Proserpine - The Whitsundays QLD
The Whitsundays, Queensland.
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Proserpine

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.

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 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.

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