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Proserpine

Proserpine is the admin and service centre for the Whitsundays region. 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 1800s, cattle grazing and sugar cane have been the economic mainstays here. The eerie glow of cane field fires make a spectacular sight at night from late June onwards. Now tourism is a major drawcard.

Although it has many modern facilities (including a hospital, schools, library and sporting facilities), 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 still survive in Proserpine, particularly at many of the charming retail outlets and country-style hotels.

You will find an excellent counter lunch at any of the Main Street pubs and soon find yourself yarning with the locals.

There are pleasant picnic grounds at Pioneer Park near the town entrance, Mill Street Park and 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 has a childrens playground.

Proserpine, Whitsunday Area
Queensland
Australia

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Wings Mini Four Wheel Drive

Multiple Locations
From AU$155.00 - 155.00
Wings half day Mini Four Wheel Drive tour will take you exploring the amazing Whitsunday hinterlands in their mini Four Wheel Drives. Enjoy scenic trails through the grasslands, marshlands, wetlands, creek beds and mud pits. Tackle the man made obstacle challenge area where the log hop, tyre crawl and off camber challenge are just some of the exciting challenges awaiting you. Finish with the mud pit challenge area with everyone getting a chance to have a splash.

Colour Me Crazy

Proserpine, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Colour Me Crazy is an amazing eclectic Aladdins cave. There are jewels and home wares from all parts of the world, beautiful unusual clothing that you will not find anywhere else. Truly an amazing store – visitors from all over the world come to visit and is amazed at what they find. Come and see – you’re crazy if you don’t!

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari

Multiple Locations
From AU$129.00 - 129.00
See Estuarine Crocodiles in the wild in the Whitsundays. There is more to the Whitsundays than just reef and islands. Estuaries and wetlands skirt the coastline near Proserpine River which is home to many species of native birds, mammals, reptiles and marine animals. Whitsunday Crocodile Safari provides a very unique "Australian Nature Experience". Operating from their campsite base, which is established on the bank of Proserpine River, guests can cruise in pristine crocodile habitat, explore a mangrove ecosystem and travel through a melaleuca forest and freshwater wetland environment. They offer guests a professional, well managed (all weather) day tour with expert commentary, delicious barbecue lunch and traditional Australian Billy Tea and Damper. The campsite features a covered seating area with tables and toilet facilities and complementary cold water and refreshments are also available. As an owner-operated tour, excellent customer service and attention to detail is guaranteed. Established in 2000, Whitsunday Crocodile Safari is a Green Travel Leader, and has held Advanced Certification with Ecotourism Australia since 2002.

Cedar Creek Falls

Proserpine, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Located approximately 20 kilometres from Proserpine on Saltwater Creek Road, off Conway Beach Road is the picturesque Cedar Creek Falls. These waterfalls are spectacular in the wet season and offer a year-round natural swimming pool at the base of the falls. They are set in a natural rock amphitheatre. The flora and fauna will amaze you, particularly the strangler figs, red and white cedars and wild orchids. There are also bush walks up and around the falls. Majestic Alexandra Palms line the creek as it continues its journey to the ocean. Please note that jumping or diving off the waterfall is dangerous and strictly prohibited.

Proserpine Historical Museum

Proserpine, Whitsunday Area
Visit the Historical Proserpine Museum, where you can learn about the interesting history of this sugar cane and cattle town. The establishment of a permanent museum in the Whitsunday region was a major initiative with strong support throughout the whole community. The facility is a multi-purpose venue, which houses the museum collection, and offers the opportunity for genealogical and extensive local history research. It affords educational benefits to locals and visitors alike has been embraced as a cultural centre for local arts and crafts, book fairs and travelling exhibitions. The museum bridges the decades since Federation with historical, thought-provoking displays that showcase the most significant achievements of the region during the last century.
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