Australian Nature Guides is Carnarvon Gorge’s only locally owned tour guiding company. Since commencing their guiding service in 1999, they have introduced thousands of visitors to the natural and cultural wonders of this iconic National Park. Their experienced guides possess a wealth of knowledge on the Gorge’s plants, animals, landscapes and cultural heritage.
The Big Rig is hard to miss as you roll into Roma, the cradle of Australia’s oil and gas industry. It was after all, the first place in Australia where oil and gas was discovered back in October 1900.
Based in Roma, Queensland BOOBOOK Ecotours has over thirty years’ ecology and farming experience. Our local guides are regarded as natural history authorities of the Carnarvon Ranges, Brigalow Belt, Central Queensland Sandstone Belt and surrounding regions.
A visit Surat’s Cobb & Co Changing Station Museum offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of yesteryear. This Changing Station was the original site of the Cobb & Co Store and drop off point for coach passengers and goods.
Feel the energy and excitement of a real cattle auction at Australia’s biggest cattle selling facility. This is where it all happens. On any given day up to 7,000 head of cattle are brought for sale. Cattle are purchased on the ground in Roma and taken throughout the state and as far south as Victoria.
Experience truly authentic country hospitality at Mount Hope, a 34,000 acre working cattle station. On a personalised station tour you’ll learn about their Droughtmaster cattle breeding program and their role in coal seam gas production.
Share a few hours with a local guide from Boobook Ecotours for an insight into the colourful history and characters of Roma. Hear how the town began and the industries it supports. Discover Avenue of Heroes, the Biggest Bottle Tree and the Roma Bush Gardens. Take a short drive out of town to the delightful Moorelands Bush Nursery. Discover an impressive range of plants, unique garden art and quirky garden ‘rooms’. Enjoy lunch in this beautiful outback garden setting. Experience authentic country hospitality this afternoon at Mount Hope, a 34,000 acre working cattle station. A family host will board our coach at the station entrance for a guided tour of this Droughtmaster cattle property. Enjoy sunset nibbles and drinks followed by a delicious two-course camp oven dinner under the stars.
Feel the energy and excitement of a real cattle auction* at Australia’s biggest cattle selling facility, Roma Saleyards. This is where it all happens. On any given day up to 7,000 head of cattle are brought for sale. Join a retired grazier for an insiders view of the saleyards and entry to the new multi-media Interpretive Centre. Enjoy morning tea at the Saleyards before travelling to nearby Surat and the Cobb & Co Changing Station Museum. Located at the original site of the Cobb & Co Store it was the drop off point for coach passengers and goods. Late this afternoon back in Roma, celebrate the triumphs of our pioneering oil and gas industry at The Big Rig. Join the ‘Roma Rigger’ guide for the The Night Show Sunset Experience. Listen to captivating stories and toast the sunset with a delicious regional Port. Then take your seats for the enthralling Sound and Light Show. (*Cattle auction viewing is on most Tuesdays & Thursdays)