Rankins Springs

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Rankins Springs
New South Wales
Rankins Springs Mid Western Highway.JPG
Mid-Western Highway passing through Rankins Springs
Rankins Springs is located in New South Wales
Rankins Springs
Rankins Springs
Coordinates 33°50′0″S 146°15′0″E / 33.83333°S 146.25000°E / -33.83333; 146.25000Coordinates: 33°50′0″S 146°15′0″E / 33.83333°S 146.25000°E / -33.83333; 146.25000
Population 230 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2669
LGA(s) Carrathool Shire
County Cooper
State electorate(s) Murrumbidgee
Federal Division(s) Riverina

Rankins Springs is a small town in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia in Carrathool Shire and on the Mid-Western Highway. At the census, Rankins Springs had a population of 230.[1] The settlement of Rankins Springs is strung out along the Mid-Western Highway and adjacent railway line.


The site of the original township was 10 km north-west of its current location along the Hillston Road.  Rankins Springs was established in 1869 around the springs at the foot of the Conapaira Range (from which the township was named). Rankins Springs Post Office opened on 1 September 1875.[2]

References state "the springs were closed in 1957".  Nowadays the springs only appear after extensive heavy rain.[3]

The railway reached Rankins Springs in 1923.[3]

The main agricultural activities of the district around Rankins Springs are the growing of crops such as wheat and oats, and beef-cattle and wool-production.



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Rankins Springs (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ a b ‘Rankins Springs’, Sydney Morning Herald Travel, FairfaxDigital.

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