Proston is a small, friendly country town that - until recent times - was
a victim of rural decline.
It was founded in 1910
by English settlers and quickly prospered as
the centre of a vigorous dairying and beef area. The town was connected to
Murgon by rail in 1923
and the construction of a Butter Factory in
led to even more growth . But the closure of the railway line
and Butter Factory in the 1970s
threw the area into a long period
of slow decline.
The recent development of Lake Boondooma, however, has revived the
town's fortunes (it's the closest town to the Lake) and Proston is steadily
undergoing beautification by Wondai Shire Council.
The area around Proston is hilly grassland grazing country, most of
it cleared from the original brigalow scrub that once covered the immediate
vicinity. The hilliness of the terrain provides striking panoramic views
of the area at several points along the main road.
Proston has a hotel, convenience store, cafe, post office and police, ambulance
and fire brigade services. It also has tennis, golf and bowling clubs, a
swimming pool and library. Attractions in the township include the bizarre
Sidcup Castle and "This & That" Museum. The historic
Boondooma Homestead complex is located relatively close by. The town's
major annual event is the Proston Show and Campdraft, held over three
days each March.