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Proserpine Queensland

The administrative centre and a gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.


At a Glance

Proserpine was known to be a land of fertility and thus it was named after the Greek goddess of fertility, Persephone. Proserpine was a small pastoral town before tourism out took agriculture as the main industry. Notwithstanding this change of industry, the town’s past is reflected by the historic architecture that lies in the central street.

Situated inland, Proserpine is an entirely different beast compared to the other attractions in the region which are sea based. Proserpine is better known for more historic attractions and its scenic natural attractions such as the nearby Proserpine Lake and the Peter Faust Dam.


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Where is Proserpine?

 

Proserpine is 1074 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Proserpine is located 20 minutes inland from Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday Region between Mackay and Townsville. A great place to stop by when you are travelling between those two major cities. The Proserpine River and numerous other smaller creeks flows through the peripherals of the town. While you can take a 13 hour scenic drive up north from Brisbane, the best way to get to Proserpine is to fly to the nearby Proserpine Airport then take a shuttle service.


 

Things to see in Proserpine

 

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls is nice and tranquil, you can go slowly on those occasions, sometimes, Cedar Creek Falls had no "falls" because of it is hadn't rained in a few days, but it was still beautiful to look at. Definitely worth a visit!

Cedar Creek Falls

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Crocodile Safari

Crocodile Safari: Crocodile Safari is a great tour, full of crocodiles, wildlife and Australia traditions. The guides will provide lots of information about area and animals. It is really funny and indelible. If you like explore Crocodile and wildlife, don’t miss Crocodile Safari.

Crocodile Safari

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Proserpine Museum

Proserpine Museum: Proserpine Museum is definitely worth a look! It is amazing displays and very interesting. The museum holds lots of war memorabilia and local information past and present. Proserpine is a very old sugar cane town and the stories and legends of the area are here in this museum.

 

Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands have one of the most spectacular landscape in the whole of Australia. Everywhere you can see at the Whitsunday Islands are beautifully coloured green or blue. It is also a popular holiday destination with vibrant townships, stunning scenery, beautiful waterfalls and winding tracks through the ancient rainforest.

Whitsunday Islands

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What's the weather like?

 

Most of the locations in the Whitsundays experiences a subtropical climate where it is warm all year round with wet summers. The best time to visit the islands are undoubtedly August during the peak of the dry season. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 25°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 24°C with an average minimum of 18°C.

 

Get to know Proserpine's history

 

Proserpine is the administrative centre and a gateway to the Whitsunday Region.

The Whitsunday Islands were inhabited by the Aboriginal people of Australia prior to European arrival. These group of people were known as the Ngaro, and were known for being proficient navigators. The islands were first discovered by James Cook in 1770, who sailed through the islands and named the passage Whitsunday Passage. Among the first foreign settlers of the island are stranded sailors and wood cutters. The fertile and rich soil in the area made it attractive for pastoralists in subsequent years.

In the 1920s, tourism in the area was born as passengers began to visit these tropical islands after trading in the coastal towns. Eventually, these tourism ventures outgrew the original agricultural industry and a tourist boom ensued. Today, the area remain a popular tourist attractions, with entire islands mandated to be protected national parks to protect this spectacular place.