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Roma’s Easter in the Country | A Celebration You Won’t Want To Miss!

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Easter in the Country! Roma has the perfect festival to help you celebrate one of the most beautiful times of the year in one of the most beautiful spots in Queensland. Will you be one of the lucky ones to attend this year?

This year’s event will take place 6 – 11 April 2023. 

Roma’s Easter in the Country

Recognised as one of Queensland’s premier Easter events, the festival offers a range of activities for the thrill-seeker, the cultural and culinary buff, those who like to take things a little more leisurely and country music lovers!  This special event celebrates everything unique that outback Queensland has to offer. 

Where is Roma?

Roma is approximately six hours drive west of Brisbane. If you’re travelling for the festival we would definitely recommend booking ahead into any number of excellent hotels and Air BnB’s in the area. Be quick though – they’ll fill up fast!

If camping’s your thing then you’re in luck – you can camp and caravan at the festival!

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What’s on at Roma’s Easter in the Country?

Prepare yourself for five days of fun events. Please note – some of these events are ticketed and will need to be paid for. See the full program here.

Easter in the Country Events 

There are many events on over the five days. Here are the highlights. Visit the website for the full programme. 

The Big Rig Tower & Tree Walk & Self-guided Tour of the Oil Patch

Learn about the trials and tribulations that our pioneers endured whilst trying to strike it rich with Roma oil, and how their lessons have led to a multi-billion industry today.

Immerse yourself in the pioneering stories, climb the magnificent 40m tower, meander along the tree walk through the ancient river red gums, stand beneath the rigs and gain an understanding of hope, ingenuity and mateship that shaped the Australian oil, gas and energy industry.

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma
Time: 9am to 4:30pm daily
Cost: Adults $20, Concession $18, Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $55, Child $15, Children under 5 yrs free. Bookings essential.  

The Big Rig Night Show Sunset Experience

Ignite your interest in sabotage, drama and intrigue through the eyes of a “Roma Rigger” guide, with a glass of Outback port and an original short history film under the stars in our outdoor theatre. 

The events that occurred in Roma threatened to destroy the Australian oil and gas industry before it even began, join us as we share the gritty details and salute Australia’s riggers, past and present.

Venue: The Big Rig, 2 Riggers Rd, Roma
Time: 5:30pm daily
Cost: Adults $20, Concession $18, Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) $55, Child $15, Children under 5 yrs free. Bookings essential.  

Discover Carnarvon Ranges – Tour by Boobook Explore

With local ecologically qualified and highly experienced tour guides, discover secluded gorges, amazing rock formations, unique Aboriginal rock art, Australian wildlife, rare plants and fabulous views. Learn about our pioneering history and see first-hand how nature and farming coexist in this rugged, yet beautiful landscape. With exclusive access to a large privately-owned cattle station nestled in the Carnarvon Ranges this day tour is a great introduction to the Queensland’s Outback and natural environments.

Pick Up Points: Roma Accommodation/Motels where nominated when booking.
Date and Time: Thurs 6 April, 6.45am for 7.00am departure to approx 6pm
Cost: Bookings Required.  Prices: Adult $295, Child $255 (8-14 yrs), Family $845 (2 Adults & 2 children), Senior $280

Roma Saleyards Tour

Roma Saleyards are the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere, seeing over 350,000 cattle a year. Selling occurs every Tuesday morning, and are an incredible sight to see! Tours are available on sale days free of charge.  Please note that there is no cattle sale on Easter Thursday however tours will still be held.

Venue: Bull Ring area, Roma Saleyards, Warrego Highway
Cost: Free – No bookings required
Time: No bookings are required, simply meet at the Bull Ring area at 8.15am for an 8.30am tour kick off.

Maranoa Monster Fishing Competition

See more of the Maranoa and come along and take part in the Maranoa Monster Fishing Competition.  

This competition is hosted by the Mitchell Fishing and Restocking Group at the Neil Turner Weir.

