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.


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 17894655275359785 When you visit Mitchell stop and see an artist’s impression of the capture of one of the Kenniff Brothers, and the monument commemorating members of the police force who fought the bushrangers throughout Australia.

The sculpture was designed by Peter Baulch and the Statues represent the capture of Patrick Kenniff, lying on the ground with two police constables standing guard over him.The image facing to the south is that of the Aboriginal Tracker. 

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Instagram post 17894405278888894 In Welford National Park, wind-blown sand dunes form a dramatic contrast to white-barked ghost gums, golden-green spinifex and delicate wildflowers. 

The Barcoo River, with its large, permanent waterholes, dissects Mitchell grass plains and arid mulga woodlands.

Discover the ancient connections the local Aboriginal people have with this land, including water wells and stone arrangements, throughout the park. 

A rare pise (rammed earth) homestead, built on this former grazing property in 1882, is listed on the National Trust.

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