Roma has always been a favourite stopping off point for visitors to the outback.  When you visit the Big Rig, you’ll want to stop longer!

The Big Rig celebrates the unique history of Australia’s oil and gas industry, collecting together and presenting intriguing stories, photos and facts.

Catering for all ages, The Big Rig take visitors on an absorbing journey from Australia’s first discovery of petroleum, through the boom and bust years of oil and gas exploration and onto today’s multi-billion dollar industry.

Oil Patch

A hundred years ago, on Roma’s Hospital Hill, a drilling crew was boring for water when, suddenly, the unexpected happen: “Strewth, it’s gas!” exclaimed a surprised driller as gas mud and water gushed out of the well. With this event, quite by accident, Australia’s oil and gas industry was born.

The Big Rig celebrates the unique history of Australia’s oil and gas industry, collecting together intriguing stories, photos, facts and objects, in a variety of fascinating multi-media exhibits.