West of the Great Dividing Range, Roma can be found in the heart of the Maranoa region. Six hours from Brisbane, Roma makes for the perfect start to your outback adventure. There’s no better place to channel your inner cowboy or girl than right here; Roma is home to the largest cattle sale yards in the southern hemisphere. Visitors can even get up close to the action during a bustling live auction.
With a population of 7,000, Roma delivers all of the convenience of a city served up with the big heart of a booming country town. Wrap your arms around Roma’s largest bottle tree and take a stroll down poignant Heroes Avenue. Visit The Big Rig to learn about the oil and gas industry. Enjoy one of Roma’s many events and festivals, or stop en route to the natural wonders of Carnarvon Gorge National Park.
Make tracks for Queensland's central west on the Spirit of the Outback, an historic rail journey like no other. Then delve deep into outback life staying in Longreach, Toogunna Plains Station and Roma. Visit the Stockman's Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum. Take a Station tour and Thomson River sunset cruise. Unearth dinosaurs in Winton, Waltz with Matilda, take a station tour with insights to the land overseeing all of Queensland’s iconic outback.
Join us as we head out west to experience the outback way of life, learning about how the graziers and producers of this region carry out their impressive operations all whilst enjoying the local sights and country hospitality. Spending nights out under the wide open sky away from the bright city lights you will be able to discover the cosmos in all its glory. Take the opportunity to see some of the endangered species of native Australian animals up close and personal as we visit them in their natural habitats. Discover and learn the history of Australia’s National Gemstone, the opal as we are shown how they are mined,processed, and turned into beautiful jewellery.
Experience the charm of Picnic Point Toowoomba and a night in Roma, where you'll witness a live cattle auction alongside local graziers. Explore Charleville with a local guide and take in the historic Hotel Corones. Don't miss the enchanting twilight tour and stargazing at The Cosmos Centre. Venture further into the Outback with a local guide to Quilpie before indulging in 2 nights of deluxe cabins at Toogunna Plains Station. Explore the Eromanga Natural History Museum, where prehistoric fossils come to life, and savor a Taste of the Outback dinner. Immerse yourself in the vast Mitchell Grass Plains of Longreach with 3 nights of glamping. Delve into the ancient past at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum and explore the Waltzing Matilda Centre. Pay tribute to Australian stockmen at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Cruise the Thomson River at sunset, dine under the stars, and enjoy an authentic outback show. Conclude your adventure with an overnight rail journey in sleeper cabins aboard the Spirit of the Outback.
Get back to nature and discover some iconic Queensland destinations. Take a guided nature walk discovering the flora and fauna of beautiful Carnarvon Gorge before getting up close with the turtles and even volunteer at the Rehab centre on Quoin Island. Enjoy bird watching tours and eco reef walks on a coral cay whilst staying on secluded Heron Island. Then venture out on a full Paradise tour to Bustard Head on the iconic LARC whilst staying in Agnes Waters.
There are so many things to do in Roma, so plan to spend a couple of days discovering this busy country capital.
Discover Australia’s unique oil and gas industry history at The Big Rig. This interactive experience covers the early rig sites and machinery and delves into today’s multi-billion dollar industry. The Night Show Sunset Experience here is well worth booking.
Roma has a packed calendar of events throughout the year, with racing carnivals and garden and arts events. The Easter in the Country festival is an annual five-day event, choc-a-block with fun for the whole family, including a street parade, art, song, and poetry shows, a rodeo, mud derby and even goat races!
Over 400,000 cattle are moo-ved through Roma’s sale yards each year, making it the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Visitor tours run every Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30 am. There’s no need to book; meet out the front and follow one of the Akubra-sporting guides.
Take a self-guided walk past the town’s heritage buildings and beautifully landscaped CBD. You’ll also find a shopper’s delight with local specialist shops, boutiques, cafes and the Roma on Bungil Art Gallery. There are numerous places to eat in Roma, including takeaways, cafes and specialist steakhouses (this is the heart of beef country, after all).
It’s easy to get to Roma! The six-hour drive takes you up the Great Dividing Range to Toowoomba, then on to the Maranoa region and into cosmopolitan Roma, the gateway to Outback Queensland. A one-hour flight is available from Brisbane. Train services to Roma are available aboard The Westlander between Brisbane and Charleville.
Roma’s semi-arid climate means summers are hot and dry, with occasional thunderstorms bringing relief from the heat, and winters are mild and pleasant with little rain. Autumn is a comfortable time to visit as temperatures start to gradually drop but are still warm (around 25°C to 30°C) and nights become cooler.
Roma is known for its rich agricultural heritage, being one of Australia's key cattle and farming regions. It is often referred to as the birthplace of the oil and gas industry in Australia due to the discovery of natural gas fields in the area. The town is also famous for its annual Easter in the Country festival, celebrating rural life with events, rodeos, and entertainment.
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