is a town situated on the Bruce Highway
in the state of Queensland
. The town is a sugar producing centre. At the 2006 census
, Proserpine had a population of 3,316.
Early settlers established the town in the 1880s and named it after the ancient Greek goddess Persephone (Latin: Proserpina).
Proserpine is approxiamtely 30 Kilometres North West of Airlie Beach and, like Airlie Beach, Proserpine is situated in the Whitsunday Shire and has the regions Hospital, Rail Station, Airport, Olympic 8 lane pool, Sporting Complex, Entertainment Centre, High School (along with a state and catholic primary schools).
The town has more than five parks and new ones being constructed in various new housing estates around the town.
The town is surrounded by sugar cane
fields. The sugar cane cut there during the harvest season is brought over a network of narrow-gauge (2 feet) railways to Proserpine Sugar Mill
, established in 1897.