Maranoa Visitor Information

The Maranoa region is located in south west Queensland. The region maintains a proud and productive rural industry which in more recent years has been complimented with industrial expansion in the energy and tourism sectors.

The town of Roma, is the dominant urban centre and acts as the region’s primary hub for commerce, education, health, transport, government, retail and financial services.

Also located in the region are the towns of Injune, Mitchell, Surat, Wallumbilla and Yuleba which act as important community and retail centres that service the immediate needs of residents located in their close proximity. In addition, the region also has several smaller towns and locations that provide community and social points for residents.

The Maranoa Region has established itself as a sought after stop-over destination for travellers Australia-wide.

With the warm and friendly towns people partnered with the tree-lined streets, public parks and admirable gardens, the Maranoa area showcases a truly beautiful part of Australia.

Maranoa accommodation guide

vacancy-signIf you are looking for places to stay in and around the region, there are a good number of motels and caravan parks to choose from.

Roma Inland Motor Inn accommodation offers a great blend of country hospitality with modern facilities including comfortable rooms and great food. The caravan parks are many and varied with an option to suit all travelers.

Find and select your Maranoa accommodation here>>

Where to eat in Maranoa

SteakMaranoa also boasts some great restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars.

From the Kings Steak House on Quintin st with its legendary steak to the delightful baked goods at Cafe 54, there is something for everyone.

Find out where to eat or have a cold drink in our Maranoa pubs, clubs and meals guide here >>

Maranoa Region Agriculture

Asian Deli graphicThe Maranoa region abounds in natural resources, primary industries and pioneering icons which reflect the heart and heritage of Australia. Coal, oil,

gas, cotton, beef, wool, grain, wine, olives, fruit, vegetables, gemstones, manufacturing and other services are just a few of the industries in the

region.

The region has a long established grazing industry and is the location of Australia’s largest cattle selling complex. The facility achieved a record

sale of 409 000 head of cattle in 2008, with a total value of over $237 million, and it is anticipated that new records will be reached with the expansion of

an additional 60 yarding pens.

The region also has a sheep flock of approximately 150 000 for wool and fat lamb production.

Maranoa National Parks

roma national park

Whether you’re looking for adventure or interested in more leisurely recreational pursuits, the natural places of the Maranoa offer some of the most spectacular landscapes in which to rejuvenate and reinvigorate yourself.  The Maranoa has an accessible network of National Parks including the internationally renowned Carnarvon National Park, each with their own unique ecosystems and very diverse geological land formations.

The recently completed Carnarvon Great Walk traverses the sandstone landscapes of the Carnarvon Range.  Those up for the challenge of walking the trails of the recently completed Carnarvon Great Walk, will be rewarded with a remote and beautiful landscape of towering sandstone cliffs, sweeping tablelands and shaded side-gorges.

Throughout the Maranoa there are also natural reserve areas where you can canoe, cycle, bushwalk, 4WD, rock climb or simply observe nature at its very best. We do ask that all visitors take extra care when visiting these areas as they are ecologically sensitive environments.   Prior to embarking upon your national park experience, we recommend that you contact the local park ranger or visitor information centre to confirm local requirements and current weather and access conditions.

National Parks

Carnarvon Ranges National Park

Carnarvon Gorge & Carnarvon Great Walk – Carnarvon Gorge features towering sandstone cliffs, vibrantly coloured side gorges, diverse flora and fauna and Aboriginal Rock Art.

Mt Moffatt Section – sculpted sandstone outcrops, spectacular views from the highest plateau in Queensland and highly significant Aboriginal rock art sites.

Expedition National Park

Lonesome Section – offers spectacular panoramic views to the southern end of Arcadia Valley, Dawson River, the Carnarvon ranges and mountain spurs.  “The Candlesticks” form an impressive sandstone silhouette above the landscape of Lonesome.

Beilba Section – preserves an intact example of escarpment country.  The park comes to life in late winter and spring with a colourful display of wildflowers including grevilleas, flannel flowers, acacias and pea flowers.

Nuga Nuga National Park – an area of unique and varied vegetation conserving remnants of endangered bonewood scrub and the vulnerable Ooline tree.

Tregole National Park – known for extremely rare and endangered plant species which include an ooline forest and epiphytic black orchid.  The uniqueness of this park is attributed to a mosaic of mulga ridges, brigalow woodlands and poplar box floodplains.

Fishing and 4WD

Nothing compares with the thrill of catching your first fish – particularly if you’re a child. The Surat Fishing and Restocking Club understands the excitement of landing your first fish and conducts ‘Take a kid to fish’ days on the banks of the Balonne River. Why not share this wonderful experience with your own children.

4WD

For those anglers that are up for the challenge of fishing inland waterways, the Maranoa offers a quality recreational freshwater fishing experience. Our numerous clean river systems and local waterholes are regularly stocked with a range of native fish. Freshwater fish species which can be found in our river systems and waterholes include yellow belly, silver perch, cod, and dew fish.

Our waterholes provide the ideal habitat for shrimp which can be used as live bait to catch the “big one”. Who could resist the chance to relive or create the childhood experience and thrill of catching and eating fresh yabbies?

The best fishing spots are strictly guarded secrets that can be pried from the locals over a yarn at that other favourite ‘watering hole’ in town or alternatively enquire at any of our visitor information centres throughout the region.

Try your luck at these spots – Surat:  Balonne River / Warroo Bridge / Surat Weir / Fisherman’s Park / Cow Paddocks / Green Timbers / Bingi Crossing / Beldene Waterhole / Pilaway Reserve (Glenmorgan)  Yuleba:  Judds Lagoon / Yuleba Creek / Old Yuleba Fishing Hole Injune:  Lake Nuga Nuga /  Dawson River Crossing Mitchell: Maranoa River / Fisherman’s Rest / Neil Turner Weir / Womallila Creek / Mertyville Creek.

