About 150km west of Gympie, the small farmland town of Proston is the major portal to Boondooma Lake which was formed in 1980 when a dam was built across the headwaters of the Boyne River to provide irrigation and water for the Tarong power station south of Kingaroy.
One legacy of the construction has been to provide good boating conditions for 25km upstream of the dam. The lake itself has been stocked with bass, perch and other freshwater fish varieties and has rapidly become one of the favourite angling spots in the region.
Standout attraction in the area is undoubtedly Sidcup Castle on Wondai Road. The 17-room 'castle' was built by a homesick man of Kent, Harold Douglas, and is a replica of his childhood home in England.
The current resident-owner is Proston's unofficial public relations officer, Hazel Blanch, who has stacked the castle with a fascinating collection of historic and unusual local memorabilia.
Built about 1850 by the pioneering Lawson brothers, Boondooma Homestead - 50km west of Proston - was also inspired by 'foreign' design. When the National Trust began restoring the old home in the 1990s, it was discovered Boondoona had been built to metric specifications by a Flemish stonemason.