Roma, with Kids

Roma was our very last stop before a 6 hour drive home to Brisbane.  On one hand we weren’t keen to get back into our normal routines, on the other, we were missing our hubbies and very conscious that we only had one day at home before the kids were due back at school.

 

We arrived in Roma mid-afternoon after a 3 hour drive from Arcadia Valley.  We had already decided that perhaps we should stop off at the Big Rig Museum to let the kids stretch their legs then drive straight through to Brisbane, giving everyone an extra day of rest at home.

 

But it was not to be.

 

Roma, Queensland

Big Rig Museum

 

As we entered the Big Rig Museum, we decided to feed the children before looking around, whilst they prepared our lunch we went next door to the park to feed the ducks, so many ducks, and everything was so green!

 

Roma, Queensland

 

The lovely staff at the Big Rig Museum told us about The Roma Express Miniature Train ride which was about to take off, a beautiful scenic ride.

 

Big Rig Station Train Rides

 

We ventured back to the Big Rig where we discovered that our techo-seeking kids were in for a treat.  They received a device to use around the attractions, they were about to embark on a quest for information… and of course it was a competition.

 

Big Rig Museum

 

The Big Rig provides visitors with a walk through history of oil drilling and exploration, giving young and old an appreciation of how hard it was for those in the industry as they read stories and see historical machinery and displays.

 

Big Rig Museum

 

The kids understood more than I expected and they were thoroughly enjoying their challenge, racing from one exhibit to the next, searching for clues.

 

Big Rig Museum

 

We’ve been told that the outdoor light and sound night show is spectacular and not to be missed.  Whilst my photo isn’t representative of the show (being in the day time and without explosions and entertainment) it will give you an idea of the intimate setting.

 

Big Rig Museum

 

Right next door to the Big Rig (in addition to the miniature train and duck feeding) is a lovely playground for the kids too… there’s so much room for them to play.

 

Roma, Queensland

Best Western Bungil Creek Motel

 

Given we’d decided to drive through to Brisbane and not stay, we popped our head into the Best Western Bungil Creek Motel reception to let them know we wouldn’t be staying.  The manager told us to take the keys and at least have a shower and use the facilities before starting our 6 hour drive home.

 

We took the key, opened the door to our room and started to regret the decision we’d made.

 

Bungil Creek Motel

 

We hadn’t realised just how nice the accommodation was, we even had separate rooms (a welcomed luxury when you’re trying to settle kids who aren’t siblings… two of whom are night owls, one of whom is an early bird).

 

Bungil Creek Motel

 

After our shower, but before handing the keys back we thought we’d just check out the menu in the restaurant, perhaps we could have an early dinner before leaving.

 

“Ummmm, I didn’t realised we’d booked 4 star Karen”, “Nope, me neither”.

 

Bungil Creek Motel

 

And then… like a little piece of heaven in the distance, we blinked when we saw it, only a parent of young children will understand the significance.

 

It was a playroom with glass walls, we could sit at our table drinking wine and having a snack (and see them!)… whilst our children had a play.

 

Bungil Creek Motel

 

The meals were absolutely fantastic and the menu was huge (yes, even the kids menu!).

 

Bungil Creek Motel

 

Indoor or outdoor dining…

 

Bungil Creek Motel

 

And the next morning we discovered the pool, we never did give the keys back after dinner, we decided to stay.

 

Bungil Creek Motel

 

The Best Western Bungil Creek Motel was the last stop on our amazing Outback adventure… and we’ll forever remember it as our little Oasis, a piece of luxury in the Outback, the place for us to dust off the dirt, the calm before the storm of our reality (a huge pile of washing and 9 weeks of making school lunches until the next school holidays).

 

Watch our video to see more of Roma!

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