Leave the bitumen and put your pride and joy into 4WD. There are a range of bush tracks which traverse the Maranoa, suitable for beginners seeking their first 4WD experience to the veteran 4WD enthusiast looking for a challenge.

Your 4WD experience will take you through some of the most spectacular landscape that is on offer in Queensland. Share the Maranoa 4WD experience with a group of friends or make some new friends by joining a 4WD tag-along tour group.

The Maranoa’s National Parks offer unsealed roads lined with beautiful landscapes and brimming with Australia’s unique wildlife which is perfect for 4WD beginners or the family 4WD trek. Some properties such as Claravale Wilderness Experience outside Mitchell offer 4WD tours and give visitors the opportunity to experience station life.

When embarking upon your 4WD experience in the Maranoa we ask that you observe the laws and regulations for recreational vehicles that apply to public lands, respect our natural environments and cultural heritage areas, drive to road conditions and keep to formed vehicle tracks, seek permission before driving onto private land and leave gates as found.

Arts & Culture

maranoa gallery

The Maranoa is home to many gifted artists and craftspersons whose talents are as inspirational and diverse as the landscape in which they live and work. These gifted people are also very generous with their time and skills, with many lending their talents and creativity to the nurturing of emerging artists and the development of community arts projects which can be discovered throughout the region.

The Maranoa’s public art can be found throughout the region in all forms of medium, from sculptural pieces and murals to large landscape artworks.  The arts and cultural sector is an integral part of the Maranoa’s social fabric and of great importance to our communities. Art succeeds in engaging people of all ages in both creation and appreciation.

At the centre of the Maranoa’s Arts Trail Network are the Maranoa Galleries. These galleries are the collaboration of three inspirational and community focused galleries within the Maranoa and include Roma on Bungil Gallery, Surat on Balonne Gallery and Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery. All three are committed to working together to retain the unique character and individuality of each of the galleries and the exhibition programs offered. They aim to provide complimentary yet distinctively different visitor experiences throughout the Maranoa.

The galleries present an annual calendar of exhibitions with a full program of outstanding exhibitions and art collections. All celebrate the wonderful artistic talent which is found in abundance throughout the region as well as showcasing the works of renowned artists from further afield. Our communities extend a warm invitation to all our visitors to visit our galleries, experience and perhaps even invest in the art works of our flourishing artists.

Roma on Bungil Gallery – Hawthorne Street, Roma 07 4624 0301

The lovely new Roma on Bungil Gallery is housed in the Roma Community Arts Centre. The Centre is a hub for the arts in addition to the gallery it houses studios and work spaces as well as The Walk of Art which connects the Centre to the wonderfully restored, heritage listed Hibernian Hall.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm / Saturday: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm / Sunday & Public Holidays: 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery – 33 Cambridge Street, Mitchell 07 4623 1264

The Mitchell on Maranoa Gallery is housed in the beautifully transformed old Maranoa Picture Theatre. The unique arts precinct includes an impressive gallery area, library, movie project room display and outdoor artists’ workspace and sculpture garden.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (closed 12.00 noon – 1.00 pm) / Saturday: 9.00 am – 12.00 noon / Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed

Surat on Balonne Gallery – Cobb & Co Changing Station, 62 Burrowes St, Surat   07 2626 5136

The Surat on Balonne Gallery is housed in the Cobb & Co Changing Station Complex. The vision for the gallery is to develop and promote local and regional artists through gallery space and curatorial assistance in a formal gallery setting. Featuring a diverse range of art forms, styles and techniques, as well as the occasional well known non local artist – don’t be surprised to find works from well recognised artists such as Sidney Nola, Russell Drysdale or Hugh Sawry.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm / Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

More great galleries and art precincts

Brown Gully Fine Art Gallery – 109 McDowall Street, Roma   07 4622 5118

Guest exhibitions are held continually in the fine art gallery with local and statewide artists exhibiting original works in medium from painting and photography to sculpture. Drop by and be amazed by the artwork in the fine art gallery at Brown Gully.

Injune Art Space – Injune Multipurpose Complex, 32 Hutton Street, Injune   07 4626 0506

This newly developed space displays the creative talents of the Injune district and other featured artists.

Maranoa Arts Gateway – 43 Cambridge Street, Mitchell   07 2623 7572

Maranoa Arts Gateway aims to promote local arts and crafts to the visitors and residents of Mitchell. Maranoa Art Gateway also provides a shopfront where local arts and crafts people can promote and sell their diverse range of work including pottery, painting and woodwork etc.

Places where public art can be found throughout the region

Roma – Three Dimensional Clay Mural – Roma Cultural Centre / Machado Statue – Big Rig Interpretative Centre / Indigenous Mural and Talking Circle – Adungadoo Pathway / Graffiti Mural – Roma Skate Park / Mural – Arthur Street Roma

Injune – Henricks Park / Shop Front Façade Murals

Mitchell – Cambridge Street Streetscaping / Aerosol Art Murals – Maranoa River Bridge / Art Installations – Mitchell Memorial Park / Kenniff Statues – St George Road / Yumba Interpretive Trail – Yumba

Amby – Amby Archway – Amby Community Hall / Amby Railway Mural – Amby Bus Shelter

Mungallala – Cobb & Co Mural – Warrego Highway Rest Area

Surat – Skate Park Mural – Surat Recreation Grounds / Mural Nason Park / Surat Cemetery Entrance / Information Panels – Riverwalk Entrance – Fisherman’s Park – Balonne river Bank / Ringing the Bells – Surat on Balonne Gallery / Bob Nason Murals – Cobb & Co Changing Station

Yuleba – Cobb & Co Mural / War Memorial Mural – Yuleba Hall