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The Big Rig

2 Riggers Rd, Roma, Queensland 4455, Australia
+61 7 4622 2325
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Great bit of history

The Big Rig was fascinating to experience especially for the males. They have great displays of old... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kim G
via mobile

Called into the Information Centre and collected numerous booklets to study and decided to have... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Paul R
Warnervale, Australia
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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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Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2 Riggers Rd, Roma, Queensland 4455, Australia
+61 7 4622 2325
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Big Rig was fascinating to experience especially for the males. They have great displays of old machinery used for the oil and gas industry from the early 1900's. Paths all the way around, easy for wheelchairs and walkers. A cafe, gift shop and really...More

Thank Kim G
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Hi Kim, Thanks for the positive review. Kind regards, Sam

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called into the Information Centre and collected numerous booklets to study and decided to have coffee and cake. The service was friendly and helpful. We ordered 2 Mochas with cream plus a fabulous carrot cake served with fresh whipped cream and strawberry. Delicious. The other...More

Thank Paul R
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Hi Paul, Thanks for the positive review. I do specifically remember you and your friends coming through. Great to hear you loved the carrot cake and the whipped cream mocha. I hope you also enjoyed the oil patch after and the rest of your stay...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

There is some interesting history but maybe it is made into more than it is. You will only need an hour to look through it, so nice if you are passing through to break up the drive

Thank Morgan P
Management response:Responded 16 May 2017

Hi Morgan, Thanks for taking the time to review the big rig. I will take up your concerns with the council as they set the price for the oil patch and night show. Kind regards, Sam

Reviewed 25 April 2017

This attraction has some interesting facts and figures about the discovery of oil and gas in the region, but could use some updating and tarting up.

Thank Teresa R
Management response:Responded 26 April 2017

Hi Teresa, Thanks for the review. We are looking at the few different options at the moment to update a few thing with the oil patch and the night show. Kind Regards, Sam

Reviewed 24 April 2017

The staff are nice and helpful. The show is informative showing what difficulties the pioneers' faced. It is interesting to find the relation of finding water and the oil by the settlers.

Thank wkwonghk
Management response:Responded 26 April 2017

Hi Wkwonghk, Thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the night show. We try and be as helpful as we can. Kind Regards, Sam

Reviewed 19 April 2017

I went to Roma for Easter knowing nothing of the area so found the Night Show an excellent way to learn about the history of oil & gas in the area, especially learning that as far back as 1906, the town was lit by natural...More

1  Thank trish717276
Management response:Responded 21 April 2017

Hi Trish, Thanks for taking the time for such a detailed and positive review about the big rig night show. Kind Regards, Sam

Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Sorry but I can't comment on the atractions as I only came in for lunch. But if they're half as good as the lunch they'll be great. Spinach and fetta pie plus salad for under $10 and it was superb.

Thank Andy B
Management response:Responded 11 March 2017

Hi Andy, Thanks for your great review of the big rig cafe. Kind Regards, Sam

Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Big Rig is a tourist attraction in Roma, A good night show but better café. The meals are fantastic

Thank _olliedowd
Sam C, Manager at The Big Rig, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Hi Olliedowd, Thank you for taking the time to review the big rig cafe. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it. Kind regards, Sam

Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Not only is this page an information place but also a meeting place to have a meal or coffee. There are plenty of souvenirs and it would appear some local artists etc have their goods on display. The interior is clean and the staff helpful...More

Thank JoseandKathie
Management response:Responded 17 January 2017

Hi JoseandKathie, Thanks you for taking the time to review us. Many thanks for the positive review. We always try and source as many local artists as we can to showcase the Maranoa area. We also pride ourselves on our coffee and meals. We hoped...More

Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Myself and my 3 children aged 11,14,15 visited in January, took advise from others and went latter in the day. Great, because the exhibit is mostly outdoors. For $12 adults, $7 children, you get a self guided tour. My family loved the interactive displays, unfortunately...More

1  Thank GardensTearooms
Management response:Responded 5 January 2017

Hi GardensTearooms, Thank you for visiting the Big Rig and thank you for reviewing us. The information is a little bit technical for some young children to understand. We have tried to make it as easy to understand as possible. We can review the panels...More

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