Experience the heart of outback Queensland at Roma’s famous five-day Easter in the Country festival! Established in 1976, this festival has become a hallmark of the Queensland Easter calendar (usual an April date). Set in Roma, a key town in the Maranoa Region, the festival is conveniently located for those coming from larger cities, offering an authentic country escape.
Roma is a rural town and locality in the Maranoa Region, Queensland, Australia. It is the administrative centre of the Maranoa Region. It is located 350 kilometres north-west of Toowoomba, Roma Outback Queensland is home to the southern hemisphere’s largest sale yards.
Each Easter there is a whirlwind of activities that cater to everyone. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a lover of culture and cuisine, or someone who enjoys a more relaxed pace, Roma’s Easter in the Country has something for you. This festival is a showcase of the vibrant lifestyle that outback Queensland is renowned for.
Over the years, the festival has seen performances from celebrated Australian country music artists like Troy Cassar-Daley, The McClymonts, Beccy Cole, and Lee Kernaghan. In addition to the stellar music line-up, the festival is packed with diverse events. Expect thrilling bull riding competitions, a colorful street parade, an engaging Easter art show, and a variety of cultural exhibitions. The famous monster Easter egg hunt is a hit among children, while adults can enjoy bush poetry and live music performances.
Roma’s Easter in the Country is an invitation from the locals to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Maranoa Region. It’s a chance to connect with old friends, make new ones, and immerse yourself in the unique culture of Queensland’s outback.
What You Can Expect (varies from year to year)
- Live Country Music Performances: Featuring some of the best local and national country music artists.
- Cultural and Culinary Experiences: Showcasing local cuisine and cultural exhibitions, reflecting the unique heritage of the region.
- Thrill-Seeking Activities: For those looking for adventure and excitement.
- Relaxed Pastimes: Opportunities to enjoy the festival at a more leisurely pace, suitable for all ages.
- APRA Qualified Rodeo: A highlight of the festival, offering a true outback experience.
- Street Parade: A vibrant and colorful display that is a hallmark of the festival.
- Art Shows and Exhibitions: Celebrating local artists and craftsmen.
- Children’s Activities: Including the famous monster Easter egg hunt.
- Community Events: Engaging activities that involve both locals and visitors, fostering a sense of community