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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 13 Places to Eat in Proserpine

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"Top Pies and cakes"

4/5 Very good Reviewed 5 days ago

"We stopped here on the way to Airlie Beach. What a pleasant surprise as the pies and pastries were first class. Shop has a number of tables inside where they also serve coffee and tea. I couldn't get..." more »

Graham0709, Newcastle, Australia

"You have to go in here"

5/5 Excellent Reviewed 16 days ago

"Can't rave enough about this bakery. They were trialling a mango and beef pie on our 3rd visit oooo so delicious. So many varieties to choose from, love that shop, pity its so far away now" more »

Ineedtoexperienceit, Perth, Australia


5/5 Excellent Reviewed 1 month ago

"This bakery was packed and little wonder why. Service with a smile kind of makes your day, let alone the assortment of pies, breads, cakes and freshly made sandwiches and coffee. Lucky to jag a table..." more »

Jayne J, Mackay, Australia

, Proserpine, Queensland 4800 Australia