Book your accommodation now for Roma’s Easter in the Country.
There are plenty of beds in Roma during the festival weekend – but be sure to book early so you don’t miss out!
Stay at one of Roma’s fabulous motels or bring the camper and stay at our Bassett Park Showgrounds.
The most famous attraction in Roma undoubtedly 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 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 Roma Express‘ – a miniature train travels a picturesque 1.4 km circuit. 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. 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 Abundace Homestread or have a wander through the bustling main streets (McDowall and Wyndham) of Roma.
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 1000 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 unmistakable big white bloke that gave the whole game away.
Even with evidence against Redford, it is believed that the jurors were captivated 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 Heros is heritage-listed, featuring over 140 bottle trees in what is 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. It gives concise and interesting overview of the history, industry and culture of Roma and its district. The large 18m square clay mural was created by local artists John and Maureen 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 most informative and an enjoyable experience.