Proserpine is the administrative and service centre for the Whitsunday Region. It is just inland from Airlie Beach, and south of Bowen. 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 1800’s, sugar cane and cattle grazing have been the economic mainstays (the eerie glow of cane fires make a spectacular sight from late June onwards). Now tourism is playing a drawcard here.
Although it has many modern facilities (including a state of the art Hospital, primary and secondary schools, library, and sporting facilities for swimming, tennis, bowls, squash, netball, football, golf, and indoor cricket), 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 survive in Proserpine, particularly at many of the charming retail outlets.
You will find an excellent counter lunch at any of the four Main Street pubs and soon find yourself yarning with the locals.
You’ll find pleasant picnic grounds at Pioneer Park (at the town’s entrance), and Mill Street Park (both with picnic tables, toilets and playgrounds), also 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 also has children’s playground equipment.
The town is also a good launching pad for a relaxing tour of the region. Heading north-west on Crystalbrook Road takes you to the Peter Faust Dam (or Lake Proserpine). The dam has been stocked with sooty grunter, barramundi and sleepy cod and has become a haven for anglers keen to test their skill against Australia’s mightiest freshwater game fish. There are also shaded picnic sites, barbecues, toilet facilities, swimming and water-skiing areas.
Activites and Experiences at Proserpine
- Fishing – Estuary You can go fishing in the Proserpine River or Peter Faust Damn.
- Skating The is a skateboarding facility located at the Proserpine youth centre.
- Sports Participate Many different sporting activities are available in Proserpine.
- Automatic Teller Machine
- Banking Facilities
- Boat Ramp
- Bottled Gas
- Licensed Club
- Service Club
- Coach Stop
- Convention Centre
- Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
- Public Bar
- Mechanical Services
- Medical Facilities
- Post Office
- Public Telephone
- Rail Terminal
- Sporting Facilities
- Swimming Pool
- Takeaway Food
- Tennis Court
- Visitor Centres
- Places of Worship
- Caravan and Camping
- Historic/Heritage The Proserpine Museum is a great place to view some of the areas history and heritage.
- RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
- Adult Getaway
- Empty Nesters
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