Roma outback

You’re sure to get a friendly welcome when you visit this fascinating town. Roma, in the heart of cattle and sheep grazing country, is a place that’s relaxing and bustling all at once. There’s plenty of history from the first discovery of oil and gas in Australia, to the famous trial of Harry Redford. Come along to this patch of Outback Queensland and discover a place like no other.

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Places to stay

Roma is the main service centre in the Maranoa region offering a variety of accommodation options whether you’re travelling for work, to attend the Roma Cup Races or a rodeo. Located in town, take your pick from the Central Motel, Best Western hotel or the Explorers Inn function centre. Other places to stay that are ideal for groups and are family-friendly include the Villa Holiday Park, a unique farm stay or the option of a caravan park.

Head further afield to the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge National Park. Boobook Tours can take you to the park from Roma, or stay at Takarakka Bush Resort on Carnarvon Creek while you explore walking trails, Aboriginal rock art, towering sandstone cliffs and dinosaur plants. 

Things to do

Home to the biggest cattle sale yards in Australia, you’re sure to get a taste of outback life in Roma, located just half-a-day's drive (476kms), or one hour's flight, west of Brisbane. There’s a range of outdoor activities to do during your stay - join an authentic tour of the biggest cattle saleyards in the southern hemisphere, wrap your arms around Queensland’s biggest bottle tree and learn about the discovery of oil and gas in Australia at The Big Rig.

Throughout the region there is truly spectacular ancient landscapes and unique flora and fauna. There are eight established tourist drives, perfect for the 4WD enthusiast looking to get off the beaten track, plus fully guided eco tours are available. Carnarvon Gorge National Park offers towering white cliffs, huge rock overhangs adorned with ochre stencils and engravings from an ancient and ongoing culture, along with an array of well-established walking trails.

Learn about the history of Roma through museums and attractions, or hit the road and explore the incredible walks and sandstone cliffs of Carnarvon National Park. All this and more is waiting for you to discover.

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Getting around

From the airport

Roma Airport is located approximately seven kilometres from the town centre off the Carnarvon Highway. Rental car companies operate in the terminal and taxi services are also available.

From Brisbane airport

QantasLink flights between Brisbane and Roma are operated in partnership with the Queensland Government.

Around town

Bus Queensland operates services between Roma and other Outback Queensland cities.

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