As the sun dips below the horizon, highlighting the vast expanse of the outback with a riot of red and orange hues, Roma and the surrounding areas will very quickly become your favourite Queensland camping destination.
Nestled about 480 kilometres west of Brisbane, Roma is known as the gateway to Queensland’s outback. It’s the perfect place for travellers seeking an authentic Aussie bush experience.
Here are our tips for the best places to set up your camp.
Opening image: Carnarvon Gorge. Tourism and Events Qld.
Big Rig Tourist Park
Your Roma adventure should begin with a comfy stay at the Big Rig Tourist Park. With its spacious powered sites, clean amenities, and a pet-friendly policy, it’s a wonderful base for exploring the region.
If you’re a first-timer in Roma, this camping site is a fabulous base to call home, as you spend time exploring the unique sights of Roma. Visitors rave about the night show at The Big Rig, which brings the interesting oil and gas history of the area to life.
Big Rig Tourist Park has cabin and workforce accommodation and powered sites for caravans. and has great facilities on hand to help you unwind and make the most of your stay.
St George Riverfront Tourist Park
If you’re looking for a river front camping site, then this will be perfect for you. An hour’s drive south of Roma will take you to the St George Riverfront Tourist Park. As the name suggests, it’s located right on the bank of the Balonne River, and the riverfront sites provide an unparalleled view of the tranquil water.
You can spend your days fishing from the riverbank or birdwatching, as the area is a hotspot for avian life. Facilities are excellent, with clean amenities, BBQ areas, and a camp kitchen, making it a perfect choice for both tent and caravan camping.
Rubern Lagoons Koala Park
Just 30 minutes north of Roma, the Rubern Lagoons Koala Park offers a truly unique camping experience. Amidst a lush natural setting, the park houses a koala sanctuary where you can get up close with the iconic marsupials.
It’s an ideal spot for families, with picnic areas and ample space for children to play. You’ll need to bring your supplies, but the experience of camping under the stars with koalas as your neighbours is utterly worth it.
There’s a fabulously smooth road for your valuable RV, caravans, buses or vans to park on. With easy drive through parking, green lawns and spaces on and around the lagoons, you’ll love the natural bush setting as a perfect place to relax.
Columboola Country, located about 140 kilometres southeast of Roma, is serene and naturally beautiful. This camping and retreat centre is situated between two lagoons, providing an idyllic spot for fishing, canoeing, or just enjoying the serene beauty of nature.
The historical buildings, which include a century-old schoolhouse, add a unique touch to the landscape. Choose between powered and unpowered sites, or opt for one of their comfortable cabins.
Gidgee’s Bush Camp
If you’re seeking a more secluded, rustic camping experience around Roma, Gidgee’s Bush Camp is a destination worth exploring. Just an hour’s drive northwest from the town, this camp welcomes you into a world untouched by the hustle and bustle of city life.
The camp is set amidst a captivating panorama of open plains, eucalyptus woodland, and native gidgee trees – the inspiration behind the camp’s name. The simplicity of the place creates a perfect setting for campers looking to immerse themselves in nature and truly unplug. You won’t find powered sites or Wi-Fi here, but that’s part of Gidgee’s appeal.
Chinchilla Country Camping
Set amongst a natural bush setting around 90 minutes’ drive from Roma is the idyllic Chinchilla Country Camping ground, which is made up of five regular campsites. It’s suitable for any vehicle, tent, camper trailer or caravan.
The camping ground is just two kilometres from Chinchilla, which is known as the “melon capital” and has several heritage listed sites.
Country Camping consists of 30 acres of bush to explore and the property has beautiful green lawns, plus an amenities building with private bathrooms. And let’s not forget the bonus extra – your four-legged friends are more than welcome!
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