Welcome to Roma, Mandandanji Country

Welcome to Roma, Mandandanji Country.

You’ll need to stay for at least three to four days to really get a taste for Roma and our region. We have wonderful built attractions such as the Big Rig Oil & Gas Display and Roma Saleyards.

There are plenty of areas to enjoy a peaceful walk about town, such the Adungadoo Pathway along Bungil Creek or for those looking for more history there is Roma’s self-guided Historic Walk and Mandandanji’s Walkabout Park

Roma is a great base from which to explore our many nearby natural wonders including Carnarvon Gorge, Bilba and Mt Moffatt National Parks. 

For a more revealing and personalised experiences join one of our many guided tours, whereby you’ll enjoy the yarns and get the inside story from locals about our natural and built environments, history, our many industries and much much more. 

Explore Roma!

The Big Rig & Roma’s
Visitor Information Centre

Did you know that Roma was the first place in Australia where natural gas was discovered?

Whether spending a few hours or day at The Big Rig and Roma’s Visitor Information Centre (Phone 07 4622 2325) – there is plenty to see and do.

Catering for all ages, The Big Rig takes visitors on a thoroughly entertaining journey through time. From Australia’s first discovery of petroleum, through the boom and bust years of oil and gas exploration and on to today’s multibillion-dollar industry.
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The Oil
Patch Museum

The Oil Patch Museum

The Oil Patch is an outdoor museum located behind the Big Rig. You can elect to self-guide or be guided by “Roma’s Rigger” who shares the trials and tribulations that our pioneers endured whilst trying to strike it rich with Roma oil; along with the crude stories of an industry that history almost forgot.
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The Night Show
Sunset Experience

The Night Show Sunset Experience

Ignite your interest in sabotage and drama whilst you enjoy a glass of Outback port and an original sound and light show that shares the gritty details and salute Australia’s riggers, past and present. Be intrigued by how the events that occurred in Roma threatened to destroy the Australian oil and gas industry before it even began; and how mateship and ingenuity carved out today’s multibillion dollar industry.
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Boobook
Ecotours

Boobook Ecotours

Be prepared for fun and adventure as you discover Roma and surrounds with Boobook’s eco-guides. Enjoy an informative Town tour, a visit to surrounding farming properties or journey to the Carnarvon Ranges to see Sandstone cliffs, Aboriginal Art, cycad filled gorges, taking in the vista from spectacular lookouts.

Travelling in small, personalised groups, you’ll gain resident knowledge of Australia’s wildlife, pioneering history, local industries and lots more.
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Roma
Saleyards

Roma Saleyards

Cattle mooing, auctioneers calling, horses trotting – it all happens at the Roma Saleyards - the largest cattle selling centre in Australia, with over 400,000 cattle passing through a year.

Free and opened every day from 8am to 5pm enjoy the state-of-the-art interpretive centre telling the story of the cattle industry. On sale days from 8am until 11am retired cattlemen volunteer their time to answer visitors’ questions about the saleyards and, more broadly, the cattle industry.
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Up the
Creek Garage

Up the Creek Garage

Fifth generation local family, hosts Robert & Edith Burton share their collection of classic cars, rusty relics, murals & art, photography of their road tips & Longhorn cattle. Check out their restoration projects!

Guided tours and presentation of their Museum and Maranoa History. Admission charges apply. Open 7 days, under 18’s Free. Something for everyone on the Road Outback.
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Carnarvon Gorge
Eco Tours

Carnarvon Gorge Eco Tours

A locally owned tour company based at Injune, with more than twenty years experience, they offer a range of tours that reveal the hidden wonders of Carnarvon Gorge’s landscapes and wildlife.
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Windows of
St Paul's Anglican Church

Windows of St Paul's Anglican Church

St Paul’s Church houses an inspiring display of over 50 stunning Leadlight and stained-glass windows. Dating back to 1876, three of the windows were shipped from England. Other features include an impressive pipe organ with its 567 working pipes and a cement block making machine used during the construction of this historic church. Open for viewing by appointment. Phone 0417 764 134

Roma's Biggest
Bottle Tree

Roma's Biggest Bottle Tree

With a diameter of 9.51m, a height of 6m and a crown of 20m, stop by to see this famous tree. Transplanted by the local Council from a local property in 1927 to its present location, it’s estimated this bottle tree’s branches date back to the 19th century.

The Avenue
Of Heroes

The Avenue Of Heroes

The Heroes Avenue of 130 Queensland bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestris) 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, outside the Post Office, near the corner of McDowell and Wyndham streets, is locally known as the Tree of Knowledge.

Roma Bush
Gardens

Roma Bush Gardens

Encompassing the picturesque Railway Dams, this leisurely walk is a must for enthusiasts of the Australian bush. The Gardens showcase eleven vegetation communities local to the Roma region, including Brigalow, Coolibah and Mulga, with plans to further develop this regionally significant garden. The walk offers a great variety of different vistas of the dam, which is also regarded as a first-rate place for bird-watching.

