About Roma

 Roma & Surrounds

Population: 8090
​Average Maximum Temperature: 34.2°C
Average Minimum Temperature: 3.7°C
Did you know?: Roma took its name from the wife of Queensland’s first Governor, the Countess Diamantina Roma and was one of the first gazetted settlements following Queensland’s separation from New South Wales in 1859.

The bustling centre of the Maranoa offers every modern convenience without losing its country charm. With a diverse economy, excellent infrastructure and a relaxed country lifestyle, Roma is the envy of many major regional centres.

Rich in agricultural prosperity, the town is home to Australia’s largest cattle-selling centre and visitors are welcome to experience the Saleyards first-hand by attending a free guided tour with a local. Mix and mingle with graziers and stock agents while soaking up the sights and sounds of a sale.

Australia’s Oil and Gas industry was born in Roma, an area well known for its natural gas assets. Explore the Big Rig to discover the hardships and heroic stories of the oil drilling and exploration. A visit to the Oil Patch enables visitors to get up close to the impressive rigs that played a crucial role in the industry, interpretative displays, historical machinery including the last steam driven oil rig and one of the first diesel powered rigs used in Australia. The Big Rig’s spectacular night show is a must see for all visitors to Roma. Visitors are invited to come along and experience an entertaining outdoor light and sound presentation, delving into the history of local 20th century oil and gas exploration.

While exploring Roma take the time to wander through the heritage listed Avenue of Heroes which features 140 bottle trees. Each tree is dedicated to a local soldier who lost their life in the First World War. Visitors are also encouraged to wander back in time along Roma’s Historic Walk and immerse themselves in the beginnings of this important western Queensland town from the 1860s.

Hodgson & Muckadilla

Growing satellite suburb Hodgson is a short 18.5 km drive west of Roma and boasts a strong agriculture sector.
Muckadilla is situated 40km west of Roma on the Warrego Hwy.
In 1889, the Queensland Government put down a test bore at Muckadilla. The supply was comparatively small but it was discovered that the water contained healing powers and tourists flocked to the town looking for a cure. The bore now provides the township's water supply. The Whistle Stop Museum is located in the park at Muckadilla. It provides information and refreshments to visitors and sells local arts and crafts. The building was the original railway station and has been relocated to this site. Public toilets and picnic tables are adjacent to the Whistle Stop.
The district of Muckadilla hosts the Annual May Day Shoot of the Western District Rifle Association.