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 and around 2000 FIFO workers (hello Oil and Gas industry) every week, we are abuzz with hi-vis shirts, bustling 4WDs and the odd Akubra. The largest store cattle sale centre in the southern Hemisphere means that the Bush is still at the centre of our culture and economy.
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 and same goes for Sunday. Enjoy the peace after 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.
Getting to Roma with Bus Queensland is as easy as booking an online ticket at www.busqld.com.au or alternatively calling 1300 287 537 and chatting to one of our friendly staff. Bus Queensland is the Queensland Government contract holder for long distance coach services in Queensland. Our new coaches offer passenger comfort and convenience – sit back, relax and focus on your destination!
Our long distance services run through Roma daily at 10:55am, 3:30pm, 11:45pm and 1:55am. You can get to Roma from Brisbane or Toowoomba, Mt Isa or Longreach and multiple towns in between.
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. Complementary buses traveling 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, (its not a limo but anywhere in Roma is only a 5 minute trip so save the champagne til you get to the track) and walking is encouraged as we aim to reduce our carbon footprint and offset all that bovine methane -we have one hill in town and its nowhere near the track.
While you’re here
Can’t beat a beer and a Chicken Parmi in a local country pub – we have a few of them in town, all with their own charm and occasional character. The town centre has some unusual shopping experiences (dont miss Ace Drapers where it is guaranteed you can find what you are looking for, really)
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 (one hour west). Or chill in Roma (well, you will have to find air con during those 40C + days), but you can see the stars here and the streets are safe and peopled with locals who may be a little eccentric but mostly harmless.