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  • Day27

    Birds at Roma Bush Gardens

    September 19 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    What a fantastic spot! Roma has done itself proud. It looks like there will be more to be done yet. Great improvements since our last visit. Birds aplenty. We were only there for just over an hour. In that time we saw ….

    Willie Wagtail
    Australasian Darter
    Australasian Figbird
    Spotted Bowerbird
    Plum-headed Finch
    Double-barred Finch
    Fairy Martin
    Superb Fairy-wren
    Australasian Grebe
    Grey Teal
    Eurasian Coot
    Dusky Moorhen
    Brown Honeyeater
    Peregrine Falcon
    Australian Pelican
    Australian Reed-warbler
    Royal Spoonbill
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  • Day144

    Roma Bush Gardens

    September 19 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This was an amazing spot early in the morning. The first thing is the bird chatter and song. Then a one kilometre walk around, andthere are birds everywhere. From the majestic pelican to the tiniest fairy wrens in the shrubs. It is an great place to visit.

    More About Roma (From an information sign).

    Wicome to Romal The area surrounding Roma i traditionally home to the Mandantan Aboriginal people travelling throughout the region, the Mandandanji occupled an area of approximately 40,000 square kilometres. Following exploration to the region by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1846, the Mandandanji became known as the fish net people for their use of nets rather than spears for fishing. Today a wonderful exhibition of traditional tools (reated by the local Mandandanji people) is available for locals and visitors in appreciate at the Mandendanji Park on the easter entrance to town.

    Roma was settled following exploration to the region by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846 Making his way north along the Balonne River and then west along the Muckadilla Creek, Mitchell stood atop a solitary hill and glowingly reported "I beheld the finest country I had ever seen in a primeval state a champaign region spotted with wood, stretching as far as human vision ar even the telescope would reach.

    He named the hill Mount Abundance' (located between Roma and Mitchell and visible toward the south from the Warrego Highway near Muskadilla) and continued his journey west to the Maranoa River, just north of the present town of Mitchell. During the following year, Allan McPherson established Mount Abundance station, marking the beginning of a lang history of primary productions for the region.

    The town of Roma took its name from the wife of Queensland's first Governor, the Countess Diamantine Roma and was one of the first gazetted settlements following Queensland's separation, from New South Wales in 1859. Today, approximately 8,090 full time equivalent residents live in the township of Roma

    Roma can truly be regarded as being the cradle of Australia's Oil and Gas Industry. Like many western towns reliant on water in the late 19th century, Roma looked closely at the potential of underground water. In 1899, water was discovered at a bore sunk on Hospital Hill. In that year, a second bore spudded at the same site encountered natural gas. Today, Roma has strong links with natural gas production and is centrally located in an area of large reserves of petroleum gas and coal seam gas. The Big Rig Museum is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history of the industry, including the Oil Patch self guided tour and the Night Show.

    The local economy of Roma is based on the extraction of coal seam gas and its related industries, as well as agriculture (primarily beef production, with some sheep and broad acre farming), cypress milling and tourism. Australia's largest cattle selling centre is located at the Roma Saleyards with 300,000-400,000 cattle sold through the facility, annually. Visitors are welcome to attend sales every Tuesday and Thursday and even take i a tour with a local farmer.

    The town of Roma has a range of cafés, specialty shops, restaurants and accommodation options that we are sure you will enjoy. Volunteers and staff at the Roma Visitor Information Centre look forward to welcoming you to their community and making your stay a most

    enjoyable experience. Please relax, unwind and enjoy the country hospitality found in abundance in Roma.

    About the Maranoa

    Welcome to the Maranoa! With a stunning and diverse natural landscape, fascinating history and abundance of cultural experiences available, we are sure that you will love exploring and getting to know our region.

    Spanning a geographic area c 58,834.5 square kilometres (a little smaller than Tasmania), the Maranoa region takes in the towns of Roma (the central hub), Injune to the north, Mitchell to the west, Surat to the south, Wallumbilla and Yuleba to the east. the communities of Amby, Muckadilla and Mungallala (west of Roma) and Jackson at the region's eastern most gateway.