Neil Turner Weir is a small weir located on the northern side of the Mitchell township.  The weir holds back the waters of the Maranoa River. To the west on the banks of the river, is a fishing spot known as Fisherman’s Rest.  The weir was built in 1984 and is made of concrete and filled with sand.  

BBQ as well as fish and chips will be available throughout the day with an ice-cream van for refreshments.

Raffles will also be run on the day.  It should be a great day to enjoy the country atmosphere and the friendliness of the local community.

Prizes will be presented for each of the following categories:  Male, Female and Junior Boy and Junior Girl – so bring the whole family for a day out fishing.

Venue: Neil Turner Weir – Mitchell
Date and Time: Fri 7 April, Commences at 7am.  Presentations to be held at 4:30pm.
Cost: Nomination fees – $10 per individual and per family for members.  $10 per person for non-members per individual.

An Eggcellent Afternoon with Bluey and the Easter Bunny

Enjoy an afternoon of children’s entertainment and fun for the young at heart.

2:00pm – Join in the fun of the games – egg and spoon races, sack races and three legged races. These will be in ages groups and on the terrace adjacent to the Miniature Train at the Big Rig Parklands.

3:00pm – CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT – Bluey and Bingo Live Interactive Experience at Easter in the Country!  Bluey and Bingo return to Roma’s Easter in the Country!  Come down, welcome them back and see Bluey and Bingo.  

Venue: Big Rig Parklands, Riggers Rd, Roma
Cost: Free
Date and Time: Fri 7 April, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

NRG Xtreme Bulls Australia

The Original Xtreme Sport is back this year with NRG presenting Xtreme Bulls Roma!!

Xtreme Bulls are pleased to be heading back to Roma’s Easter in the Country weekend for another stop of the Xtreme Bulls Australia Tour.

This will be Roma’s fifth Xtreme Bulls event and one not to miss out on. Featuring Australia’s elite Bull Riders taking on the Gill Bros Rodeo Company’s Xtreme Bulls.  Be sure to catch the action at this event and the big screen replays.

With increased prize money to $8000 winner takes all – not a bad wager for a 10 second ride…

The event is a classic, so sit back and relax at the alcohol free family night.

Venue: Bassett Park – Roma Showgrounds Northern Road, Roma.
Date and Time: Fri 7 April, 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Cost: Adults (12 years and over) $20 each Children (11 years and Under) Free – no tickets required.  

Country Markets

Showcasing a fantastic array of arts, crafts, wares, food and drinks at the Country Markets in Arthur and Wyndham Streets. Customers are sure to find something to take home. Heaps of market stalls to wander through and of course there will be bargains to be found.

Venue: McDowall Street, Roma
Time: Sat 8 and Sun 9 April, 7.00am to 2:00pm
Cost: Free entry

XXXX Easter Races

Meet friends to enjoy an afternoon of racing with a five race program.

Venue: Showgrounds – Bassett Park, Northern Road Roma
Date and Time:  Sat 8 April, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Cost: Free Entry

APLNG/Origin Country Music Concert Extravaganza

2023 will see Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey in concert at Roma’s Easter in the Country.  Don’t miss these country music legends supported by up-and-coming star Josh Setterfield.   

Venue: Bassett Park, Northern Road, Roma
Date and Time: Sun 9 April, 8.30pm till late
Cost concert: Adult: $60, Child: $40.00 (12-17 years), Children (Under 12 years) FREE, Family Ticket – 2 Adults & 2 Children (12-17 years) $200
Cost rodeo & concert: Adult: $90.00, Child: $65.00 (13-17 years), Child (Under 12 years) FREE, Family Ticket – 2 Adults & 2 Children (13-17 years) $310

More Family Fun on at Roma’s Easter in the Country

  • Camel rides
  • Helicopter flights
  • Miniature train rides
  • Roma Butter Factory tour
  • Morelands Bush Nursery 
  • Deadly Way Cultural Show
  • Gin tasting
  • Dance Like An Animal
  • Easter Art Show

And so much more! 

How much are tickets to Roma’s Easter in the Country?

You can find all the information about tickets to Easter in the Country at this link. Tickets are already well and truly on sale so don’t miss out! 

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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