Proserpine is a town about 20 kms inland from Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. It is home to about 5,000 people and nestles in the heart of sugar cane country. Proserpine was named by the explorer George Dalrymple, after Persephone, the Greek Goddess of fertility, because of its rich fertile lands. Now endless cane fields surround the town and keep many of the people and the large sugar mill, busy. This mill is one of the most modern mills in the world. From June onwards the sky around it glows as the cane is burnt and from this time until November guided tours of the mill processing the cane, are given to visitors. This can be a nice place to have morning or afternoon tea, particularly for people with a sweet tooth.
Proserpine is a peaceful country town which is well worth a visit in its own right. It has all modern facilities but retains its old world charm. There are 4 pubs in the main street that provide a good counter lunch and the locals enjoy the company of visitors. There are pleasant parks to picnic in, with grand shady trees. A thriving cultural centre that displays local Aboriginal Artefacts can be found here, and Rotary Park has a playground with a pre World War 1 steam locomotive. Cedar Creek Falls, not far out of town has a natural and very tempting waterhole to swim in. Another watery attraction, which would be number 1 on many people’s list, is Peter Faust Dam (or Lake Proserpine). This is 20 kms north – west on the Crystal brook road, the Dam has been stocked with Barramundi, Sleepy Cod and Sooty Grunter – enough to tempt any fisherman.
Proserpine is the main administrative centre for the Whitsunday Shire, there are rail and bus and air links to most places in Australia from here. And Conway National Park features hills of woodland and Rainforest which lead to secluded beaches. There is also Eungella National Park, which is equally as beautiful and diverse, with its expanding gorges and open eucalypt woodland, to see. Proserpine has a show day in June and a Harvest Fair in October; these are both worth seeing, but every day is a good day for visiting Proserpine.
Originally posted 2010-12-13 01:08:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter