Whitsundays Region Guide

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Updated: 27-Apr-2009

Proserpine is located 26km inland from Airlie Beach on the Bruce Highway and is the administrative hub for the Whitsunday Shire.

The historic town has the key infrastructure for the surrounding areas in the Whitsundays, including a rail station, mainland airport, high school and hospital. The town also has an operational sugar mill with factory tours.

Proserpine offers a change of scenery and pace with the chance to explore the charm of regional Australia and add some variety to your Whitsunday holiday. The town is a good launching pad for a relaxing tour of the region. Heading north-west on Crystalbrook Road takes you to the Peter Faust Dam (or Lake Proserpine). The dam has been stocked with sooty grunter, barramundi and sleepy cod and has become a haven for anglers keen to test their skill against Australia's mightiest freshwater game fish.

The town's Main Street is a reminder of how life used to be - particularly the 'art deco' period of the 1920's and 1930's is evident in the shop architecture which has all been well preserved. Old-fashioned courtesies survive in Proserpine, particularly at many of the charming retail outlets.

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 also has children's playground equipment.

Must see & do:

  • Take a sugar mill tour
  • Catch a monster Barramundi at Peter Faust Dam (permit required)
  • Enjoy country hospitality at a local pub
  • Spot a croc on the Proserpine River
  • Admire the Art Deco architecture whilst shopping at some unique stores



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