NEARBY ATTRACTIONS


Roma is the largest town in the Maranoa Region of Outback Queensland and offers an array of conveniences with friendly country hospitality.  There is an abundance of dining options throughout the town including fine dining restaurants, niche cafes, contemporary pubs and alfresco dining.  Roma is in the heart of beef country so be sure to tray a mouth watering grass fed steak while in town.

Be sure to support regional Australia and purchase your momento from visiting the region browse the beautiful local specialist shops, including the abundant craft supplies store and local Roma on Bungil Art Gallery.

Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park 

An oasis of birdlife, unique plant species and freshwater creeks, the Carnarvon Gorge is a sparkling gem amongst the dusty heart of Central Queensland.  Climb over boulders, marvel at the colours of sandstone cliffs, walk through quiet eucalypt and cabbage palm forests.

There are several trails of various difficulties to help you explore this special place which is home to over 170 bird species.

Roma Farmers and Artisans Market

Each 3rd Saturday of the month is the Roma Farmers & Artisans Market at the Big Rig Parklands 8.00am and 12.30pm. On offer is locally grown produce, handmade products and much much more, so bring your own bags or basket and discover what the wonderful community of Roma has to offer.

Roma Turf Club

Experience the thrill of bush racing at one of outback Queensland’s best turf clubs.  The Roma Turf Club boasts great horse racing, entertainment and a lively atmosphere with, several bush racing meets and three major race meets  each year – the Roma Cup, Easter in the Country and the Rugby Race Day.

Heroes Avenue 

A memorial avenue of 138 bottle trees extend from the Railway Station (the traditional rallying point for Anzac Day marches) to the Cenotaph in Bungil Street. Each tree is dedicated to a local soldier who fell in World War 1. A plaque at the base of each tree bears the name and details of the soldier to whom that tree is dedicated.

The Big Rig

Over a hundred years ago, on Roma’s Hospital Hill, a drilling crew was boring for water when, suddenly, the unexpected happened: ‘Strewth, it’s gas!’ exclaimed a surprised driller as gas, mud and water gushed out of the well. With this event, quite by accident, Australia’s oil and gas industry was born.

The Big Rig celebrates the unique history of Australia’s oil and gas industry, collecting together intriguing stories, photos, facts and objects, in a variety of fascinating multi-media exhibits. You can also experience this fascinating story of Roma’s oil and gas history, whilst relaxing under the outback skies at The Big Rig’s Night Show.

Roma Saleyards

Australia’s Largest Cattle Selling Centre, Roma’s Cattle Sales, are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The excitement of the sales is appealing to an increasing number of visitors with raised walkways providing visitors with an excellent vantage point.

Three Dimensional Clay Mural 

The 18 square metre Clay Mural has been brought to life and interpreted by means of an audio and moving light presentation, which interprets the 17 elements that make up the mural. The mural is located in the Cultural Centre. There are one hundred and seventy-five individual tiles that comprise the artwork.

Mount Moffatt Section – Carnarvon National Park

Situated on Queensland’s highest plateau, rugged ranges sweep down to sandstone cliffs, with open woodlands and sandy valleys below. Take a long, scenic four-wheel drive to the park’s features. Short walks to nature’s amazing sculptures at Lot’s Wife, Marlong Arch and The Chimneys; and to cultural heritage sites. View Aboriginal rock art from the boardwalks at The Tombs and Kookaburra Cave. Go birdwatching for honeyeaters, parrots and raptors by day, and spotlighting for feathertail gliders and sugar gliders at night.

Great Artesian Spa

The township of Mitchell have recognised the value of their own mineral water from the Great Artesian Basin and have created a unique experience – The Great Artesian Spa. One of the pools has naturally heated waters from the Great Artesian Basin which is maintained at a comfortable temperature designed to relax tired muscles, ease tension and revitalize both body and mind. The other pool is designed for those who prefer a cooler experience.

St Paul’s Anglican Church 

St Paul’s Anglican Church has a series of colourful stained glass and lead light windows dating back to 1876. Guided tours operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am during the tourist season or by appointment.

Roma Court House

Still a working court house today, the Roma Court House opened in 1901. This heritage listed building replaced the original 1873 structure which was opened for the trial of the infamous cattle duffer, Harry Redford (alias Captain Starlights) who had stolen 1,000 cattle and driven them to South Australia.

For more information on all that Roma and its surrounding neighbours have to offer visit the Roma & District Tourist Centre at 71 Arthur St, Roma. 

Telephone: (+61) 7 4622 1416 or visit the official Outback Queensland site https://www.outbackqueensland.com.au