Great Artesian Spa, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 942

Mitchell, a gateway to the outback, is on the banks of the Maranoa River at the western edge of the Darling Downs. But, located as it is on the Great Artesian Basin, it does not suffer the dry heat or exhibit the arid landscape typical of the region. The town was named after Sir Thomas Mitchell, explorer and Surveyor-General of New South Wales, who visited the region in 1846. Its long pastoral history is shown in the fine examples of heritage buildings on the main street.

Visitor Information

Great Artesian Spa Complex, 2 Cambridge St; (07) 4623 8171

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In Town

Kenniff Courthouse This courthouse was in use from 1882 to 1965. It held the murder trials for the Kenniff Brothers, infamous bushrangers who killed a policeman and station manager in 1902. The courthouse is now a museum with a bushranger exhibition, visual display, and art and craft sales. The landscaped grounds incorporate a community mosaic, an operating artesian windmill and a small billabong. Cambridge St.

Great Artesian Spa Complex: with relaxing waters in a garden setting, this is Australia's largest open-air spa; Cambridge St.

Graffiti murals: depict the past, present and future of the Booringa Shire; around town.

Art galleries: including the Maranoa Art Gallery and Nalingu Contemporary Indigenous Gallery.

Horse-drawn wagon tours: in season; details from visitor centre.


Carnarvon National Park, Mt Moffatt section This section of the park is mainly for driving, with short walks to scenic spots. See the sandstone sculptures of Cathedral Rock, Marlong Arch and Lot's Wife, or visit the Tombs for the ancient stencil art of the Nuri and Bidjara people. The high-country woodlands and forest are home to a variety of wildlife, and birdwatching for raptors and lorikeets is exceptional. 4WD recommended; (07) 4984 4505; 256 km N. Gorge section: see Roma. Ka Ka Mundi section: see Springsure. Salvator Rosa section: see Tambo.

Neil Turner Weir: birdwatching and picnics; 3.5 km NW.

Fisherman's Rest: good fishing spot; 6 km W.

Maranoa River Nature Walk: informative 1.8 km circuit walk starting at Fisherman's Rest.

Kenniff Statues: depict the story of the brothers at their last stand; 7 km S.

Major Mitchell Cruises: cruises down Maranoa River departing from Rotary Park, Neil Turner Weir; bookings at visitor centre.

Aboriginal tours: guided tours run by Nalingu Aboriginal Corporation; details from visitor centre.

Campsites around town

Major Mitchell Caravan Park 1 km

This caravan park has a total of 67 sites, including 47 powered sites and 16 ensuite sites. On the Warrego Hwy in Mitchell, close to town, the park’s other on-site accommodation options include 3 cabins and 2... Find out more

Neil Turner Weir camping area 2 km

This camping area is on River St in Mitchell by the Maranoa River. If you’re a keen angler, check out Fishermans Rest. Mitchell is 90 km west of Roma and 180 km east of Charleville on the Warrego Hwy.... Find out more

Fishermans Rest camping area 5 km

This riverside campground for self-sufficient campers is 4 km west of Mitchell, 500 m off the Warrego Hwy. Mitchell is on the Maranoa River, 90 km west of Roma and 180 km east of Charleville.... Find out more

Injune Caravan Park 93 km

This campground on Station St in Injune, about 90 km north of Roma, has laundry facilities, BBQs and other modern conveniences. Winter is the busiest period, so book ahead if you’re travelling at this time. The... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Major Mitchell Caravan Park 1 km

Soak away your aches at the artesian spa pools or wander into the centre of town for some sightseeing, both just a short walk from this modern, popular park. Its greatest attraction, however, is that you pay for your... Find out more

Villa Holiday Park 81 km

This well-maintained park about 2 km from the town centre is our choice of places to stay in Roma. A winery and shop adjoin the park, and there are large grassy areas, clean amenities and a selection of cabins. It gets... Find out more

Roma Big Rig Tourist Park 83 km

A clean modern park close to the Warrego Highway on the eastern approach to Roma, this is within walking distance of the Big Rig tourist attractions and just a few blocks from the centre of town. It becomes busy during... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Berkeley Lodge Motor Inn

There are 27 ground-floor units here and a fully licensed 150-seat restaurant, making it a comfortable gateway stop before tackling the outback. The lodge is in the centre of town and only a minute’s walk to the... Find out more

Bonus Downs Farmstay

Stay at one of the Maranoa’s oldest and most historic properties. Accommodation is provided in the self-contained Jackeroos Cottage or in cheaper camping and shearing shed facilities, where you share bathrooms,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Neil Turner Weir camping area 2 km

T/O 2km W of Mitchell (R) or 87km E of Morven (L)

On a riverbank 2km north of the highway. 

Fishermans Rest camping area 5 km

T/O 5km W of Mitchell (R) or 84km E of Morven (L)

Small, shady, riverside camping area located 1km north of the highway. Large caravans/motorhomes should stay on the top level.

Amby camping area 22 km

At Amby

Adjacent to the highway. Behind the hotel in the middle of town.

Muckadilla rest area 43 km

At Muckadilla

Adjacent to the highway. On the east side of town.

Mungallala park area 43 km

At Mungallala

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. On the west side of town.

Morven park area 87 km

At Morven

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town near the museum.

What's on around town

Rodeo: Mar/Apr.

Maranoa Diggers Races: Apr.

Campdraft: Mar.

Agricultural Show: May.

Mitchell Show: May.

Fire & Water Festival: Sept/Oct.

Bushstock Contemporary Musical Festival: Oct.

Christmas in the Park: Dec.

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