    The Maranoa is traditionally home to the Gunggari, Kooma, Bidjara, Mandandandji and Iman Aboriginal people. Today, the culture and traditions of the original people are proudly displayed throughout the region. Visitors are welcome to visit the Aboriginal Traditional Campsite in Surat, the Native Wells near Yuleba, Mandandanji Park in Roma, the Yumba in Mitchell and each of the inspiring National Parks to the north of Injune.

    European settlement to the Maranoa region commenced following exploration to the region by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846.

    Today, the Maranoa region is a dynamic and vibrant regional community, with a population of approximately 13,076 residents. The local economy is based upon coal seam gas extraction (and its related industries), agriculture, timber milling and tourism.

    The Maranoa offers visitors a diverse range of experiences from tranquil natural environments with superb sandstone formations, to interpretive displays which celebrate the culture and history of the region. The residents of the Maranoa are proud to call this region their home and are thrilled to welcome you into their community. Please take the time to explore the region. We are sure you will make memories that will last a lifetime.
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  • Day70

    Emerald, Yarrawonga Rd QLD

    January 17, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Colins Cattlefarm

    I had my own little house, were I was searching for a bathroom first.. Couldn't find one.. After asking Colin.. It wasn't that difficult to find it. It was just behind the house.

    Colin has got 6000 cattles, 100 horses, 12 dogs & three puppies & a few birds.
    The farm is giant !!! You can have a ride in the car for (I think) nearly 3 or 4 ours !!! Only on the property !!!
    The view is amazing ! There are the 'Black down Tablelands' & only a blue sky !
    Don't ask me for the degrees ! It was toooooo hot !!
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  • Day27

    Birds at Judds Lagoon

    September 19 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We first visited Judds Lagoon when it was very full. We have not seen it like that again. This time was a large puddle. I was surprised by the birdlife that was there considering that a small area of bushland nearby had been control burned as well.

    Red-winged Parrot
    Australian Wood-duck
    Blue-faced Honeyeater
    Grey-crowned Babbler
    Noisy Miner
    Australian Magpie
    Pied Butcherbird
    Dusky Moorhen
    Striated Pardalote
    Little Friarbird
    Black-fronted Dotterel
    Northern Mallard
    Great Egret
    Pale-headed Rosella
    Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
    Intermediate Egret
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  • Day2


    April 25 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    The township of Roma is 299 meters above sea level and 476 km by road from Brisbane, just over 1000kms from where the Queensland, South Australian and Northern Territory borders meet and has a population of just over 7000. Roma is on the northern end of the Murray Darling Basin.
    Roma is famous for its cattle with the biggest sale yards in the southern hemisphere. It is also famous for Queensland's biggest bottle tree, a relative to the boab tree of the far north Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
    Oil and gas exploration are part of the region , and of course , The Queenslander house and pub !
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    Trip One

    Stay safe and enjoy 😊

  • Day46

    The Big Nut & Bolt - Roma

    July 5, 1991 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Following Landsborouh highway then at Moven it turns into Warrego highway, from there another 2 hours and plenty of roadworks to Roma, the main town in the Western Downs region.

    The "Big Bolt & Nut" are not easy to spot, I knew roughly where they were using the address in Wikipedia and driving at 40kph. The big thing is located outside Banks bolt & fasteners, just inside their fence.Read more

  • Day47

    The Big Rig - Roma

    July 6, 1991 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    This is one of the most popular "Big Thing" and it is being looked after. It is an icon in Roma and is part of a Night Show where Oil & Gas exploration in the area from the early beginnings is explained. Unfortunately I was too tired after driving 7 hours from Barcaldine that I missed the show.

    The Big Rig is located adjacent the information centre close to the Eastern end of town, hard to be missed.
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  • Day1

    The Queens Arms 1

    September 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    A lovely pub and a great place to stay. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and at $40 a night, fantastic value.

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