Leaving the Hervey Bay beaches, for the bush, our Travelling Sales Team, Simon and Dawn, were excited to hit the road in the Latitude Caravan to head to Roma’s annual Easter in the Country!
Their first day of the roadtrip saw them travel from Hervey Bay through Wondai, to a night’s stopover at the Chinchilla Showgrounds. If you are ever in the area, the showgrounds bathroom and dump-point facilities are great, making it a lovely spot to rest and revive with a bush sunset, from only $15 per night. Whilst you are in the area, the Chincilla Weir is also a great place to stop for a ‘cuppa’, to stretch the legs or enjoy the waterside free camp for up to two nights!
Day 2 saw Simon and Dawn hit the road again for the second leg of their trip to Roma, for the Easter in the Country event. On arrival they parked up at the “Roma Big Rig”, to get the low-down on the region’s history – a must see if it’s your first time in the area, before checking in to the Romavilla Caravan Park, with friendly staff and clean amenities.
Keeping some of the comforts from home, Simon and Dawn travel with their trusty Nespresso machine – and we don’t blame them! So, they celebrated Good Friday with a coffee in the van and a bike ride around the country side. It wouldn’t have been Easter without some delicious hot cross buns, that they found at Bakearoma. It was a very popular bakery and café over Easter, but the staff did a fantastic job serving the masses.
During the day, they got to experience the Easter Parade where the Show Society won the best float in the parade, which included live sheep shearing! The parade was then followed by live music and markets in the main street. To fill the bellies after an action-packed morning, lunch was at the Royal on Ninety-Nine, a fantastic pub that was renovated 2 years ago and is now the place to be, in Roma. It has plenty of good meal options and while the staff were run off their feet all day, they were still smiling!
On the second night, they moved the van to the showgrounds, for a change of scenery and to be amid all the action. On the Sunday, there was a Lions breakfast with bush poetry and live music on at the canteen as well as several different racing activities – horse races, billy cart races, goat racing and if all of these weren’t enough entertainment, wife carrying races too. However, the real experience was Dawn’s first rodeo and that is what the caravanning is all about, seeing and doing things you haven’t done before!
Overall, Simon and Dawn had an incredible weekend at Easter in the Country. It was a great event with plenty of fun and unique country activities happening, for all ages. See you next year, Roma!