Roma

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

Experiences

The Big Rig – Night Show

Experience the history of the search and discovery of oil and gas in Roma. Settle back and relax under the outback skies as you are taken on a fascinating journey to meet the locals and learn of the entertaining trials and triumphs of early industry men and women…

The Big Rig – Oil Patch Museum

As the original birth place of the Australia’s Oil and Gas industry, the Roma area is well known for its natural gas assets and recent increases in demand for natural gas has seen strong industry development throughout the region. The Big Rig provides valuable insight into the hardships…

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,…

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 9.51 metres, a height of six metres and a crown of 20 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…

Roma Saleyards Visitor Tours

Roma Saleyards are the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere, seeing over 400,000 cattle a year. Auctions happen every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and are an incredible sight to see! Tours are available on sale days free of charge. No bookings are required, simply meet at…

Boobook Ecotours

With over 30 year’s ecology and farming experience Boobook guides are hailed as authorities in the natural history of the Carnarvon Ranges and surrounding region. Join them on an adventure of a life time to get a real taste of Outback Queensland. Leaving from Roma, Queensland (one hour…

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