Roma's Easter in the Country Program

Friday 29 March 2024

Maranoa Monster Fishing Competition

Venue: Neil Turner Weir – Mitchell

Time: Commences at 7am.  Presentations to be held at 4:30pm.

Cost: Nomination fees – $10 per individual and per family for members.  $10 per person for non-members per individual.

See more of the Maranoa and come along and take part in the Maranoa Monster Fishing Competition.  

This competition is hosted by the Mitchell Fishing and Restocking Group at the Neil Turner Weir.

Neil Turner Weir is a small weir located on the northern side of the Mitchell township.  The weir holds back the waters of the Maranoa River. To the west on the banks of the river, is a fishing spot known as Fisherman’s Rest.  The weir was built in 1984 and is made of concrete and filled with sand.  

BBQ as well as fish and chips will be available throughout the day with a ice-cream van for refreshments.

Raffles will also be run on the day.  It should be a great day to enjoy the country atmosphere and the friendliness of the local community.

Prizes will be presented for each of the following categories:  Male, Female and Junior Boy and Junior Girl – so bring the whole family for a day out fishing.

Poster for Maranoa Monster Fishing Competition 2023

Roma Bush Gardens ‘Walk on the Wildside’

Venue: Roma Bush Gardens, Railway Dam, Corner Duke and Mayne Street, Roma 

Time: Early Bird Walk @ 7am OR Late Risers Walk @ 9am.

A pancake breakfast will be served at 8am.

Cost: Gold Coin donations welcome

Come on down to the popular Walk on the Wildside & Pancake Brekky this Good Friday!

Be guided by BOOBOOK expert ecological guides on one of the nature walks and tuck into some fresh cooked pancakes by Roma Bush Gardens Volunteers at 8am.

The picturesque Railway Dam is a must for the enthusiast of the Australian Bush.

Ecumenical Good Friday Service

Venue: St Paul’s Anglican Church, Cnr Bungil & Arthur Streets, Roma.

Time: 8:00am

Cost: Free

Moorelands Bush Nursery

Venue: Moorelands Bush Nursery, Dargal Road, Roma.

How to get there:
Drive west along Miscamble St to Orallo Rd and then onto Dargal Road, following the signage.

Time: Nursery open 8:00am to 2:00pm.  Cafe open from 8:00am to 12noon.

Cost: Free.  Refreshments and nursery items available for purchase.

Enjoy a drive in the country this Easter and visit beautiful Moorelands Bush Nursery.  There is a wonderful garden to browse and lots of plants, pots and ornaments for sale. The Café serves delicious homemade treats and is a great place for breakfast.

Roma Butter Factory

Venue: 18-20 Station Street, Roma

Time: 9am to 2:00pm

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

For the history buffs take a visit to the Roma Butter Factory and learn about the history of the factory and how it contributed to the development of the town and Roma as a farming community in the early days.

Flyer for Roma's Butter Factory opening hours over Easter.

The Big Rig Tower & Tree Walk & Self-guided Tour of the Oil Patch

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma

Time: 9am to 4:30pm daily

Cost: Pricing ranges from:
Adults $20
Concession $18
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $55
Child $15
Children under 5 yrs free.

Bookings essential.  Book online HERE or phone (07) 4624 0204.

Learn about the trials and tribulations that our pioneers endured whilst trying to strike it rich with Roma oil, and how their lessons have led to a multi-billion industry today.

Immerse yourself in the pioneering stories, climb the magnificent 40m tower, meander along the tree walk through the ancient river red gums, stand beneath the rigs and gain an understanding of hope, ingenuity and mateship that shaped the Australian oil, gas and energy industry.

John Richardson Camel Rides

Venue: Big Rig Parklands, Roma

Cost: $10 per ride

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Up the Creek Garage Museum

Venue: 14 George Street, Roma (just behind Shady’s Lagoon / 15 minute walk along the Adungadoo Pathway from The Big Rig / 10 minutes from the Post Office.)

Cost: $20 Single Adult, 17 and Under FREE.

