Proserpine - The Whitsundays QLD
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Proserpine

The Heart of Country Hospitality

Just 20 minutes inland from Airlie Beach, you will find the charming town of Proserpine.

Named by the explorer George Dalrymple, after Proserpina the goddess of grain and harvest, recognising the fertile qualities in the region. Since the late 1800s, cattle grazing and sugar cane have been the economic mainstays here.

What to do in Proserpine

Although it has many modern facilities (including a hospital, schools, library and sporting facilities), the main street's well preserved 'art deco' shop architecture is a reminder of how life used to be. Old-fashioned courtesies thrive in Proserpine, particularly at the local shops and country-style hotels which serve hearty-sized meals and cold Queensland beer. Make sure you venture off the main street in Proserpine to find some hidden gems of stores located in the alleyways around the main street.

You will find an excellent counter lunch at any of the quaint-country pubs along the main street, be sure to have a yarn with the friendly 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 Cannonvale is at Mill Street Park which has an enormous historical shady fig tree. Rotary Park in Faust Street has an excellent children's playground.

The Proserpine Waterpark and community pool is a great spot to enjoy a cool off during the warm tropical months. 

Lake Proserpine

Lake Proserpine (aka Peter Faust Dam) is located just 30 minutes from the charming town of Proserpine and is an ideal spot for camping, water sports and freshwater fishing. In fact, Lake Proserpine is renowned for having more barramundi over a metre in length than any other impoundment in Australia! Also, don't forget to bring your crab pots, there is plenty of Redclaw crayfish to be caught.

Proserpine Historical Museum

Visit the Proserpine Historical Museum, where you can learn about the interesting history of this sugar cane and cattle town. It affords educational benefits to locals and visitors alike and has been embraced as a cultural centre for local arts and crafts, book fairs and travelling exhibitions. The museum bridges the decades since Federation with historical, thought-provoking displays that showcase the most significant achievements of the region during the last century.

Looking for Information?

The Whitsundays Visitor Information Centre is located at the Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation in Proserpine. For any bookings or enquiries please drop by or contact the friendly team on +61 7 4945 3967 or email. The information centre is open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on weekends. 

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