Experience a slice of Roma’s history at Big Rig Roma Museum, a fascinating tribute to Australia’s history of oil and gas from its pioneers to the present day. Visitors choose from several tours, learning intriguing tales of tragedies, surprises, and dramas from when oil and gas first flowed in our country. There were plenty of trials and tribulations endured whilst these pioneers tried to strike it rich with Roma oil.
The story comes alive through exhibits, machinery displays, audio-visual features and local, knowledgeable ‘Roma Rigger’ guides. The exhibits cover the first discovery of petroleum through the boom-and-bust years of oil and gas exploration and how the lessons learned back then have helped shape the multi-billion oil and gas industry today. Big Rig Roma is a living history of oil and gas exploration and is well worth a visit.
Big Rig in Roma is a great spot to dig into Australia’s oil and gas history, from its pioneering past to the present day. Take a self-guided tour through historic rigs, mining machinery and equipment. On the guided tours a ‘Roma Rigger’ will share stories of the industry’s pioneers and the challenges they encountered.
If you’re arriving late in the day, or want a special night-time adventure, the Big Rig Rig Sunset Experience is a treat. Enjoy a glass of Outback port while catching a glimpse into life on the Big Rig back in the 1930s. This entertaining show explores the living history of Australia's gas and oil industry up to the 1970s.
Surrounding the museum is The Big Rig Parklands, open free to the public. Strolling through the parklands, you’ll discover Lenroy Slab Hut, built in 1893 from cypress pine. It’s now an interesting folk museum showing the reality of bush life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Roma Express is a miniature train that travels around the parklands. You can also find the Roma Visitor Information Centre at The Big Rig, as well as a charming café.
Visit Big Rig in Roma on one of our special Outback Queensland tours.
Roma is a large town in Outback Queensland, five and a half hours west of Brisbane and the first place in Australia where onshore natural gas flowed, making it the perfect place to learn the enthralling story of Australia’s oil and gas industry.
Set against the dramatic landscape of country Queensland, The Big Rig is named after the 1929 vintage steam-powered drilling rig you’ll see on-site. This regional museum dives into the history of oil, gas, and energy exploration in Australia from the perspective of the characters involved.
Adungadoo Pathway winds through river red gums to Roma’s largest bottle tree. This famous tree is 15 metres high with a girth of 9.62 metres and a crown of 23 metres. In 1927 it was removed from a local property by Roma Town Council and transplanted to its present spot in what is now the parklands.
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