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The town of Mitchell is a 4 star accredited Queensland Tidy Town. You can tell us what you think by voting in the poll – you can give a 1 to 5 star rating.

Mitchell is located on the banks of the Maranoa River, 87 kms west of Roma on the Warrego Highway, 587 kms west of Brisbane and 176 kms east of Charleville, has a population of just 985 towns people. Named in honour of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell who explored the area in 1846.

The Maranoa River flows around the northern and eastern sides of the town before flowing into the Balonne River.

The 15th Prime Minister of Australia, Francis Forde was born in Mitchell. He is famously known as Australia’s shortest serving Prime Minister, having just served just eight days – he was also Australia’s longest living Prime Minister.

Local Government Information

The Maranoa is a dynamic and vibrant regional community in the South West of Queensland. From a proud history built around agriculture and mining, the region continues to grow and prosper today. Visitors are invited to enjoy a diverse range of experiences, from tranquil natural environments with superb and magnificent sandstone formations, to interpretative displays which celebrate the culture and history of the region.

Visit Maranoa Regional Council Website

The Great Artesian Spa was opened in 1988 and is situated in the main street of Mitchell. There are two pools of artesian water; one heated and the other designed for those who prefer a cooler experience. The water used in the spa pools is renewed regularly and comes from the Great Artesian Basin, which is one of the largest artesian basins in the World – which underlies around one-fifth of Australia. It covers a total area of more than 1,711,000 square kilometres, and has been relied upon for the town water supply since 1927.

Other attractions:

  • Mt Moffatt (section of Carnarvon National Park)
  • Major Mitchell’s camp site
  • Kenniff Court House
  • Arrest Creek Monuments
  • Booringa Heritage Museum
  • Bonus Downs
  • Claravale Natural Wilderness Experience
  • Ooline Park
  • Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery
  • Maranoa Theatre display
  • Maranoa Riverwalk
  • The Yumba
  • Mitchell-Dunkeld outback landscapes drive.

In 1846 Thomas Mitchell explored the Maranoa district. Eight years later, Mitchell Downs was occupied by Edmund Morey. His homestead was later used for the Maranoa Hotel, and the town of Mitchell Downs formed around it. The Mitchell Downs post office was later renamed Mitchell in 1878.

Restaurants and Accommodation:

  • Hotel Richards
  • Court House Hotel Mitchell
  • Hotel Mitchell
  • The Western Hotel
  • Mungallala Club Hotel
  • Muckadilla Hotel Motel
  • Mitchell Bakery
  • Birby and Co Cafe
  • Berekely Lodge Motor Inn
  • Foodworks Mitchell
  • Cambridge Restaurant
  • Lemon Pie and Gifts.

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