.