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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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"Tasty food & friendly service"

5/5 Excellent Reviewed 2 months ago

"We had a tasty lunch in this cosy bakery. Friendly counter & table service. Very popular so parking can be at a premium." more »

lyndoig, Tootgarook, Australia

"Morning coffee"

4/5 Very good Reviewed 2 months ago

"We found this great location for a good coffee as well as lovely eats to go along wit it. It is close to the Bruce Highway." more »

403duncanw, Lennox Head, Australia

"Road Trip Breakfast "

5/5 Excellent Reviewed 3 months ago

"Excellent. Turned up hungry, weren’t disappointed. Nice hot tea as well 👍🏻Had curry pie, cheese and bacon pie and plain pie. Sat outside to enjoy. Took slices for morning tea." more »

MissJessica217, Cairns, Australia

, Proserpine, Queensland 4800 Australia