Mitchell is a town in the Western Downs region of Queensland, Australia. It is on the Warrego Highway, 568 kilometres west of Brisbane and 180 kilometres east of Charleville.
Mitchell is within the Great Artesian Basin, which is one of the world’s most reliable water basins. The Maranoa River flows around the northern and eastern sides of the town.
The town is named after Sir Thomas Mitchell explorer and Surveyor General of New South Wales, who explored the area in 1846.
The town’s wide tree-lined streets and substantial colonial buildings reflect its early importance as the centre of a busy farming and pastoral district famous for its grains, beef and sheep. The town is rapidly becoming an important stop on the tourist route to Outback Queensland.
The Great Artesian Spa is the centrepiece of Mitchell and the wider Booringa Shire. The large open-air spa has been making a huge splash among visitors to Mitchell. The warm waters are said to relax the muscles, ease tension and revitalise both the body and the mind.
Once you’ve tried the Spa, why not go bird watching at the Neil Turner Weir on the Maranoa River or wet a line further upstream at Fisherman’s Rest? For those feeling more energetic, the Maranoa River Walk meanders along the Maranoa River. Be sure to look for the Graffiti Arts Project at the Maranoa River Bridge and view the series of fifteen murals entitled Booringa Past, Present, Future.