The Big Rig

The Big Rig, Roma: Hours, Address, The Big Rig Reviews: 4/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Big Rig Roma enables you to discover the unique history of how and where the Australian oil and gas industry originated. Oil Patch Self-Guided Tour - 8:30am - 4pm (Mon - Fri) 9am-3pm (Sat-Sun) Oil Patch Guided Tour - 2pm Week days (exc Public Holidays) The Night Show Sunset Experience 5pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Brissy2
Hervey Bay, Australia5,740 contributions
Interesting to just do a self-guided tour
Apr 2021
Reception is located at the entrance of the Visitor Info Centre. The Big Rig exhibits are full of information about the oil and gas industry from the very beginning when dinosaurs roamed, through a lot of interesting history when they first began drilling for oil & gas to the now.

Various tours on offer ranging from Self-Guided to the Day & Night Tour and the Night/Sunset Show. Doing a self-guided takes about an hour - it’s an easy walk around the exhibits of machinery, trucks and of course the Big Rig itself. Plenty of info display signs to read. There were interesting audio features at some of the displays.

Before walking out to the exit where the shop is, you can visit their Theatrette and watch a short movie. Kids are also catered for with the miniature “Roma Express” train which travels around the park and complex.
Written 23 August 2021
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JulieB992
Gold Coast, Australia133 contributions
Interesting experience
Aug 2021
We did the afternoon tour then did the sunset one as well. We wished we had only done one of these. While they were difference experiences there was a limit to how much information we needed that day about oil and gas. Its a great tour so would recommend it.
Written 21 August 2021
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mannysnumber1
Gold Coast, Australia56 contributions
Boring documentary
Aug 2021 • Friends
Informative displays. Will have more to do when they open the next part of the development. Might be more interesting the. Ok for cost of $15 entry.
NIght show = boring. What a let down for whatvhas so much potential. Not worth the money. It should be advertised as a 30min documentary not a sound and light show.
Written 16 August 2021
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Niccers16
Bundaberg, Australia253 contributions
Great way to learn about oil in Roma, allocate around an hour.
Aug 2021 • Couples
A great way to learn about the history and oil in Roma. We did a self paced tour, and it is well set out in the gardens. Lots of informative stops which detail the history of Roma.
Written 15 August 2021
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David B
Bruce, Australia886 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2021 • Couples
They offer guided and self guided tours. I am not sure the guided tours operate all the time.

We were given no instructions and I think we went back to front. I think you should start in the hall explaining the formation of oil. There are some oil derricks. The biggest allows access and has good explanatory boards. The exploration section is fun. You can even feel the explosion.

Some elderly vehicles are on display. No access though. Again they have good information boards.

They are building a tower. I imagine this will allow visitors to see down onto the big Derrick.

There is a theatre. The switch to turn it on is outside the door and easily missed. The video is informative but was way to heavily pro-fracking for my taste. I am not a fan of propaganda.

The museum is attached to the visitor information centre. The shop has a wealth of information about Roma and other areas up to about 500km away. It also sells a good range of souvenirs.
Written 1 August 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia24,249 contributions
Roma Oil & Gas History
Jul 2021
Although not open when visited you get a feel for what might be presented at the Big Rig, a tourist park that depicts the history of the oil and gas industry in this part of the world. The Driller is a statue of an American, John Machado who came to Roma in 1923 with fellow driller Clarence Evans and they were rponsible for traing the folks that started the Australian oil and gas industry.
Written 30 July 2021
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goodmclean
Brisbane, Australia66 contributions
A must do to understand the history of Oil in Roma.
Jun 2021
The Big Rig was a great place to start in Roma as it's also the Info Centre. The friendly staff were very helpful. There were plenty of brochures as well as clean toilets.
We had booked our Big Rig Night Show Experience before we arrived in Roma so didn't need to purchase tickets there.
There is also a playground just outside.
Written 24 July 2021
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LOZQLD
Queensland51 contributions
Great attraction
May 2021
We did the self tour. Great attraction to walk around. Kids (9 & 7 year olds) really enjoyed and learnt a lot. Excellent gift shop and information centre.
Written 20 July 2021
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Ruthandfamily4
Brisbane, Australia52 contributions
Exploration
Jul 2021
We did a self guided tour. It was quite interesting to see how they drilled back in the day & the continued history of drilling. There is also constuction going on at the moment & when that's finished will add to the appeal of visiting.
Written 18 July 2021
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Dawn
Brisbane, Australia16 contributions
Rigs on display
Jul 2021
Staff were very helpful & couldn’t do enough for you. The displays were laid out very well & easy to understand for unscientific people & kids. Was great to get an idea of what went on & of the times, life & hardships involved. The Cafe had wonderful food, regular pricing but anyone can go the cafe without going through the exhibit as well. Plan to visit this when you go to Roma, bigger rig is being installed for display now.
Written 13 July 2021
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