Only 350 kilometres north-west of Toowoomba, Roma Outback Queensland is 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.
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 is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Maranoa in Queensland, it is located approximately 432kms from the capital Brisbane and extends over an area of 78.028 square kilometres. Roma has a recorded population of 6848 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Standard Time zone Australia/Brisbane.
If you are planning a visit to Roma we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Roma and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.