Everything you need to know about Easter in the Country

Run out of places around the house to hide the Easter eggs for the kids? 

Let someone else do the heavy lifting for you this Easter long weekend and enjoy six days of family-friendly festival fun in Roma during the annual Easter in the Country.

Mark 1-5 April 2021 in your diary and start planning your escape to Roma with this guide.

What is Easter in the Country? 

Each year, the population of Roma doubles as thousands of people descend on the town of Roma for an entertainment line-up that spans from live music and cooking shows to drag racing and rodeo action.

With over 60 events and activities filling the program from Wednesday to Monday, Easter in the Country promises to keep you moving, grooving and cheering throughout the long weekend.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Easter without an appearance from a certain fluffy white rabbit and a chocolate egg hunt for the little ones.

How to get to Roma?

Choose to buckle-up for a road trip or touch down in Roma for your long weekend of Easter fun.

Located 477 kilometres from Brisbane CBD, cue a few Spotify playlists for the six-hour drive as you head west along the Warrego Highway.

If you prefer to spend more time in Roma than on the road, book a flight with Qantas to get there in less than one hour. With limited flights each day between Brisbane and Roma make sure you book early.

Learn more about travelling to Roma here.

Where to stay in Roma? 

Whether you prefer to pitch a tent or curl up in a queen-size bed after a long day of festival fun, Roma has you covered with campgrounds, farm stays and motel accommodation to choose from. 

Stick close to the festival action and nightly entertainment and book a camping spot at Bassett Showgrounds, which currently still has non-powered sites available.

You’ll also find over 10 motels in downtown Roma if you prefer your accommodation to have four walls.

This is the country, after all, so why not choose a farm stay to add daily animal feeds into your Easter itinerary.

If accommodation options in Roma book out while you’re still planning your itinerary, consider overnighting in one of the nearby towns in the Roma region, such as Surat, Yuleba, Wallumbilla, Mitchell or Injune.

What are Easter in the Country must-dos?

With up to 17 events and activities each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday alone, it pays to plan ahead to ensure you tick everything off your Easter wish list.

If you’re arriving on Monday, head to the Roma Saleyards first thing Tuesday morning to tour the largest cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere or join a Boobook Explore Roma half day tour to get local insights. You could then spend the rest of your day ticking off some of Roma’s iconic attractions, from The Up the Creek Garage to the Oil Patch Tour and Big Rig Night Show.

The festival action revs up on Friday, with the start of the three-day Ironbark Raceway Drag Racing tournament and Xtreme Bulls Australia – Roma’s fourth Xtreme Bulls event.

Stay close to Roma’s town centre on Saturday to catch the Watpac Street Parade and live music on The Big Stage. Sunday packs a punch for families with the Family Fun Sunday at Bassett Park, with the popular wife-carrying races and five-kilometre Senex ColourXPlosion fun run.

Make sure you book your tickets to Sunday’s XXXX Po-Rodeo and Country Music Concert Extravaganza at Bassett Park to see Lee Kernaghan and The Wolfe Brothers rock it out on stage.

Best things to do with kids?

You won’t hear ‘I’m bored’ or ‘let’s go home’ from the kids during Easter in the Country.

From Friday’s Monster Easter Egg Hunt to Sunday’s billy cart races and spoon and sack races, there’s plenty to keep the kids moving to run off the sugar high. 

Miniature train rides at the Big Rig Parklands will be operating each day too, perfect for when you need to slow down the pace with the kids.

What else is there to do?

While the Easter in the Country program can easily keep you busy from sunrise to sunset, try to pencil in some time to explore Roma’s local attractions too.

Get up close to the nine-metre-wide Bottle Tree or learn about the locals who served during the First World War as you stroll the Avenue of Heroes. We’ve got you covered with eight things to do in Roma’s town centre here.

If you can tear yourself away from all the action happening within the 4455 postcode, plan a day trip to explore one of the surrounding towns. DIY or book a day tour with BooBook Ecotours to explore nearby Carnarvon Gorge.

Get to know more about the Roma region with this post.

Have you attended Easter in the Country before? What’s your top tip for this popular event?

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