Mitchell Highway

Mitchell Highway
Mitchell Highway
_AQ71.PNG Australian Route 32.svg
Proposed _to_replace_A32NSW.png to replace Australian Route 32.svg [1]
Length 1105 km (687 mi)
Direction North-South
From AUHWYA2.png Landsborough Highway,
Augathella, Queensland
via Charleville, Cunnamulla, Bourke, Nyngan, Narromine, Dubbo, Wellington, Orange
To Australian Route 32.svg Great Western Highway,
Bathurst, New South Wales
Allocation Augathella - Qld/NSW Border:
Formerly Australian Route 71.svg
Qld/NSW Border - Nyngan:
Australian Route 71.svg
Nyngan - Bathurst:
Australian Route 32.svg
Major junctions ALTAQ2.PNG Warrego Highway
AUSR49.png Balonne Highway
Australian Route 37.svg Kamilaroi Highway
Australian State Route 87.svg Kidman Way
Australian Route 32.svg Barrier Highway
Australian Route 34.svg Oxley Highway
Australian National Route 39.svg Newell Highway
Australian State Route 84.svg Golden Highway
Australian State Route 81.svg Peabody Road
Australian State Route 90.png Escort Way
Australian Route 24.svg Mid-Western Highway
Location Mitchell Hwy.svg

The Mitchell Highway is a major rural highway in Australia, travelling through central and northern New South Wales and south central Queensland. The highway starts from its northern end in Queensland with the Landsborough Highway near Augathella and continues south to Charleville and Cunnamulla. It then crosses the border into New South Wales and passing through Bourke, Byrock, Nyngan, Nevertire, Narromine, Dubbo, Wellington, Molong and Orange. The highway ends at the junction of the Mid-Western Highway to Cowra and the Great Western Highway to Sydney via the Blue Mountains at Bathurst.

The highway was declared on 8 August 1928 and named North Western Highway. On 9 October 1936 the name was changed to the Mitchell Highway, named after Major Thomas Mitchell, who was Surveyor-General of New South Wales in the 1820s and explored much of inland New South Wales and Victoria.[2]

Summer Street looking west from McNamara Street, Orange

The portion of the Mitchell Highway passing through Orange, New South Wales, is known as Summer Street and serves as the main street through the city.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Alpha-Numeric Route Numbering for NSW. It is here!, Ozroads: the Australian Roads Website. Retrieved on December 29, 2007.
  2. ^ "Mitchell Highway (NSW)". OzRoads: The Australian Roads Website. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Summer Street Commercial Area" (PDF). Orange City Council. Archived from the original on 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 

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