Time: 9am – 4pm

From Cars in the Garden (commemorating the Aussie Car Industry) to incorporating over 800 pictures of road trips of Australia, USA and New Zealand.  A fabulous collage of photos that tell a million stories and a visit not to be missed when you are in town for Roma’s Easter In The Country.  This is a museum full of memories.

Incorporating a Aussie Holden Museum (with a difference).  Art and murals, get your kicks on Route 66 in a 1969 Mustang or travel the Warrego Hi-Way (old Hi-Way 54) in the Maranoa Travel 1966 XP Falcon ute.

Join in activities such as cornhole tossing and horseshoe pitching. Exciting Activities and fun for all ages.

You can even get your photo taken with the longhorns – Jack or Tex.

Up the Creek Museum poster   Up the Creek Museum Logo

Miniature Train Rides

Venue: Big Rig Parklands, Riggers Road, Roma

Time: Operating between 10:00am to 2:00pm

The train will finish operating before Bluey starts his performance.

Cost: $2

Helicopter Rides

Venue: Cricket Grounds (directly across from the Big Rig) – see the sign for Omni

Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm – Friday and Sunday

Cost: $95 per person

Seeking adventure this Easter? This flight will give you a bird’s eye view of the whole town and its surroundings.  Open to all ages and will certainly bring a thrill! 

There will be a minimum of 2 passengers per flight, maximum of 4.

In Stitches Quilt & Craft Show

Venue: Hibernian Hall, Hawthorne Street, Roma Qld 4455

Cost: $5 per adult

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

2024 Quilt and Craft Show poster for Roma's Easter in the Country

Easter Art Show

Venue: Walk of Art, Hawthorne Street, Roma Qld 4455

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Deadly Way Cultural Show

Venue: Yarning Circle, Bungil Street, Roma

Time: Good Friday – 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 4:00pm sessions
Easter Monday – 8:30am & 10:30am sessions

Approx 1 hour duration.  Bookings essential.  Tour capacity capped at 25 people.

Be welcomed to the traditional lands of the Mandandanji people with a smoking ceremony along with traditional dance and paint. Hear the history of the area while taking a short walk to discover the use of bush foods and plants, as well as an artefact/tools display and demonstration.

Afterwards, check out various products for sale including artwork, didgeridoos, clapsticks, boomerangs, books and more!

Cost: $25 for Adults, $5 for Youth (under 16yrs old).  

Bookings:  Bookings essential.  Visit www.deadlyway.com.au or email  lane_deadlyway@outlook.com.au

Roma sings Bush Ballads and Bush Poetry

Venue: RSL Hall Quintin Street, Roma

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Cost: Admission $10

Enjoy contemporary bush music and stories about the bush at Roma’s Easter in the Country.

Lunch and refreshments available.

Special Guests include:

Jeff Brown – Bush Balladeer and Golden Guitar Winner

Dean Perrett – Tradition Country Singer and Songwriter and Golden Guitar Winner – Tamworth 2023

Alisha Smith – Multiple Award winner and Australia’s only lady playing Tradition Country Ballads

Caitlyn Jamieson – Winner of the Macca’s Golden Gig – Tamworth 2023

Scotty Mack – Contemporary country songwriter and singer and finalist in Telstra Road to Tamworth Competition and local talent.

Gary Fogarty: Bush Poet

Brian Weir: Bush Poet

Roma History Lodge

Venue: 17 McDowall Street, Roma

Cost: Gold coin donation

Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Open from 2:00pm to 5:00pm each day

Roma History Lodge – the written history of Roma and surrounds. 

Enjoy the themed display ‘100 Years of QCWA Western Division’ and the lodge is also open for anyone wanting to check out their family history in the area.  Many books on local history also for sale.

Ironbark Raceway Drag Racing

Venue: Ironbark Raceway – Kimblers Road (off Warrego Highway), Roma

Time: Gates Open: 2:00pm – Racing commences from 3pm

Cost: Adults $15 (15 years and over)
14 years and under FREE entry

Get your backsides, trackside for some great drag racing action.

The South West Drag Racing Association will be celebrating ’20 years of Ironbark Raceway’. The race track was officially opened at Easter 2003.

