About Mitchell

Population: 990

Mitchell is situated on the banks on the Maranoa River. The economy relies heavily on agriculture, tourism, primary production such as cattle, sheep, cypress pine milling and a quarry with crops grown in the eastern part of the area. Mitchell was named after Sir Thomas Mitchell who camped on and named the Maranoa River on June 3, 1846 during an expedition to find an overland route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria. A memorial stands at the campsite, which is located approximately 40km north of Mitchell on the Forrestvale Road.

Visitors weary from their travels will enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Great Artesian Spa, natural hot spring from the artesian basin or a treck through the Yumbas indigenous “bush tukka trail.” Tourists will be captured by the Bushrangers story – Patrick & James Kenniff and their hideouts and monuments to view at Arrest Creek, 7 km to the South of Mitchell. Grab yourself a picnic lunch from the Mitchell Bakery and relax in the many Parks or Fisherman’s Rest and Neil Turner Weir fishing/boating precincts.

Stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Mitchell or an overnight stay at the Motels / Hotels or cabins at the Caravan Park or perhaps you’re bringing your own camping equipment/caravan and would like to camp on the banks of the Maranoa River or the Major Mitchell Caravan Park which has fabulous facilities for travellers. We look forward to making you feel welcome when you visit Mitchell.

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The Great Artesian Spa, Mitchell

Share the secret locals have known for years: a soak in their mineralised waters is relaxing for the body and therapeutic for the soul. Throughout the ages people have traveled great distances to seek natural mineral waters. Whole communities have grown and prospered by tapping into these healthy

Mitchell on Maranoa Art Gallery

The Maranoa Art Gallery is housed in the beautifully transformed old Maranoa Picture Theatre and is the cultural hub of Mitchell. This unique arts precinct includes an impressive gallery area, library, movie projection room display and outdoor artists’ work space and sculpture garden. A dedicated Gallery Committee strives

Mount Moffatt, Carnarvon National Park

Revel in the wild and diverse landscapes of Mount Moffatt, a section of Carnarvon National Park. Broad, sandy valleys of the Maranoa River are covered with open, grassy woodlands. Striking outcrops of sculpted sandstone rise above the trees. In the north-east of the park, sandstone cliffs lead up

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Instagram post 2040547438339919313_223853423 @wildwalkabouts got lucky and spotted 👀 this Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo 🐦at sunrise while exploring Bowra Sanctuary near #Cunnamulla aka one of Australia's most rewarding birdwatching destinations! 🐣#OutbackQueensland
Instagram post 1939886479480406231_223853423 One look at a Major Mitchell Cockatoo's coloured crest and you'll understand how they came to be named. Spot these colourful birds at Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary 🐦near #Cunnamulla to see them flock in for a social gathering their last drink 💧 before heading off to roost 😴 #OutbackQueensland photo by @wildeyeview