4-Day Family Outback Explorer

In Southwest Queensland, the town of Roma – known as the gateway to the Outback – stands as a testament to the timeless allure of Australian landscapes and the enduring spirit of a country community. Away from the bustling city, immerse yourself in the ‘Outback meets Country’ experience of Roma that offers a unique blend of adventure, history, culture and cherished family moments.

A four-day, self-drive, family-friendly Outback explorer adventure through Roma, QLD. What’s in store…

  • Flexible self-drive itinerary
  • Four days and three nights in Roma
  • All main meals
  • Family-friendly activities
  • Low-cost and no-cost options
  • Family memories ready to be unlocked!

Day 1 – Saturday


Rise and shine at Roma Central Motel, refreshed and well rested for the adventure ahead. Indulge in a hearty breakfast at Moorelands Bush Nursery of their legendary egg and bacon Turkish rolls and homemade sweet treats, while surrounded by lush greenery and more types of plant than you can count! After fuelling up for the day’s activities, explore the charming surroundings of Mooreland’s while soaking in the tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty.


Discover the charm of the Australian bush with a leisurely walk through the Roma Bush Gardens. Spanning 14 hectares, the gardens proudly display native flora like Brigalow, Coolibah and Mulga. As you meander along the path, spot different bird species in their natural habitat and immerse yourself in the serene landscape.


Head to the modern Royal on Ninety-Nine for a delicious lunch and find a mouthwatering menu of seasonal dishes and pub classics with a modern twist. Let the kids burn off some energy in the Kids Club, a dedicated children’s activity room, while the adults sit back and sip some of Roma’s coldest beer and tasty cocktails.


In the afternoon, explore the unique collection at Up the Creek Garage Museum. This hidden gem is a must-visit for those in the family with a passion for cars – from flashy Mustangs to rusty vintage relics. Plus, get up close and personal with Tex and Jack, two gentle giant Texas Longhorn bulls.

Happy hour is nearing… head over to Western Queensland Spirit, the region’s first hand-crafted artisan distillery. Enjoy some grazing boxes, gin tasting paddles and live music while the kids try their hand at lawn games.

After the sun sets, delight your taste buds with the Overlander Homestead Carriages Restaurant’s weekend special: every week, a different cuisine features on the menu. From there, it’s back to Roma Central Motel to rest and recharge.

Western Queensland Spirit

Day 2 – Sunday


Another sunny morning in Roma! After a good night’s sleep, the family is refreshed and ready for another day of exploring where the country meets the outback. Off to Beck’s Chopping Board for breakfast, known for their tasty, affordable, and satisfying meals. The eggs benedict is highly recommended!

From there, embark on a leisurely stroll or bike ride through Roma’s picturesque parklands. Follow the Adungadoo Pathway, stopping to admire Roma’s Largest Bottle Tree and the Avenue of Heroes, honouring the fallen soldiers of World War I. Along the way, be sure to check out the magnificent stained-glass windows of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. On the return trip back, let the kids enjoy a ride on the miniature train loop through the park.


Relish a traditional ‘pub grub’ lunch at the Mucka Pub, or the ‘Bup’ as it is affectionately known following a cheeky prank the builder played by swapping the letters around on the sign. The Mucka Pub is famed for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for taking the kids for a feed.


It’s time for an afternoon swim at Mitchell’s Great Artesian Spa. The adults will welcome the opportunity to relax and let the healing mineral water work its magic after the walking, bike riding and exploring. The kids will enjoy frolicking in the pool, and a scoop of ice-cream from the café wouldn’t go astray…


End the day with a delicious dinner at the Club Hotel, a popular dining spot for locals with a diverse menu and welcoming ambiance. Reminisce on the day’s adventures with a coldie and start planning tomorrow’s excursions.

St Paul’s Anglican Church

Day 3 – Monday


The Great Artesian Spa waters did wonders, and you’re ready for another day. The Tasting Co. is your destination for breakfast and a large cup of coffee to energise you for the day.

Back to the Roma Central Motel to meet your Boobook Explore eco-guide for a day trip to Wallaroo Station. Here, you’ll encounter Aboriginal artefacts and rock art while delving into the natural and cultural significance of the region. Boobook Explore will also provide a delightful morning tea and lunch to keep you fuelled.


As the day winds down, get ready to see the breathtaking sunset from the top of the Big Rig Tower, and be captivated by a short history film with the Big Rig Night Show Sunset Experience. Join your Roma Rigger guide as they share the gritty details and salute Australia’s riggers, past and present.


A well-earned dinner at the Roma Explorers Inn is awaiting you. Wind down with a nourishing meal and hit the hay before your last day in Roma.

Boobook Explore

Day 4 – Tuesday


Your last morning in Roma! Pack the bags up and grab a convenient takeaway coffee and breakfast from Bakearoma. Rumour has it that the apple turnovers are the best treat there!


Head out for a tour at the Roma Saleyards, making sure to arrive by 8:15 to not miss the action. Experience the fast-paced action of the buying and selling of cattle in the largest saleyard facility in the southern hemisphere. Explore the Val Harms Interpretive Centre and learn about which breeds of cattle work best for certain environments. Marvel at the craft of an auctioneer (and you may realise your child has a promising career as an auctioneer based on how fast they can talk).

Then, a wander through the Sculptures Out Back exhibition, remembering that it’s only available from June to September. Be forewarned: the more crafty members of the family might come away with a few garden sculptures ideas themselves!


Lunch today is at the Queens Arms Hotel, a traditional Queensland pub with Outback charm. Tuck into their speciality meal, a 28-day dry-aged steak, with mash and greens.


Explore the LifeFlight Visitor Experience Centre, to learn more about their mission to provide Queensland with emergency medical care 24/7. Plus, put yourself in their shoes (quite literally) with an interactive augmented simulation where you are thrusted into search and rescue missions!

After that, it’s time to say your farewells to Roma and continue your outback adventure to your next destination Charleville. With three hours travel time on your hands, be sure to update your socials with pictures from Roma.

Roma Saleyards

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