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Roma's Easter in the Country Program

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Friday 29 March 2024

Lost World Carnarvons (Wallaroo) Day Tour by Boobook Explore

Venue: Carnarvon Ranges

Time: 6:45am for 7:00am Roma departure.  Returning approx 6pm.  Pick up points Roma motels, Injune and Wallaroo Outback Retreat.

Cost: Bookings required.
Adults – $295 per person
Child – $255 (8-14yrs)
Family – $845 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
Senior – $280
Min Pax – 6
Max Pax – 14

Experience a day you’ll never forget in an Australian wilderness that time forgot. This small-group tour travels from Roma by 4WD, air-conditioned mini-bus to the privately-owned Wallaroo cattle station covering nearly 300 square kilometres of bush, gorges, rivers and natural diversity deep in the Carnarvon Ranges. You’ll step back in time through millennia as we explore cycad groves, incredible sandstone formations and Indigenous rock art. On short walks from the mini-bus you’ll see wonders few eyes see. Our eco-guide will share fascinating insights and you’ll discover how this land has supported flora, fauna and humanity in harmony for centuries.

Bookings: Book online HERE

For further information please contact Boobook Explore by phone (07) 4622 2646 or email info@boobookexplore.com.au

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 and cafe open 8:00am to 2:00pm.

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 Cafe serves delicious homemade treats and is a great place for breakfast, morning tea and lunch.

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.

Roma Butter Factory Flyer for Easter in the Country

 

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. Combination tickets available online.

Discover the challenges and hardships faced by our pioneers in their pursuit of wealth through Roma oil and understand how their experiences paved the way for today’s thriving multi-billion-dollar industry.

Engage with their narratives, ascend the impressive 40-meter tower, wander along the tree walk amid ancient river red gums, stand beneath the rigs, and grasp the essence of hope, ingenuity, and camaraderie that moulded the Australian oil, gas, and energy sector.

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 – 3pm

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 Garage Advert

Up The Creek Garage Advert  

 

Miniature Train Rides

Venue: Big Rig Parklands, Riggers Road, Roma

Time: Operating between 11:00am to 2:00pm

The train will finish operating before Bluey starts his performance.  Ride the “The Roma Express” – a miniature train that travels a picturesque 1.4 km circuit. For all ages.

Cost: $5 per person (3 years and under free and must be accompanied with an adult)

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 Tour

*** Due to unforeseen circumstances we regret that this event has been cancelled ***

Roma sings Bush Ballads and Bush Poetry – Live music and yarns

Venue: RSL Hall Quintin Street, Roma

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm (approx)

Cost: Admission $15 – tickets at the door

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

Ray Essery and Brian Weir : Bush Poets

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 ‘The History of Bassett’s Romavilla Wineyars’ 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.

Roma History Lodge flyer - The History of Bassett's Romavilla Vineyards

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 from 5:00pm.

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

Classes running:
Legend Car Classic
Surfers Paradise Sedans
SSA Juniors
Super Stockers Memorial Race
SSA Production Sedans
Nostalgia Sedans
Wingless Sprints (sprint cars without wings)
Mirco Sprints

Get your backside track side for an epic weekend of racing with wingless sprints (sprint cars without wings) making their first trek to Roma! Don’t miss all the action from 5pm.

Canteen operating.  Eftpos available.

Roma Speedway at Easter in the Country

Sunset Tower & Tree Walk

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm daily

Cost: Pricing ranges from:
Adults $10
Concession $8
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $30
Child $7.50
Children under 5 yrs free.

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

Join us at The Big Rig for a new experience to take in the breathtaking beauty of the outback at The Big Rig in Roma, Queensland, with the Sunset Tower & Tree Walk. As the sun begins its descent, casting warm hues across the vast outback landscape, embark on an unforgettable journey that combines panoramic views from The Big Rig Tower with a tranquil stroll through the river red gums along the Tree Walk.

Good Friday Gospel Music Concert

Venue: Roma Cultural Centre, Bungil Street, Roma

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Cost: Free Entry

Featuring Local Artists:
Travis Hopes, Melody Carroll, Marx Cruzat and Damien Corkett.

Good Friday Gospel Music Concert flyer at Easter in the Country

The Big Rig Express Night Show

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma

Time: 6:30pm daily

Cost: Pricing ranges from:
Adults $10
Concession $8
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $30
Child $7.50
Children under 5 yrs free.

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

Immerse yourself in an exclusive 35-minute light and sound show beneath the stars at our open-air theatre.  Explore the dramatic events that unfolded in Roma, presenting a formidable challenge to the emerging Australian oil and gas industry.

Join us as we reveal the raw details and honour the resilience of Australia’s riggers, both from the past and the present.  Enjoy a complimentary Easter Egg while you watch the show!

MGA Xtreme Bulls Australia

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

Time: Gates open at 5:00pm for a 6pm start.  Concludes approx 10:00pm

Cost: Adults (12 years and over) $25 each
Children (11 years and Under) Free – no tickets required.  Buy your tickets HERE

*** This event is being livestreamed.  Subcribe 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 and up and coming Bull Riders taking on the Gill Bros Rodeo Company’s Xtreme Bulls!  Be sure to catch the action ringside and on the big screen replays.

With $10,000 in prize money on offer in the Open Bull Ride and $2,000 in the 2nd Div Bull ride – 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 –  one not to be missed!

Food vans on site.         

2024 Xtreme Bulls and Pro-Rodeo program  

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.