Cedar Creek Falls, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 3314

Proserpine is the inland sugar town and service centre of the Whitsunday Shire. It was named after the Roman goddess of fertility, Proserpina, for the rich and fertile surrounding lands.

Visitor Information

Visitor Information Centre, Bruce Hwy, Bowen; (07) 49786 4222 or (07) 4786 2208.

Nearby national parks

  • Eungella National Park

    Situated in the rugged Clarke Range, high above the surrounding plains, this mountainous national park is rent by deep gorges and contains...more

  • Cape Hillsborough National Park

    Cape Hillsborough National Park is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches nestled between rocky headlands. Rhyolite boulders are scattered...more

Nearby towns

  • Airlie Beach

    Airlie Beach is at the centre of the thriving Whitsunday coast. This tropical holiday town offers a cosmopolitan blend of bars, restaurants...more

  • Bowen

    At the north of the Whitsundays, Bowen is positioned within 5 kilometres of eight pristine beaches and bays. Named after the state's first...more

  • Mackay

    The city of Mackay is an intriguing blend of 1900s and Art Deco heritage buildings mixed with modern-day architecture. It was first settled...more

In Town

Historical Museum: local history dating back to settlement; open by appt, closed Sat–Sun; Bruce Hwy.

Cultural Centre:

displays local Aboriginal artefacts and has regular cinema screenings; Main St.

Pioneer Park and Mill Street Park: beautiful spots with shady trees – perfect for a picnic.


Lake Proserpine at Peter Faust Dam: boat hire, waterskiing, fishing and swimming. The Cedar Creek Falls are nearby; 20 km NW, on Crystalbrook Rd.

Conway National Park: 28 km E; see Airlie Beach.

Midge Point: coastal community and an ideal spot for bushwalking, fishing, crabbing and swimming; 41 km SE.

Crocodile safaris: take a nature tour on an open-air tractor and cruise through mangrove river system on Proserpine River; bookings on (07) 4946 5111.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Proserpine 24 km

The closed season for barramundi in Queensland runs from November to February, but some of the best barra waters are exempt and this includes the fabulous Lake Proserpine, often called Peter Faust Dam, 26 km east of... Find out more

Seaforth 68 km

Seaforth is about an hour’s drive north of Mackay, depending on cane harvester traffic. The small seaside resort is remarkable in that it hasn’t yet been overrun by developers, although that is changing... Find out more

Pioneer River 88 km

Fishing from a canoe is one of the best ways to get close and personal with the environment. Even when the fish are small, catching them from a canoe is both challenging and rewarding. With that in mind, I jumped at the... Find out more

Teemburra Dam 89 km

Mackay has excellent freshwater options. The most popular venues are the region’s dams in the Pioneer Valley – Teemburra, Eungella and Kinchant. Of these, the best known is Teemburra in Eungella National... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Hiking the Whitsundays Great Walk 13 km

In the past few years a 30-kilometre walking track – the Whitsundays Great Walk – has been established, from Brandy Creek to Airlie Beach, through Conway State Forest. The two main camps, Repulse Creek and... Find out more

Camping - Whitsundays and Keppel Islands 40 km

If you want to camp on one of the Whitsunday Islands but do not want to kayak and do not own a boat, Camping Whitsundays and Island Camping Connections run a drop-off and pickup service, supply camping gear and food if... Find out more

Picnicking around Bowen and Mackay 55 km

There is plenty of shade to go around at Mullers Lagoon in Bowen, a 24-hectare parkland with botanic gardens, wetlands, a bird hide and free barbecues. The lush Botanic Gardens at Mackay are also recommended.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Hamilton Island Golf Club 38 km

When Hamilton Island was being built in the 1980s it was a playground of the rich and famous. The island’s owner and developer, Keith Williams, knew a golf course would add to the tourism value of his island... Find out more

Campsites around town

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort 16 km

This modern 26 ha camping and caravan park is located in Cannonvale, 4 km from Airlie Beach’s town centre. The facilities are top class: ensuite powered sites, plenty of shade, concrete slabs, and 3 amenities... Find out more

Repulse Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 18 km

Experienced hikers and campers can walk 8.3 km from the Brandy Creek carpark along the Whitsunday Great Walk to reach this site (allow 3.5–4.5 hr). Along the way, look out for rare wildlife such as the... Find out more

Bloodwood camping area (walk-in camping) 19 km

Hikers on the Whitsunday Great Walk can camp at this site, 11.5 km (5–6 hrs) from Repulse Creek camp and 8.5 km from the end of the walk at Airlie Beach. The track from Repulse Creek follows a ridge to the summit... Find out more

