Shirley's Trip to Queensland 2016 travel blog

The largest Queensland Bottle Tree in Roma with a girth of 9.5...

Some of the bottle trees around Roma

The 3D ceramic mural

The quite impressive Roma courthouse built in 1901

It rained all day yesterday & what's even worse, I had to get out the long pants for the first time in weeks. It was only about 20C, so not freezing but when you're used to 33C it was a bit of a shock.

Today was cloudy but fine & I even got a couple of loads of washing dry although I hung them out under the awning because I didn't trust the weather.

There's a break in the weather but more rain forecast tomorrow afternoon so I'm taking the opportunity to move on in the morning. I drove around Roma this afternoon & took some photos, especially of some of the magnificent Queensland Bottle Trees here.

They're native to this area (unlike the similar looking West Australian Boabs which aren't related & not native at all). There's a heritage listed Heroes Avenue of 140 bottle trees planted along the main street in tribute to local soldiers who died in WW1 but there's also lots of other trees all over the town.

I was also quite impressed with the 3 dimensional mural in the local Cultural Centre depicting 17 different elements of the Roma area. It was created by 2 artists as a bicentennial project & there's a button you can press to get a recorded commentary of what it's all about.

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