Roma

Population 5983

Roma is in the Western Downs region and was named after the wife of Queensland's first governor. Roma boasts a few historic 'firsts' for Queensland and Australia. In 1863 Samuel Symons Bassett brought vine cuttings to Roma, and Queensland's first wine-making enterprise began – Romaville Winery is still running today. In the same year Captain Starlight faced trial in Roma for cattle stealing. Australia's first natural gas strike was at Hospital Hill in 1900. The excellent complex in town, The Big Rig, documents the oil and gas industry since this discovery.

Visitor Information

2 Riggers Rd;(07) 4622 8676

www.visitmaranoa.qld.gov.au

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  • Taroom

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In Town

The Big Rig This unique complex is set on an old oil derrick and features historic oil rigs and machinery displays. Photographs, memorabilia and multimedia displays provide a comprehensive history of oil and gas discovery and usage in Australia from 1900 to the present day. A highlight is the sound and light show on summer nights. Adjacent to the complex is a historic slab hut, recreational area and 1915 mini steam train that travels on a 1.4 km circuit. Open daily; 2 Riggers Rd; (07) 4622 4355.

Roma–Bungil Cultural Centre: large 3-D clay mural by a local artist depicting Roma's history; Cnr Bungil and Quintin sts; (07) 4622 1266.

Heroes Avenue: heritage-listed street of bottle trees commemorating local soldiers who died in WW I; Wyndham and Bungil sts.

Romavilla Winery: Queensland's oldest winery; open 8am–5pm Mon-Fri, 9am–12pm and 2–4pm Sat; 77–83 Northern Rd; (07) 4622 1822.

Nearby

Carnarvon National Park, gorge section The Carnarvon Creek winds through the steep-sided Carnarvon Gorge, flanked by white sandstone cliffs. There are over 21 km of walks through rainforest to waterfalls and caves, and incredible Aboriginal rock art can be found throughout the park – see rock engravings, stencils and paintings at Cathedral Cave and the Art Gallery. The turn-off to the park is 199 km N, on Carnarvon Developmental Rd; (07) 4984 4505. Mt Moffatt section: see Mitchell. Ka Ka Mundi section: see Springsure. Salvator Rosa section: see Tambo.

Roma Salesyard: largest inland cattle market in Australia with sales on Tues and Thurs; from 8am; 4 km E.

Meadowbank Museum: historic vehicle and machinery collection, and farm animals; by appt; (07) 4622 3836; 12 km W.

Surat: small town featuring the Cobb & Co. Changing Station Complex with museum, art gallery and aquarium. Try fishing for Murray cod on Balonne River; 78 km SE.

Campsites around town

Judd’s Lagoon camping area 62 km

Great for fishing, this quiet and tidy campsite is on Mongool Rd, 5 km south-east of Yuleba. There are few facilities on site, so bring drinking water and firewood. Yuleba is on the Warrego Hwy, 60 km east of Roma and 80... Find out more


Old Yuleba Town camping area 70 km

Suitable for self-sufficient stopover camping, there are no facilities at this site 13 km east of Yuleba. From the Warrego Hwy, go south onto Forestry Rd, then right onto Mongool Rd and right again after the fourth grid.... Find out more


Fishermans Park camping area 71 km

This basic campground with toilets and picnic tables is on the Carnarvon Hwy at the Balonne River, on the north side of the town of Surat. You need to bring firewood and drinking water. It's 78 km south of Roma and... Find out more


Cow Paddocks camping area (bush camping) 71 km

This site with no facilities is 2 km east of Surat on Sawmill Rd. Surat is on the Carnarvon Hwy, 78 km south of Roma and 116 km north of St George. Bring all necessary supplies.... Find out more


Bingi Crossing camping area (bush camping) 77 km

This site, suitable for self-sufficient campers (bring drinking water), is 45 km east of the town of Surat. Take the Surat–Tara Rd from the Carnarvon Hwy. Surat is 78 km south of Roma and 116 km north of St George.... Find out more


Green Timbers camping area (bush camping) 78 km

This site is for self-sufficient campers only, as there are no facilities. It is 18 km south of Surat off the Carnarvon Hwy, and is accessible in dry weather only. Surat is 78 km south of Roma and 116 km north of St... Find out more


Major Mitchell Caravan Park 80 km

This caravan park has a total of 67 sites, including 47 powered sites and 16 ensuite sites. On the Warrego Hwy in Mitchell, close to town, the park’s other on-site accommodation options include 3 cabins and 2... Find out more


Neil Turner Weir camping area 83 km

This camping area is on River St in Mitchell by the Maranoa River. If you’re a keen angler, check out Fishermans Rest. Mitchell is 90 km west of Roma and 180 km east of Charleville on the Warrego Hwy.... Find out more


Injune Caravan Park 83 km

This campground on Station St in Injune, about 90 km north of Roma, has laundry facilities, BBQs and other modern conveniences. Winter is the busiest period, so book ahead if you’re travelling at this time. The... Find out more


Fishermans Rest camping area 85 km

This riverside campground for self-sufficient campers is 4 km west of Mitchell, 500 m off the Warrego Hwy. Mitchell is on the Maranoa River, 90 km west of Roma and 180 km east of Charleville.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Villa Holiday Park 1 km

This well-maintained park about 2 km from the town centre is our choice of places to stay in Roma. A winery and shop adjoin the park, and there are large grassy areas, clean amenities and a selection of cabins. It gets... Find out more


Roma Big Rig Tourist Park 2 km

A clean modern park close to the Warrego Highway on the eastern approach to Roma, this is within walking distance of the Big Rig tourist attractions and just a few blocks from the centre of town. It becomes busy during... Find out more


Major Mitchell Caravan Park 80 km

Soak away your aches at the artesian spa pools or wander into the centre of town for some sightseeing, both just a short walk from this modern, popular park. Its greatest attraction, however, is that you pay for your... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Stay here in individual safari cabins spread throughout 9 hectares of bushland, with easy access to walking trails in Carnarvon National Park. The park has incredible rock formations and Aboriginal rock paintings. Cabins... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Muckadilla rest area 39 km

At Muckadilla

Adjacent to the highway. On the east side of town.


Wallumbilla park area 41 km

At Wallumbilla

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Amby camping area 59 km

At Amby

Adjacent to the highway. Behind the hotel in the middle of town.


Yuleba Creek rest area 61 km

79km W of Miles (R) or 60km E of Roma (L)

Just off the highway among a few large trees on the banks of the creek.


Barneys rest area 68 km

72km W of Miles (R) or 67km E of Roma (L)

Just off the highway among the trees behind the truck bay.


Neil Turner Weir camping area 83 km

T/O 2km W of Mitchell (R) or 87km E of Morven (L)

On a riverbank 2km north of the highway. 


Fishermans Rest camping area 85 km

T/O 5km W of Mitchell (R) or 84km E of Morven (L)

Small, shady, riverside camping area located 1km north of the highway. Large caravans/motorhomes should stay on the top level.


What's on around town

RSL Market: RSL Hall; 1st Sun each month, from early morning.

Easter in the Country: Easter.

Picnic Races: Mar.

Polocrosse Club Annual Carnival: Aug.

Roma Cup: Nov.

Christmas in the Park: Big Rig Parklands; Dec.

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