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The Big Rig

2 Riggers Rd, Roma, Queensland 4455, Australia
+61 7 4622 2325
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Pleasant park to visit

A lovely place to visit while your on your trip through the outback. It has a cafe, a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Edward B
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A Reasonable Historical Summary

An interesting audio-visual presentation depicting the discovery of oil and gas in the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
FyingKiwi
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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 2 days ago via mobile

A lovely place to visit while your on your trip through the outback. It has a cafe, a wonderful park and souvenirs for the touristy amongst you.

Thank Edward B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

An interesting audio-visual presentation depicting the discovery of oil and gas in the region. Feels as if it lacks a little in the presentation, but the concept and information given is sound and at times even humorous. Admission fee is very surprisingly small, which itself...More

Thank FyingKiwi
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited there this June have been there many times before always go back for a visit lots of history to be found , people very informative plenty of photographs and also has a coffee shop well worth a visit when in Roma.

Thank barrie m
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Maranoa Regiona... C, Public Relations Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Barrie, we are so glad you regularly stop by to visit us here at The Big Rig and we hope you continue to call in.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An awesome and educating experience of how oil and gas first developed in Australia. It took us nearly two hours to check everything out. Very informative and some hands on. Followed up by a warming lunch in the cafe.

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Maranoa Regiona... C, Public Relations Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you George so much for your kind and review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to The Big Rig and found all the information and displays so interesting.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the displays. It explained a lot about how and why the Oil and Gas indstury works.More

Thank Paul N
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Maranoa Regiona... C, Public Relations Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Hi Paul Thank you so much for coming to visit The Big Rig and we are glad you enjoyed it. We feel very honoured to be the only museum in Australia sharing these stories about the history of oil and gas exploration in Australia. We...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

This is a well presented and informative exhibition about the oil and gas exploration in the Roma area. The staff are very friendly and there is a lot of information for tourists regarding many places near and far.

Thank Michelle S
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Maranoa Regiona... C, Public Relations Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2018

Michelle we are so glad you enjoyed your visit to The Big Rig and we always love to hear positive feedback on our friendly staff. We hope you call in again next time you are in the region.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

For visitors to Roma of all ages - this is a great history show that has been put together very nicely. A host answers questions guest may have at the end.

Thank JCTraveller2011
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Maranoa Regiona... C, Public Relations Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thank you for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed The Big Rig Night Show. The Big Rig is the only oil and gas museum in Australia sharing these stories about this fascinating aspect of Australia's history.

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Reviewed 26 February 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.

Thank Nita C
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Maranoa Regiona... C, Tourism Officer at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 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 6 February 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

Thank 94mbconn
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Reviewed 28 November 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 27 February 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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