Camp Kanga 20 km

Powered sites are available at this campground, 24 km north-west of Proserpine on Crystal Brook Rd. It’s just 1.5 km from Lake Proserpine (also known as Peter Faust Dam) and offers handy extras such as laundry... Find out more

BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort Van Park 21 km

This modern tourist park with excellent facilities is located 2.5 km from Airlie Beach town centre on Shute Harbour Rd. The campground features a Polynesian-style camp kitchen with fridge, microwave, hotplates and other... Find out more

Swamp Bay camping area (walk-in camping) 25 km

Walk 2.1 km from the Swamp Bay/Mt Rooper carpark to this campground overlooking Daydream Island (accessible only by foot or boat). A pit toilet, shelter shed and picnic tables are the only facilities, so you need to... Find out more

Tancred Island camping area (boat-based camping) 25 km

Just 1 km from Shute Harbour, this campground has no facilities and suits self-sufficient campers only. A maximum of 6 campers per night is permitted.... Find out more

Grimstone Point camping area (boat-based camping) 27 km

This low-key, quiet campground is accessible by boat only. Pit toilets and picnic tables are the only facilities here so bring all self-sufficient goods and equipment (including insect repellent).... Find out more

Sandy Bay, Long Island camping area (boat-based camping) 29 km

Not to be confused with the Sandy Bay campground on South Molle Island, this small campground on Long Island is close to a mangrove creek – bring insect repellent! Also bring all self-sufficient supplies, including... Find out more

Sandy Bay, South Molle Island camping area (boat-based camping) 29 km

Reachable only by boat at mid-high tide, this campground on the west side of South Molle Island is connected to the rest of the island by a 11.5 km walking track system. One of South Molle’s most popular walks is... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Proserpine Tourist Park 1 km

In a quiet off-highway part of Proserpine, this is a very neat park that adjoins the town swimming pool, golf course and bowling green. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort 16 km

This is a top quality park in an exceptionally popular holiday destination. The park has many features including a kids club, a tennis court and minigolf. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

O’Connell River Whitsunday Tourist Park 19 km

Located alongside the highway 22 km south of Proserpine, this place has good basic facilities and is for an overnight stop. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Flametree Tourist Village 23 km

This is a well-known park in the heart of a popular holiday destination. Enjoy the pool, covered barbecues and other features. This is a good place at a reasonable price in this busy coastal strip. Bookings are required... Find out more

Travellers Rest Caravan and Camping Park 31 km

There are no more sandflies or midges at Midge Point than elsewhere, but there is a lovely beachside caravan park with lawns, large shady trees and a host of other great features. We really enjoy staying here. Bookings... Find out more

BIG4 Bowen Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park 58 km

Bowen is a popular coastal town and this park has absolute beach frontage, with excellent facilities and spotless amenities. Swimming, snorkelling and walking are all popular activities here. Beachfront sites are... Find out more

Wangaratta at the Beach Caravan Park 59 km

Great for a winter break, this is a very neat and tidy council park on the waterfront, adjoining the golf course. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

St Helens Gardens Caravan Park 59 km

A basic park with good facilities, this place is set back from the highway beside Kolijo Creek, 1 km south of the Calen Post Office. This is a good overnight stop. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Seaforth Camping Area 69 km

This is a popular open camping area right on the beachfront in the heart of the small town.... Find out more

Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort 76 km

This park within Cape Hillsborough National Park offers camping and caravan sites and is a great spot for a break. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mount Gordon park area 54 km

60km N of Proserpine (R) or 8km S of Bowen (L)

Just off the highway and overlooking a beach.

St Helens Beach camping area 56 km

T/O to St Helens Beach

Small campground located 15km east of the highway on the foreshore at the south end of St Helens Beach.

Seaforth camping area 69 km

At Seaforth

Large foreshore campground located at the end of the road into the village.

Ball Bay camping area 70 km

At Ball Bay

Small campground on the foreshore at the end of the road into the village.

Smalleys Beach camping area 73 km

T/O to Seaforth

Small area on the beach among dense coastal vegetation in Cape Hillsborough National Park. Located 1.7km (partly unsealed) north of Cape Hillsborough Rd.

Palm Tree Creek park area 77 km

34km N of Mackay (L) or 90km S of Proserpine (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Guthalungra rest area 93 km

At Guthalungra

Just off the highway and opposite the roadhouse.

What's on around town

Show: June.

Home Hill Harvest Festival: Nov.

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