Set in the middle of the Conapaira Range between Goolgowi and West Wyalong, Rankins Springs was established in 1869 and provides a welcome stop over for travellers.
John Oxley was the first white man to visit the Rankins Springs area during his exploration in 1817. To the west of the village, on the highway, a monument to Oxley is incorporated into the rest area. The original Rankins Springs village was located approximately 10km from the present village, and all that marks this site is the remains of a grand hotel in the middle of a valley.
Follow the heritage trail markers around Rankins Springs and learn more of the fascinating history of this small village. The Birds of the Bush program was launched at the end of 2006, and includes the installation of a number of bird hides, which allow visitors to do a spot of bird watching whilst in the area.
Travellers passing through make use of the comfortable motel, Caravan Park, picnic and toilet facilities in the well kept, shady parks. A general store and service station provides visitors with the essentials. There is also a well maintained sporting complex and a nine hole golf course. The Conapaira Hotel was rebuilt in 2002 after a fire ravaged the old hotel in 1996.
A map of Rankins Springs can be viewed here. (PDF)