An historic town which owes its livelihood to sugar cane. It is a
typical Queensland sugar town, characterised by dozens of small railway
tracks all leading towards the sugar crushing mills. Though close to
the coast, Proserpine has missed out on tourist activity.
Location: 20 km from the town of Whitsunday; 8 km from the mouth of
Repulse Bay; 1099 km north of Brisbane; 12 m above sea-level.
Places of interest: Cedar Creek Falls; Billabong Sanctuary (250 km
north); Conway Range; Mount Dryander; Cape Conway; Cape Gloucester;
Mount Lucas Environmental Park; St Paul's Anglican Church; sugar mill;
Peter Faust Dam; Proserpine Historical Museum
In 1770, Lieut. James Cook passed by the Whitsunday Islands and
named Repulse Bay. The area was first settled by Europeans in 1861 and
agricultural activity began immediately. The Proserpine sugar mill was
opened in 1897 and is now recognised as one of the most modern sugar
mills in the world.
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Origin of name: Explorer George Dalrymple, who passed through the
area in 1859 on his way north, named the whole area Proserpina, the
Roman name for the Greek goddess of fertility, Persephone. It was his
way of declaring the richness and fertility of the area which he was
eager to develop.