Carnarvon Gorge
National Park

Carnarvon Gorge National Park

Queensland’s ageing rock star – – is just as stunning now as she was 27 million years ago.

Hidden in the rugged ranges of Outback Queensland just north of Injune QLD, Carnarvon Gorge features towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured side gorges, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal rock art. You will be captivated by the abundance of native wildlife and the rare wilderness on offer at Carnarvon Gorge.
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Roma
Express

Roma Express

Ride the “Roma Express” – a miniature train that travels a picturesque 1.4km circuit from March to October. Starting at the Big Rig parkland the track traverses Bungil Creek across “Bailey Bridge”; a pre-fabricated truss bridge created in England and considered one of the great feats of engineering in WWII.

Phone Big Rig Roma Visitor Information Centre (07) 4622 2325 for operating times.

Southern Cross
Windmill

Southern Cross Windmill

Located beside the main highway, the largest commercially operational windmill manufactured by Southern Cross can be viewed in close range on the grounds of local business Pumps N Solar. Built in 1950 by the Toowoomba Foundry, this windmill has a 9-metre diameter wheel and is 15 metres high.

Roma's Historic
Walk

Roma's Historic Walk

Roma Historic Walk a self-guided walking trail connecting Roma’s significant landmarks and interpretative panels detailing the town’s exciting and colourful history.

Adungadoo
Pathway

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 Creek by the Mandandanji tribe, is further enhanced by interpretative signs, graceful rest shelters and a striking “meeting place” area.

Roma
Court House

Roma Court House

Opened in 1901 this heritage listed building replaced the original wooden structure built in 1873 for the trial of the infamous cattle duffer, Harry Redford, alias Captain Starlight.

Roma Community
Art Centre

Roma Community Arts Centre

Be inspired by the exhibitions on display in the Roma on Bungil and the Walk of Art Galleries. You maybe lucky to see artisans at work in the studios. Roma’s Modern town library is also found here if you wish to relax with a book. Phone 07 4624 0301 for opening times.

Three-Dimensional
Mural

Three-Dimensional Mural

A large 18m2 clay mural created by local artists’, John and Maureen Morrison as a Bi-Centennial project. Sit back and watch as this striking display showcases 17 local elements interpreted by means of an audio and moving light presentation to give an interesting overview of the history, industry and culture of Roma and district.

Bassett Park
Mural

Bassett Park Mural

Depicting the industries, flora, fauna and landscapes of the Roma district, the 100m work of art was completed in 2018. The mural features northern landscapes of the Carnarvon Ranges with Cycads and Aboriginal Rock Art along with the shimmering grassy grazing paddocks of Major Mitchell’s champagne country to the south.

Hospital Hill
Heritage Walk

Hospital Hill Heritage Walk

Hospital Hill Heritage Walk is a 2km self-guided walk featuring Roma’s most historically significant oil and gas industry sites.

Historic
Lenroy Slab Hut

Historic Lenroy Slab Hut

Situated opposite the Big Rig this hut was built by hand in 1893 with local timber to house a family of eleven. Moved to this site, the only upgraded replacement of the original building has been the verandah.

Explore OtherTowns In Our Region

Injune

Injune

The town of Injune Found at the base of the Carnarvon Ranges and surrounded by some of Queensland’s best National Parks, Injune is the perfect destination to start your next outdoor adventure.

Surround yourself with breathtaking natural landscapes, while learning about the pioneering heritage and rich Aboriginal Dreamtime stories of the region.
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Mitchell

Mitchell

Located on the bank s of the Maranoa River, 87km west of Roma, Mitchell has enough Australian history to support its own miniseries. From the infamous Kenniff Brothers capture to Major Mitchell’s expedition across the region, follow the stories of yesteryear as you travel the region. You won’t be stuck in the pages of a history book forever, take a break and rejuvenate the mind and body with a soak in the precious minerals from the Great Artesian Basin.

You won’t be stuck in the pages of a history book forever, take a break and rejuvenate the mind and body with a soak in the precious minerals from the Great Artesian Basin.
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Surat

Surat

Step back in time with a visit to the picturesque township of Surat.

On the Great Inland Way, 78km from Roma, Surat offers visitors a chance to explore its pioneering history and learn about the town’s significant involvement during the Cobb & Co era, just a stone’s throw from the banks of the Balonne River.
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Wallumbilla

Wallumbilla

Experience the charm of Wallumbilla and good ol’ fashion country hospitality with a visit to Calico Cottage.

Located 40km east of Roma on the Warrego Highway, this quaint township is dedicated to sharing the area’s local heritage.

Wallumbilla’s residents will ensure you experience the country charm that makes our region so special
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Yuleba & Jackson

Yuleba & Jackson

Located 60km east of Roma, enjoy the charm of the small community town of Yuleba Qld while learning about the region’s history.

Take in artwork and relive the last horse drawn coach mail service from Surat to Yuleba in 1924 with a day trip along the Cobb & Co Way.
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