Proserpine Tourism & Travel
Located on the Proserpine River, 8 km from the mouth of Repulse Bay in the Whitsundays; Proserpine is situated 1099 km north of Brisbane and has a population of some 4,800 souls.
Proserpine - History
Captain Cook named Repulse Bay when he was the first white explorer of the Whitsunday Islands. George Dalrymple traversed the Whitsundays in 1859 and was impressed with the richness and fertility of the area; he gave the area the classic latin name Proserpina in honour of the Greek goddess of fertility - Persephone. Europeans settled in the Proserpine area in 1861; the Proserpine sugar mill was opened towards the end of the 19th century and came under co-operative ownership in 1931.
Proserpine - Today
Today the main street of Proserpine is the administrative centre for the Whitsundays; Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Conway, Wilson Beach, Jubilee Pocket, Shute Harbour the islands of the Whitsunday, such as Hayman Island, Hamilton Island, South Molle Island, and Daydream Island. Proserpine is surrounded by a sea of cane fields for as far as the eye can see, dominating the landscape is the Proserpine Sugar Mill which is one of the most modern sugar mills in the world.
Proserpine - Attractions
The Proserpine Historical Museum has an interesting collection of historical memorabilia from the local area, and is located at the end of Main St; it is open from 9.30 am - 4.00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. St Paul's Anglican Church is also in Main Street and is an interesting rounded A-frame building
Prosperine - Nearby Attractions
There are a number of attractive freshwater destinations near to Proserpine; the Peter Faust Dam is 20 km west of Proserpine and offers boating, water skiing and fishing and picnic facilities on the shoreline; Cedar Creek Falls is set in a natural rock amphitheatre, and has a cool swimming hole. Conway National Park is also nearby and offers excellent views over the Whitsundays.