Towns in Australia

Exploring Australia, town by town

Proserpine QLD


Postcode: 4800

Proserpine is a town situated on the Bruce Highway in the state of Queensland, Australia. The town’s economy revolves mostly around sugar and tourism. Proserpine is the administrative centre of the Whitsunday Shire Council local government area that also incorporates the Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach.

Early settlers established the town in the 1880s and named it after the ancient Greek goddess Persephone (Latin: Proserpina).

Proserpines tourism mainly revolves around sugar cane but if reopened the Dittmer mine west of Proserpine will provide a boost in its economy.

Proserpines weather is beautiful all year round it has monsoonal rain in summer and beautiful clear skies in winter.

Proserpine is a town rich in heritage and can trace its history back many generations to the pioneer days when this area was being opened by men and women of courage who faced incredible odds to carve out an existence in this rich and fertile region. No wonder sugar cane has thrived so well is this area.

Proserpine is situated on the Proserpine river about 15km upriver and on the Bruce Highway 125km north of Mackay and 275km south of Townsville.