Rankins Springs

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Set in the middle of the Conapaira Range between Goolgowi and West Wyalong, Rankins Springs was established in 1870 and provides a welcome stop over for travellers.

Historical links

The original Rankins Springs village was located approximately 10 kilometres from the present village, and all that marks this site is the remains of a grand hotel in the middle of a valley. The village moved to its present site following the construction of the railway in 1923.

Follow the heritage trail markers around Rankins Springs and learn more of the fascinating history of this small village.

A birdwatcher's paradise

The Rankins Springs district is home to a large number of Australian bird species, including the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Superb Parrot, Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Gilbert's Whistler, Chestnut Quail Thrush, Shy Hylacola, Painted Honeyeater and Mallee Fowl.

At present there are seven designated birdwatching sites in the Rankins Springs area strategically located to optimise your birdwatching experience. Hides are situated at two of these locations with more planned in the future.

Natural wonders

Cocoparra National Park is located approximately 45 kilometres from Rankins Springs, and provides the opportunity for bushwalking, picnicing, nature study and photography.

A peaceful town

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, and the Conapaira Hotel is a great place to stop for a meal or cold drink. There is also a well maintained recreation ground and a nine hole golf course.


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.