Renowned as the Home of the Roma Cup, Roma is located in south-west Queensland approximately 5.5 hours west of the state’s capital, Brisbane. With a population of 8000 residents, double that number of regional roos and every one of us with a sense of humour and more than a little irreverance. The largest store cattle sale centre in the southern Hemisphere means that the Bush is still at the centre of our culture and economy. And our hearts.
Getting to Roma
Half the fun of the weekend at the Cup or the Picnics is getting to Roma. With planes, trains and automobiles departing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and other regions frequently – travel to Roma is easy.
If you are traveling by car from Brisbane be sure to take in the scenic surrounds of rich farmland as you pass through the Darling Downs and across the Great Dividing Range. We even have Maccas and Subway here (totally civilized) and a choice of coffee stations. We are still quaintly countrified so if you get here after midday on Saturday, nothing much is open except for the pubs and coffee shops. Enjoy the break from the consumer targeted retail barrage and save up for the hectic social whirl of a raceday.
The road to Roma is approximately 5.5 hours west of Brisbane and will take you over the Great Dividing Range onto the Western Downs and through the small farming communities that dot the track to Roma. There are plenty of pit stop towns, and waterholes to unwrap the packed lunch and thermos or pick up a latte (coffee art limited, but we can generally manage something that looks like a tree)
Getting to Roma with Bus is as easy as booking an online ticket with Greyhound or Bus Queensland. It takes a bit longer, but the scenery is nice and you can’t see the roadkill from the third row back.
QantasLink provides flights from Brisbane to Roma. Approximately 1 hour flight. Extra flights are scheduled for the Roma Cup weekend.
Phone 13 13 13 or visit www.qantas.com for more information.
Once you arrive in Roma whether it be by plane, train or automobile your transport needs are taken care of. Complimentary buses travel from all hotels and motels to the race course and back again, run throughout the duration of the day and night.
We do have a taxi service, and walking is encouraged, as we aim to reduce our carbon footprint and offset all that bovine/equine methane -we only have one hill in town and its nowhere near the track.
While you’re here
Races, of course. Pub life is rich and occasionally charming. Characters and Yarns are plentiful, the cattle are fat, the Akubras are brown (unless you stumble into Injune where they are only black) . The town centre has some unusual shopping experiences (don’t miss Ace Drapers where it is guaranteed you can find what you are looking for, no matter how bizarre) and the air is clean, full of unfiltrated oxygen and the sweet smell of the bush.
Carnarvon Gorge is a 2.5 hour trip north and spectacular. Bring a fishing rod and catch some yellow-belly in Surat, 45 minutes south, or soak in the artesian spa at Mitchell where the mighty Maranoa is a river worth swimming in (one hour west).
The Milky Way is our ceiling after dark here and the streets are safe and peopled with locals who may be a little eccentric but mostly harmless.