About Roma

Population: 7,011

The biggest and best outback adventures start in Roma, located just half-a-days drive (476kms), or one hours flight, west of Brisbane. You can join an authentic tour of the biggest cattle saleyards in the southern hemisphere, wrap your arms around Queensland’s biggest bottle tree and learn about the discovery of oil and gas in Australia at The Big Rig, Roma.

Throughout the region there is truly spectacular ancient landscapes and unique flora and fauna. There are eight established tourist drives, perfect for the 4WD enthusiast looking to get off the beaten track, plus fully guided eco tours available.  Carnarvon Gorge National Park offers towering white cliffs, huge rock overhangs adorned with ochre stencils and engravings from an ancient and ongoing culture and an array of well-established walking trails.


Roma is the largest town in the Maranoa Region and offers an array of city-like conveniences with friendly country hospitality.  There is an abundance of cafes ideally located throughout town and dining options include fine dining restaurants, niche cafes, contemporary pubs with and alfresco dining, plus all your traditional take-away options. As you are in the heart of beef country be sure to try a mouth-watering grass-fed steak while you are in town.

Leave some room in your suitcase because beautifully landscaped down-town Roma offers the perfect place to stroll and browse the beautiful local specialist shops, including the abundant craft supplies store and local Roma on Bungil Art Gallery.

Where To Stay


Roma Saleyards Interpretive Centre and Tour

The Roma Saleyards is Australia’s largest cattle selling centre, with over 400,000 cattle passing through a year. Enjoy the new state-of-the-art interpretive centre telling the story of the cattle industry. As you enter the Interpretive Centre, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d joined a cattle drive on

Boobook Ecotours

Established in 2000 by Craig and Meryl Eddie, Boobook is a nationally recognised industry leader providing on-ground benefits to the environment. By working and journeying with them, their clients form a deeper appreciation of the natural environment, taking inspired action that contributes to enhanced on-ground outcomes and the

Three Dimensional Mural

This striking mural containing 17 local elements is interpreted by means of an audio and moving light presentation, which gives a concise and interesting overview of the history, industry and culture of Roma and its district. The large 18 square metre clay mural was created by local artists,

War Memorial and Heroes Avenue, Roma

The Heroes Avenue of 93 Queensland bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestre) creates a uniquely outback boulevard, remembering the men of Roma who died in WWI. The first tree was planted in 1918 supposedly in honour of Lieutenant Corporal Norman Saunders who was killed in France in 1916. That tree,

The Big Rig – The Night Show Sunset Experience

Join them on a sunset tour to the EMSCO Rig and enjoy some ‘really’ good regional Port whilst hearing the stories of yesteryear. As the sun sets relax under the outback skies as you are taken on a 35 minute sound and light journey to learn of the

The Big Rig Tower & Tree Walk and Oil Patch Museum

Join them at The Big Rig in Roma to discover the unique history of how and where the Australian oil and gas industry originated. The Oil Patch enables you to experience the history of early rig sites and machinery and gain an understanding of today’s multi-billion dollar industry.

Roma Bush Gardens

Encompassing the picturesque Railway Dam, this leisurely walk is a must for enthusiast of the Australian bush. The 14 hectare gardens showcase eleven vegetation communities local to the Roma region, including Brigalow, Coolibah and Mulga. The walk offers a great variety of different vistas of the dam, which

Roma Court House

The Roma Court House is an impressive building which was opened in 1901. This heritage listed building replaced the original structure which was opened in 1873 for the trail of the infamous cattle duffer, Harry Redford alias Captain Starlights who had stolen 1,000 cattle and driven them to

Roma on Bungil Art Gallery and the Walk of Art

Be inspired by the exhibitions on display in the Roma on Bungil Gallery and the Walk of Art Gallery. Exhibitions vary with works from local and well renown travelling artists. See artisans at work in the various adjoining studios or just relax with a book in the adjacent

Roma’s Largest Bottle Tree

Roma’s largest bottle tree, which has the incredible girth of 9.62 metres, a height of 15 metres and a crown of 23 metres, was transplanted by Roma Town Council to its present location from a local property in 1927. The tree was fairly well grown at the time

Southern Cross Windmill

The largest commercially operational windmill manufactured by Southern Cross can be viewed at close range on the grounds of Pumps and Solar. Built in 1950 by the Toowoomba Foundry, the windmill has a 9 metre diameter wheel and is 15 metres high. A great location to get up

Lenroy Slab Hut

Lenroy Slab Hut was built from rough hewn cypress pine in 1893. It was later moved to this site where it served as the Visitor Information Centre until the present one was built. It gives a reminder of the reality of bush life in the nineteenth and early

Adungadoo Pathway

Following the peaceful waters of Bungil Creek, this 1.7 kilometre shared concrete paved pathway is ideal for walkers, joggers and cyclists. Ancient river gums are a beautiful feature of the walk, whist the watercourse is a must for any birdwatchers. Adungadoo which was the name given to Bungil

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