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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.

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.

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Ranked #1 of 11 Places to Eat in Proserpine

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"Tasty treats"

5/5 Excellent Reviewed 14 days ago

"We went in for a coffee & a bite and asked for the favorite pastries. The recommend the “continental vanilla slice” and the “trifle cup”. Both were delicious as well as the cappuccino. The pies also..." more »

Arno0571, Palmdale, California

"Best pies ever."

5/5 Excellent Reviewed 26 days ago

"The best pies and fresh sandwiches. Staff friendly and quick service with a smile. I travel through and always pick up frozen family pies for family in Cairns and Townsville they love them." more »

Sharon W, Erakala

"Get a Cream Bun Into Ya!"

4/5 Very good Reviewed 27 days ago

"Visited this little bakery twice and was really impressed both times. The cream bun I had on my first visit was especially good- a real memory from my mis-spent youth. On the second visit we had..." more »

Gary_Childers, Childers, Australia

, Proserpine, Queensland 4800 Australia