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The Big Rig

2 Riggers Rd, Roma, Queensland 4455, Australia
+61 7 4622 2325
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Amazing tribute to the Oil and Gas Industry in the Maranoa. The only one of it’s kind in... read more

Reviewed February 26, 2018
Nita C
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Stayed here for work one night room great size with everything a working person needs in it. Bed is... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2018
94mbconn
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THE NIGHT SHOW An educational and entertaining way to spend the best part of 35 minutes, during which you will get to understand the events of the first 60 years or so of the 20th Century, which justify Roma's claim to being the Cradle of Australia's Oil and Gas Industry. The visitor is accommodated on open-air bench seating, plus some chairs, and is presented with an open-air set, depicting a rather basic tent camp typical of oil drilling during the 1920's. The set comprises of three tents, two small drilling rigs and the type of "junk" normally seen around a rig of that era. A large projection screen is raised behind the set, and one of the tents serves as a second screen. Commentary is heard throughout the Show, backed up by images on the two screens. Unexpected lighting effects occur during the Show, in appropriate passages of the commentary. Visitors are encouraged to take photographs if they desire. All in all, the viewer departs with a fair understanding of oil drilling activities in the Roma area, particularly during the Oil Boom Era of the late 1920's. Returning patrons will realize that the Night Show was THE OIL PATCH Oil Patch is an outside display of oil and gas exploration and product equipment, explained by suitable signs and audio panels. these facilities allow the Oil patch to be a self-guided experience. The old patch is well landscaped with vegetation suited to Roma's rather dry climate. It has proved to be an oasis to many birds, having come in from the bush during recent extended drought. A theatre with the Oil Patch shows a video about how the old and gas has recently changed Roma. Also explains the extraction of natural gas and coal seem gas. The visitor will probably need over an hour to meander through the oil patch. if you need to come back into the cafe for a break before completing the circuit, please do so. The big features of the oil patch are the 1929 vintage steam powered Emsco drilling rig and a somewhat more modern early 1950's diesel powered National T32 rig. The T32 was very well known locally, and served to train a generation of roughnecks. The Emsco was brought to Roma by the Roma Oil Company, drilled four holes, and was abandoned on its last site in 1941. While, for safety reasons, climbing on the exhibits is generally not permitted, steps and safety rails have been built onto the floor of the Emsco rig to allow the visitor to appreciate the sixe of the equipment. By viewing the Oil patch, the visitor leaves with a reasonable understanding of the history and technology in use during the 20th Century, as regards oil search in the Roma District.
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2 Riggers Rd, Roma, Queensland 4455, Australia
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Reviewed February 26, 2018 via mobile

Amazing tribute to the Oil and Gas Industry in the Maranoa. The only one of it’s kind in Australia. Well worth a visit for all the family.

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Maranoa Regiona... C, Tourism Officer at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your recent visit to The Big Rig, we hope you will come back again soon.

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Reviewed February 6, 2018 via mobile

Stayed here for work one night room great size with everything a working person needs in it. Bed is big for a single. Air con excellent

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Reviewed November 28, 2017 via mobile

Collette and the friendly team run the information office, and can guide you around Roma and surrounding areas. The Big Rig has a show on certain nights and all reports are that it's a "must see". Also have a Gas history related tour $12 and...More

Thank Peter C
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Maranoa Regiona... C, Tourism Officer at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2018

Thank you for your kind feedback Peter, we are very lucky to have such friendly volunteers and staff at The Big Rig. If you are passing by again please call in for a chat.

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Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

Nice quaint place, decent food options including decadent cakes. Quite large food portions and all reasonably priced. The Big rig is a pretty comfortable place for a mid week catch up with friends for a wholesome lunch.

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Reviewed October 23, 2017

Very informative and interesting display, gives a great understanding of the local history. Excellent coffee and a nice array of gift items.

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Reviewed October 8, 2017

Buy the inclusive pass for the oil rig and the night show . You wont be disappointed . Also great staff.

Thank Roxy007Qld
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Sam C, General Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

Hi Roxy007Qld, Thanks for taking the time to review the big rig and the kind comments about the staff. I am glad you enjoyed your time with us. Kind Reagards, Sam

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Reviewed October 4, 2017

Well organised,well maintained and informative.I found this venue very educational as it tells the history of the area by both picture and sound.I visited the theatre and watched the presentation which was a little self promoting by Santos but I accept they probably supported the...More

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Sam C, General Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

Hi Greg R, Thanks for taking the time to review the big rig. As you guessed santos were nice enough to give us a more in-depth showing of what santos has been working on in the past few years in the region. I find most...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

This place was very educational for the Roma area. Although the price of $12 per adult is a little high, it was very informative of the oil and gas exploration in the area

Thank Deanno37
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Sam C, General Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

Hi Deanno37, Thanks for the review of the big rig. Unfortunately the price is set by the council and we are looking at doing some upgrade to the oil patch in the near future. Kind regards, Sam

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Reviewed September 22, 2017

This is a tidy clean park, the amenities are little on the tired side, but clean, very friendly and helpful staff.The park is well located, close to the information centre, and the "Big Rig". The town has a lot of history worth exploring, and a...More

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Sam C, General Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2017

Hi gjslater12, Thanks for the review of The Big Rig. I'm glad that you enjoyed your time here. Kind Regards, Sam

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Reviewed September 22, 2017

This is a great display about the early heritage of Qld's oil and gas industry, and we learned a lot. The evening show was quite good as well, and they even supplied outdoor heaters to keep guests warm.

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Sam C, General Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2017

Hi FAF10, Thanks you for reviewing the big rig. The heaters were a great addition to the night show. Kind Regards, Sam

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