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What are the top experiences for visitors to Roma?
Roma’s Largest Bottle Tree
Standing at more than six metres tall, Roma’s largest bottle tree is one of the town’s top attractions. Moved from a local property to its current location in 1927, the tree’s girth now measures upwards of nine metres and it continues to grow at a rate of approximately one centimetre per year. This tree species is commonly found across the Maranoa region and Roma’s impressive specimen is a must-see after arriving on your cheap flights to Roma.
Roma’s Historic Walk
For an introduction to the town's heritage and the people instrumental to its development, Roma’s Historic Walk is a great starting point. Winding through the Outback town, the walk features 25 fascinating places of interest, including historic hotels, places of worship, and several popular local attractions. The walk covers two kilometres in total and is great for getting your bearings after your flights to Roma. Set aside a couple of hours for the walk, with the total time varying based on how much time you choose to spend at each point of interest.
The Big Rig and The Oil Patch Outdoor Museum
In the decades that have followed the initial discovery of natural gas in the area, the oil and gas industries have remained important to the people of Roma. Recognising this significance, The Big and The Oil Patch Outdoor Museum was established to educate visitors about the processes used to extract the natural resources and the machinery used to do so. Visiting the outdoor museum following your flights to Roma, you’ll find an assortment of machinery on show, as well as plenty of opportunities to learn more about the history of the industries in Queensland. Set out on a guided tour led by the museum’s knowledgeable staff or take your time and explore at your own pace on a self-guided tour.
What are the top tips for first-time travellers to Roma?
Roma is a relatively small town with a population of less than 7,000 residents. So, shopping options in Roma are quite limited when compared to other major centres in Queensland. While you may not see many big name retailers in town, it’s the perfect opportunity to support locally-owned businesses after you arrive on your cheap flights to Roma.
Located 350 kilometres northwest of Toowoomba, Roma is a great starting point for a roadtrip through Outback Queensland. Hire a car before you arrive on your flights to Roma and discover a host of great regional towns, from Charleville in the west to Longreach, the home of Qantas and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
If your return flights to Roma coincide with one of the town’s popular annual events, such as the Roma Picnic Races, the Easter in the Country Festival or the Roma Show, be sure to book your accommodation well ahead of time. As a small town, Roma’s accommodation options are limited so book out quickly.
What are Roma’s major events and festivals?
Roma Picnic Races
Held annually since 1901, Roma’s Picnic Races are one of the town’s most popular events. Taking place across a Friday and Saturday each year, the horse racing event kicks off with an evening of dinner, drinks and dancing at a black tie ball. The following morning, the gates of Bassett Park open and spectators take their place for a day of horse racing, fashions on the field and live entertainment. Book your flights to Roma to arrive in time for the races for a fun weekend in the town.
Easter in the Country Festival
A five-day celebration held around Easter each year, Roma’s Easter in the Country Festival offers a great introduction to both Roma and life in Queensland’s Outback. Celebrating the region and all things country, the festival not only features a great lineup of live music and family-friendly events, but you’ll also find a selection of markets, art and craft showcases, and more, held throughout the town. If your cheap flights to Roma happen to land when the festival is on, be sure to join one of the many tours led around the town to learn more about its history and important local industries.
The largest event of its kind held in the Maranoa region, the annual Roma Show showcases the importance of agriculture and primary industries to the area. First held in 1873, the Roma Show features all the classic events found at Australian country shows, from baking competitions and handicraft displays, to art and horticulture contests. With a great lineup of live entertainment, a ute muster and a classic showgirl competition rounding out the show's event programme, booking your flights to Roma to coincide with the Roma Show, held on the second weekend of May, is a great opportunity to enjoy a taste of life in rural Queensland.