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Only 350 kilometres north-west of Toowoomba, Roma is sometimes referred to as the 'gateway to the outback'. Home to the southern hemisphere's largest sale yards, visitors can get a feel for the outback by perching on a fence or taking a coveted possie on the viewing platform to watch the action at Roma Saleyards. Be sure to time your visit for a Tuesday or Thursday and you can witness the sale of up to 12,000 head of cattle in a single day.

To get a real feel for the town itself, take a walk along the heritage-listed Heroes' Avenue, which is planted with more than 100 bottle trees. Each tree is a memorial to a local soldier who lost their life in WW1. For a dose of history, head to the Mount Abundance Homestead, built in 1860, which is the site of the region's first settlement. The homestead has important links to early explorers Sir Thomas Mitchell and Ludwig Leichhardt.

Don't miss the Big Rig Oil and Gas Interpretative Centre and Night Show for an interactive insight into the hardships and heroic stories of oil drilling and exploration. Visit the 'Oil Patch' to get up close to impressive rigs and one of the first diesel powered rigs ever used in Australia. If you're a wine buff, the Romavilla Winery is the oldest winery in Queensland and is open from Monday to Saturday.

There's a varied calendar of events from Picnic Races, the Roma Cup and Easter in the Country to the multicultural Santos Food and Fire Festival and all the fun of the Roma Show.

Roma: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Avenue of Heroes


This heritage listed Heroes' Avenue features 140 bottle trees as a 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. Each Anzac Day, a wreath is placed on each tree. Although in many cases no remaining relatives of the fallen now live in Roma, a community group or citizen has taken the responsibility of placing these wreaths.




Corner Station and Wyndham Streets
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 0.2K from Roma

War Memorial and Heroes Avenue, Roma


The Heroes Avenue of 93 Queensland bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestre) creates a uniquely outback boulevard, remembering the men of Roma who died in WWI.

The first tree was planted in 1918 supposedly in honour of Lieutenant Corporal Norman Saunders who was killed in France in 1916. That tree, outside the Post Office, near the corner of McDowell and Wyndham streets, is locally known as the Tree of Knowledge.

The rest of the avenue, extending from the railway station into Wyndham Street and along Bungil Street to the intersection with Hawthorne Street, was planted by 1920.

Originally each tree bore a brass name plate. Only one survives and it has become part of a cairn outside the Post Office, displaying all 93 names.

A WWI Honour Board is located in the Roma-Bungil Cultural Centre in Bungil Street.

In 1938, Colonel Sir Donald Cameron unveiled a cenotaph in the town's Queen's Park the end of the avenue of bottle trees. It too honours the WWI fatalities. It has since added the names of 39 men who died in WWII.

Behind it stand nine pine trees, said to have been grown from seeds collected at Lone Pine, Gallipoli.




Wyndham Street
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 0.2K from Roma

Roma on Bungil Art Gallery and the Walk of Art


Be inspired by the exhibitions on display in the Roma on Bungil Gallery and the Walk of Art Gallery. Exhibitions vary with works from local and well renown travelling artists. See artisans at work in the various adjoining studios or just relax with a book in the adjacent modern library.




38 Hawthorne Street
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 0.3K from Roma

Roma Court House


The Roma Court House is an impressive building which was opened in 1901. This heritage listed building replaced the original structure which was opened in 1873 for the trail of the infamous cattle duffer, Harry Redford alias Captain Starlights who had stolen 1,000 cattle and driven them to South Australia.

The court house is still a working court house today.




Corner Queens and McDowall Streets
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 0.4K from Roma

Roma's Largest Bottle Tree


Roma's largest bottle tree, which has the incredible girth of 9.51 metres, a height of six metres and a crown of 20 metres, was transplanted by Roma Town Council to its present location from a local property in 1927. The tree was fairly well grown at the time of the transplant and quite possibly originated in the nineteenth century.

No trip to Roma is complete without a selfie with the Big Bottle Tree!




End of Edwardes Street
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 0.5K from Roma

Three Dimensional Mural


This striking mural containing 17 local elements is interpreted by means of an audio and moving light presentation, which gives a concise and interesting overview of the history, industry and culture of Roma and its district. The large 18 square metre clay mural was created by local artists, John and Maureen Morrison as a Bi-Centennial project.

Located in the Roma Cultural Centre.




Corner of Bungil and Quintin Streets
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 0.6K from Roma

Adungadoo Pathway


Following the peaceful waters of Bungil Creek, this 1.7 kilometre shared concrete paved pathway is ideal for walkers, joggers and cyclists. Ancient river gums are a beautiful feature of the walk, whist the watercourse is a must for any birdwatchers. Adungadoo which was the name given to Bungil Creek by the Mandandanji tribe, is further enhanced by interpretative signs, graceful rest shelters and a striking "meeting place" area. There are also opportunities to leave the walkway and return via the Central Business District or the largest Bottle Tree, to the Big Rig Parklands.




Bungil Street
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 0.6K from Roma

Roma Bush Gardens


Encompassing the picturesque Railway Dam, this leisurely walk is a must for enthusiast of the Australian bush. The 14 hectare gardens showcase eleven vegetation communities local to the Roma region, including Brigalow, Coolibah and Mulga. The walk offers a great variety of different vistas of the dam, which is also regarded as a first-rate place for bird-watching.




Corner of Duke and Mayne Streets
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 0.9K from Roma

Lenroy Slab Hut


Lenroy Slab Hut was built from rough hewn cypress pine in 1893. It was later moved to this site where it served as the Visitor Information Centre until the present one was built. It gives a reminder of the reality of bush life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The hut now has a galvanised iron roof which replaced the original Box tree bark just a year after it was built, according to an inscription on the ceiling.




Riggers Road
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 0.9K from Roma

Roma: Travel Tips

Roma Visitor Information Centre


The Roma Visitor Information Centre is located on 2 Riggers Road in Roma.

This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Roma Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do and where to eat. Discuss with the friendly staff your travel plans or make a booking.




2 Riggers Road
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 1.0K from Roma

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