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Only 350 kilometres north-west of Toowoomba, Roma is sometimes referred to as the 'gateway to the outback'. Home to the southern hemisphere's largest sale yards, visitors can get a feel for the outback by perching on a fence or taking a coveted possie on the viewing platform to watch the action at Roma Saleyards. Be sure to time your visit for a Tuesday or Thursday and you can witness the sale of up to 12,000 head of cattle in a single day.

To get a real feel for the town itself, take a walk along the heritage-listed Heroes' Avenue, which is planted with more than 100 bottle trees. Each tree is a memorial to a local soldier who lost their life in WW1. For a dose of history, head to the Mount Abundance Homestead, built in 1860, which is the site of the region's first settlement. The homestead has important links to early explorers Sir Thomas Mitchell and Ludwig Leichhardt.

Don't miss the Big Rig Oil and Gas Interpretative Centre and Night Show for an interactive insight into the hardships and heroic stories of oil drilling and exploration. Visit the 'Oil Patch' to get up close to impressive rigs and one of the first diesel powered rigs ever used in Australia. If you're a wine buff, the Romavilla Winery is the oldest winery in Queensland and is open from Monday to Saturday.

There's a varied calendar of events from Picnic Races, the Roma Cup and Easter in the Country to the multicultural Santos Food and Fire Festival and all the fun of the Roma Show.

Roma
Roma, Maranoa Area
Queensland
Australia

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Hay Point Country Bed and Breakfast

Hay Point, Mackay Area
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From AU$140 - 140
Relax and escape to this tropical country retreat located only 25 minutes south of Mackay. Access roads are all sealed - only 10 minutes from the highway. The air-conditioned self-contained unit provides a convenient home-base while you explore the Mackay/Whitsunday region's rainforests, reefs and many other unique tourist attractions.

La Solana - Mackay

Blacks Beach, Mackay Area
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From AU$99 - 180
Moving to Mackay? Working in Mackay or feel like a mini beach break? Their spacious apartments provide a comfortable home away from home, so that you can truly settle in and enjoy your stay. Whether you simply need accommodation for yourself or for your whole family, whether you’re on a work placement or on an extended holiday, you can rest assured knowing that La Solana Apartments can meet all your short or long stay accommodation needs.

Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
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From AU$189 - 299
The Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina is considered as Mackay's premier hotel. Located on the relaxing waterfront setting of the picturesque Mackay Marina, the hotel is only a short drive from Mackay's city centre and 20 minutes from Mackay Airport and is Mackay's only hotel with marina views over the tropical blue waters of the Coral Sea.

Mycow Accommodation Mackay

Bakers Creek, Mackay Area
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From AU$20 - 77
Relax and enjoy the peace and comfort of your own private room or water front caravan site. The park is ideally located on the south side of Mackay, only 10 minutes from Central Business District, five minutes to the airport and five minutes to Paget (Mackay's industrial precinct).

BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$30 - 150
BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park is situated two kilometres from Mackay Harbour Precinct and only four kilometres from the city centre. There's a good range of cabin, caravan and camping accommodation for your family and your furry friends.

Central Tourist Park Mackay

North Mackay, Mackay Area
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From AU$30 - 95
Located just two kilometres north from Mackay's city heart, the Central Tourist Park offers a range of budget accommodation, from tent sites, van sites (drive thru) , to fully air-conditioned self contained units and villas.

Hi-Way Units Motel

Mackay, Mackay Area
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From AU$110 - 180
The Hi-Way Units Motel is very centrally located in Mackay. This provides easy access to all attractions including the Botanical Gardens. They are only three kilometres to the airport and the city centre, and two kilometres to the railway station and hospital.

Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands

Mackay, Mackay Area
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From AU$99 - 299
Located adjacent to the ocean, river and parklands, yet just three minutes from the Central Business District cafe, dining and entertainment district, Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands is Mackay's newest apartment hotel.

Quest Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
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From AU$150 - 300
Quest Mackay is an apartment style hotel located in the heart of the Mackay Central Business District close to all local attractions, restaurants, nightlife and the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.

Mid City Motor Inn

Mackay, Mackay Area
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From AU$99 - 160
Mid City Motor Inn is located on the bank of the blue 'Pioneer' river in the city heart of Mackay. It is a very short stroll to restaurants and shopping centres. The adjacent river boardwalk passes the motel and leads to Caneland Shopping Centre, one of the north's most popular centres with Myer and the new Family Entertainment Centre with Ten Pin Bowling and Laser Tag for the kids.
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