The most famous attraction in Roma would undoubtedly be The Big Rig, where you will learn all about Australia’s history in oil and gas exploration. From the first gas find in Roma over a 100 years ago, through to today’s multi-billion dollar industry, the museum houses a collection of photos, facts, stories and equipment which piece together the industry as a whole.
Ride the “The Roma Express” – a miniature train that travels a picturesque 1.4 kl circuit. The track traverses Bungil Creek across the “Bailey Bridge”, a pre-fabricated truss bridge created in England and considered one of the great feats of engineering in WWII. The train, imported from England, operates from March to October.
To get to know the local community, visit the Cultural Centre, St Paul's Anglican Church and Mt Abundance Homestead, or have a wander through the bustling main streets of Roma, McDowall and Wyndham.
The present-day Roma courthouse replaced the original, which held one of outback Australia's most famous trials. The legend of Harry Redford was brought to public notice in Roma's courthouse two years after he was charged with the theft of 1,000 head of cattle from Bowen Station near Longreach. Redford allegedly stole the cattle and 'drove' them through country where no man had conquered, with an eventual sale in South Australia. Among the herd was one bull in particular, an unmistakeable big white bloke that gave the whole game away. Even with evidence against Redford, it is believed that the jurors were that captured by his bush skills, daring and panache. He was found not guilty and let walk a free man, going on to successfully manage several large properties and perhaps bask in the 'glory' of being Australia's "King of the Cattle Duffers".
The Avenue of Heroes is heritage-listed, featuring over 140 bottle trees in a touching tribute to the fallen soldiers from the Roma District who lost their lives in the First World War. The planting began in 1918, with each tree now displaying its own remembrance plaque.
The striking three-dimensional mural at Roma's Cultural Centre contains 17 local elements and is interpreted by means of an audio and moving light presentation. This gives a concise and interesting overview of the history, industry and culture of Roma and its district. The large 18m2 clay mural was created by local artists John and Mareen Morrison as a Bi-Centennial project.
The Roma Information Centre is based at the Big Rig complex at 2 Riggers Road Roma. Friendly volunteers will assist in making your visit to Roma a most informative and enjoyable experience.