Affectionately known as the “sweetheart of the Whitsundays” and "ProsVegas", Proserpine is a rural town 100km north of Mackay and only a short 20-minute drive from Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia. Proserpine was established in the 1890s as a sugar cane and cattle grazing town. With a population of just over 8,400 people (2018), Proserpine is full of old-world charm and warm country hospitality especially among the art-deco facades of the Main Street. This small town has a number of attractions to explore and it’s worth popping in for a good counter lunch at one of the Main Street pubs or a sweet treat from the bakery. It is also home to the region's main commercial airport, the Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP).
Proserpine Sugar Mill
The Proserpine Sugar Mill was constructed in 1897 and acted as a central mill system for the many cane farmers in the area. The Mill, and the addition of the tram network and wharf to transport the sugar cane, substantially increased the local population and the town of Proserpine was founded not long after. Over the years, the Mill has changed hands many times and is currently owned by Wilmar Sugar (Sucrogen). During the sugar cane season, the Proserpine Sugar Mill is run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in 2017 it processed 1,434 million tonnes of cane!
Colour Me Crazy
Colour Me Crazy describes itself as ‘the most amazing, beautiful and unusual shop you will ever see’ and it does not disappoint. This quirky little shop stocks a huge range of fashion and jewellery, homewares and gifts made both locally and around the globe. Whether you are after hand-made jewellery, a brightly coloured sundress, unusual pottery or Kisii Stones from Kenya, there is something for all tastes at Colour Me Crazy.
Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation
Calling all coffee lovers! The Whitsunday region is home to one of Australia’s largest coffee plantations and the 140,000 Arabica coffee trees of Whitsunday Gold are located on the edge of Proserpine. Why not take a tour of the plantation or try a cup of award-winning coffee in the café or licensed restaurant while the kids take on the playground. There's even a tropical bird aviary to enjoy while the kids play! Ahhhh, smell that coffee!
Proserpine Historical Museum
The Proserpine Historical Museum houses an extensive collection of information, photos and memorabilia relating to the historical sugar cane and cattle farming in the area. Run entirely by volunteers, the Museum also hosts travelling exhibitions, book fairs and local arts and crafts. Located on Main Street, the Museum is open from 9.00 am - 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.
Whitsunday Crocodile Safari
Have you ever wanted to see a saltwater crocodile in the wild? The Whitsunday Crocodile Safari takes you deep into the estuaries and wetlands of the Whitsundays, home to over 150 “salties” and a huge variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and marine animals. Following the guided river cruise you will experience the Goorganga Plains on a tractor-drawn wagon train and discover the abundant bird and animal life of the freshwater wetland. The Safari lunch includes Aussie damper and billy-tea followed by a tasty BBQ. This is a unique Australian eco-tour not to be missed!
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Peter Faust Dam (Lake Prosperine)
The Peter Faust Dam, located 26 km west of Proserpine, is a picturesque spot perfect for picnics and water sports. The Dam is famous for barramundi fishing and is restocked annually with over 20,000 barramundi fingerlings! It is also said to have more “barra” over one metre in length than any other place in Australia. The Peter Faust Dam features a boat ramp, barbeques and a good campground right on the edge of the lake. It is a great place to sit back, relax and put your feet up by the water's edge.
Make sure you drop into Proserpine on your way to Airlie Beach to explore all this historic town has to offer! Don't have a car? Ask us how you can hire one for the day!
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