If you’re looking for an authentic experience of an Australian country town, then the town of Roma, situated in the heart of Western Queensland is a fascinating destination. Located five hours drive west of Brisbane, this small heritage town has been an important centre for the country’s oil and gas industry. One of the must see attractions in the town is The Big Rig, a memorial to the town’s industry, featuring self guided walks and a stunning light and sound show at night. Around the Big Rig, you can take a ride on the Roma Express, a miniature train that was originally designed to carry large heavy loads. The town is also home to Australia’s largest cattle centre at the Roma Saleyards, which gives visitors the exciting opportunity to see real live cattle sales in action. As a testament to its colourful history, there are many buildings around the town that have important historic significance. You can discover them by following the local Heritage Trail, which highlights some of the town’s fascinating features, including St Paul’s Anglican Church and the School of Arts. The town’s first settlement at the Mt Abundance Homestead also offers an insight into the town’s origins and can be explored by taking a walking tour. Local heritage buildings each offer their own unique stories, such as the historic Lenroy Slab Hut that was built entirely by hand from timber in 1893, and the Courthouse, the site of an infamous cattle rustler trial. Roma is a fascinating place to become absorbed in Queensland history and legend. If you want to immerse yourself in the living history of one of Queensland’s most important economies and enjoy a unique outback experience, there’s no better place to visit.
Roma’s humid climate means that temperatures are generally warm throughout the year, with the hottest temperatures rising to 30 degrees Celsius in the summer months. If you want to visit during the summer period then book a trip here in December or January.
Temperatures in the area can drop below freezing in the winter months, so if you don’t mind cooler weather, this is likely to be a more economical time to visit.