Mitchell Highway

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Mitchell Highway
Queensland – New South Wales
Summer Street from east.jpg
Summer Street (Mitchell Highway) looking west from McNamara Street, Orange
General information
Type Highway
Length 1,105 km (687 mi)
Route number(s)
  • A71
  • (Augathella - Qld/NSW Border)
  • B71
  • (Qld/NSW Border - Nyngan)
  • A32

(Nyngan - Bathurst)

route number
  • National Route 71
  • National Route 32
Major junctions
North end
South end
Major settlements Charleville, Cunnamulla, Bourke, Nyngan, Narromine, Dubbo, Wellington, Orange
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Queensland

The Mitchell Highway is a state highway located in south central Queensland and central and northern New South Wales, Australia.


North to south, the highway starts at a junction with the Landsborough Highway near Augathella and continues south through Charleville (as Sturt Street) and Cunnamulla (as Mary Street). 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 Bathurst, at the junction of the Mid-Western Highway to Cowra and the Great Western Highway to Sydney via the Blue Mountains .

The portion of the Mitchell Highway passing through Orange is known as Summer Street and serves as the main street through the city.[1]


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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Summer Street Commercial Area" (PDF). Orange City Council. Archived from the original on 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Mitchell Highway (NSW)". OzRoads: The Australian Roads Website. Retrieved 2008-08-14. [self-published source]