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Just 6 hours west of Brisbane, Roma is is a bustling country town full of attractions, festivals and history that make it well-worth the drive! Here are the best activities and things to do in Roma.
Roma Saleyards Tour
Roma is known for cattle. In fact, Roma’s Saleyards are the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere with over 400,000 cattle moving through here each year. Visitor tours run every Tuesday morning, while the Interpretive Centre is open every day to visitors.
Located at 44590 Warrego Highway, Roma. The Roma Saleyard Interpretive Centre is open everyday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and Saleyard Tours run Tuesday mornings from 8:00am.
Roma Bush Gardens
The Roma Bush Gardens boast 14 hectares of native flora and fauna around the picturesque Railway Dam. A leisurely walk around the gardens includes eleven vegetation types local to the region, such as Brigalow, Coolibah and Mulga, as well as a variety of native birdlife, and is a perfect location for a family picnic.
Located at the Corner of Duke and Mayne Streets, Roma. Entry is free.
The Big Rig
Discover how Roma’s oil and gas industry originated with a visit to The Big Rig. Take a self-guided tour through The Big Rig Oil Patch Museum’s historical rigs and interpretive displays, or join The Night Show Sunset Experience for a sunset tour followed by a sound and light show depicting the early days of Roma’s oil and gas industry.
Located at 2 Riggers Road, Roma.
Hospital Hill Heritage Walk
The Hospital Hill Heritage walk is 2kms long and takes in 12 of the most historically significant sites of Roma’s early oil and gas industry, such as the first discovery of natural gas in Australia, the nation’s first petroleum well disaster, and the absorption plant where petrol was manufactured in Roma.
Located at McDowall Street, Roma.
Up The Creek Garage
The Up the Creek Garage hosts a collection of classic cars and rusty relics, and is home to Texas Longhorns Jack and Tex. Try your hand at the Horseshoe B or the Cornhole Challenge.
Located at 14 East George Street, Roma. Open Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Hero’s Avenue features 140 bottle trees that were planted along the sidewalks between 1918 and 1920 in tribute to the local soldiers who died in World War I.
At the end of the avenue is the memorial in Queens Park. Here a list of soldier’s names are displayed, along with nine pine trees, which have apparently been grown from seeds collected in Gallipoli.
Located at Wyndham Street, Roma.
Roma’s Largest Bottle Tree
Roma’s largest bottle tree has a girth of 9.51 metres, a height of 6 metres and a crown of 20 metres!
Located at the end of Edwardes Street, Roma.
Roma Court House
The Roma Court House is a heritage-listed building opened in 1901. It replaced the original building that was opened in 1873 for the trial of Harry Redford, aka the bushranger Captain Starlight, who stole 1,000 cattle and drove them to South Australia.
Located at the Corner of Queens and McDowall Street, Roma.
Easter In The Country
A celebration of all things country, this 5-day festival is held every year at Easter with something for the whole family, including art, song, and poetry shows, a rodeo, mud derby, a Monster Easter Egg Hunt, and Queensland’s richest goat race!
Roma’s Picnic Races
The Roma Picnic Races have been running since 1901, with a lively race program, Fashions on the Field, Black Tie Ball and more.
Road-trip to Carnarvon Gorge
Take a road trip to the beautiful Carnarvon Gorge National Park. Here you’ll find secluded gorges, stunning rock formations, Aboriginal Art and a variety of hiking and bushwalking trails.
For our visit, we stayed in our caravan at the Roma Gun Club.
There is a variety of hotels, motels and self-contained accommodation available in Roma for travellers.
Alternatively, Airbnb offers several private holiday home options for that ‘home away from home’ feeling.
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