To celebrate we hope to get as many past and present members together for a three day event which includes:

2pm – Burnout Competition at 2pm

Heats to be run (with Finals of Burnouts on Saturday afternoon)  Canteen only operating.  Eftpos Available

6pm Official ’20 years of Ironbark’ Dinner at Ironbark – tickets available by contacting secretary@ironbarkraceway.com.au

2pm – Gates open to Public for a 3pm start. 

Qualifying of Drag Racing and Burnout Comp Finals.
Canteen & Bar operating with Eftpos available.

8am – Gates open to Public for a 9am start.
Canteen & Bar operating.  Eftpos available

Get your thrills on the Hill at Ironbark Raceway.

An Eggcellent Afternoon with Bluey and the Easter Bunny

Venue: Big Rig Parklands, Riggers Rd, Roma

Cost: Free

Time: From 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Enjoy an afternoon of children’s entertainment and fun for the young at heart.

2:00pm – Join in the fun of the games – egg and spoon races, sack races and three legged races. These will be in ages groups and on the terrace adjacent to the Miniature Train at the Big Rig Parklands.

3:00pm – CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT – Bluey and Bingo Live Interactive Experience at Easter in the Country!  Bluey and Bingo return to Roma’s Easter in the Country!  Come down, welcome them back and see Bluey and Bingo.  BLUEY TM and BLUEY character logos TM & © Ludo Studio Pty Ltd 2018

3:30pm – Easter Egg Giveaway. This will run in age groups again and under the supervision of parent and officials. Children will only get one or two small Easter eggs and sharing is strongly encouraged to ensure everyone gets to participate.  The Easter Bunny arrives to greet the children and there will be loads of photo opportunities.

4:15pm – Incase you missed them – Bluey and Bingo return for another Live Interactive Experience!

Refreshments available and enjoy your time at Roma’s Big Rig Parklands.

If you want a seat you need to bring a chair or a blanket.

Roma International Motor Speedway

Venue: Roma International Speedway, 27 Two Mile Road, Roma.
(2klms east of Roma on the Warrego Highway – follow the signs).

Time: Gates open at 4:00pm.  Cars on track 5:00pm.

Cost: $25 – Adults
$10 – 13 to 17yrs
Free – Children Under 12
$10 – Aged Pensioners with ID

Classes running:
Legend Car Classic
National 4’s
Nostalgia Sedans
Rocky Super Stockers Memorial
SSA Juniors
Surfers Paradise Sedans

View the promo video by clicking here HERE

The Big Rig Night Show Sunset Experience

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma

Time: 5:30pm daily

Cost: Pricing ranges from:
Adults $20
Concession $18
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $55
Child $15
Children under 5 yrs free.

Bookings essential.  Book online HERE or phone (07) 4624 0204.

Ignite your interest in sabotage, drama and intrigue through the eyes of a “Roma Rigger” guide, with a glass of Outback port and an original short history film under the stars in our outdoor theatre. 

The events that occurred in Roma threatened to destroy the Australian oil and gas industry before it even began, join us as we share the gritty details and salute Australia’s riggers, past and present.

NRG Xtreme Bulls Australia

Venue: Bassett Park – Roma Showgrounds Northern Road, Roma.

Time: 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Cost: Adults (12 years and over) $20 each
Children (11 years and Under) Free – no tickets required.  Buy your tickets HERE

*** This event is being livestreamed.  Suscribe to watch all the action HERE

The Original Xtreme Sport is back this year in Roma!!

Xtreme Bulls are pleased to be heading back to Roma’s Easter in the Country weekend for another stop of the Xtreme Bulls Australia Tour.

This will be Roma’s fifth Xtreme Bulls event and one not to miss out on. Featuring Australia’s elite Bull Riders taking on the Gill Bros Rodeo Company’s Xtreme Bulls.  Be sure to catch the action at this event and the big screen replays.

With increased prize money to $8000 winner takes all – not a bad wager for a 10 second ride…

The event is a classic, so sit back and relax at the alcohol free family night.

Food vans on site.           

Lions Fish & Chip Van

Venue: Cnr Arthur and McDowall Street, Roma

Time: 6.00pm

Cost: Free to attend.  Food available to purchase.

A selection of food, drinks and a place to sit and meet the locals and visitors to the Festival.