Proserpine is a busy town serving the region’s sugar cane farms and it stands in sharp contrast to energetic Airlie Beach.
There’s no backpackers’ accommodation here, but it is the main transport hub of the Whitsunday region and many backpackers pass through here en route to Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.
Bruce Highway, Proserpine
Tel (07) 4945 3711 or 1800 801 252
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3pm
Proserpine enjoys good transport connections with a busy regional airport, train station and frequent coaches up and down the coast.
Greyhound (tel 1300 473 946) and Premier Motor Service buses pass through here en route to Airlie Beach and Whitsunday Transit (tel (07) 4946 1800) provide good connections between Proserpine and Airlie Beach with many services timed to meet airline and train connections.
Proserpine’s Whitsunday Coast Airport is 12km south of Proserpine and is served by both Qantas and Virgin Blue. Whitsunday Transit’s buses meet every flight but it is essential to book ahead for the airport bus transfer.
Whitsunday Transit also has transfers between Proserpine train station and Airlie Beach.