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Only 350 kilometress 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

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

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

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 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: Events

Roma's Easter in the Country Festival


Roma's Easter in the Country festival is a five-day celebration of all things country. Now entering its 40th year, it is widely recognised as one of southwest Queensland's premier Easter events, and brilliantly showcases the history and lifestyle of regional Queensland.

The festival offers a range of activities for the thrill-seeker, the cultural buff, and for those that like to take things a little more leisurely.

The event gives an opportunity for the residents of Roma to invite their relatives and friends to spend a long weekend in the country to enjoy the atmosphere and friendliness that Roma and the Maranoa has to offer.


Event Dates
2017
      13th Apr
      14th Apr
      15th Apr
      16th Apr
      17th Apr


McDowall Street
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 1.1K from Roma

Food and Fire Festival


Food and Fire Festival celebrates the multicultural diversity of the Maranoa Region; the event includes farmers' markets, food stalls, roving performers, live entertainment, fireworks, animal rides, and much more.


Event Dates
2017
      9th Sep


Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 2.6K from Roma

The Roma Cup


The Roma Cup is western Queensland's largest and most glamorous race meeting.

Attracting around 10000 punters from around the state, accommodating them on site at Swag Central or in motels around town, the race meeting and the weekend festivities make it the best weekend that can be had in the bush. All within a half day drive from the south-east corner.

The weekend kicks off Friday evening with the Calcutta and Cocktail Party in town. Saturday race day starts around 11am and is an action-packed day of racing, fashion and socialising. Following the races, live music allows for an after-party that finishes in the wee hours of Sunday morning and a recovery breakfast at Bassett Park sends travellers on their way with a full stomach and some spectacular memories.


Event Dates
2016
      19th Nov


Northern Road,
Bassett Park
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 2.6K from Roma

Rugby Race Day


Where too much sport is never enough on a crisp winter's afternoon in the country, rugby, then racing, then more rugby.
Old boys, young boys and some just right fellas take to the field inside the racetrack and between the races (no horses are harmed in staging this event) to showcase western rugby prowess and have a punt in the bookies ring during half time.
Live music, live heating and lively patrons make for a cracker day in Roma at Bassett Park, home of the Roma Cup (where its very warm come November).


Event Dates
2017
      24th Jun


Northern Road
Roma, QLD, 4455

Located 2.7K 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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