Springsure’s name was derived from the permanent springs in the creeks and gullies at the time of settlement in the area. It is known for its heritage, hills and hospitality.
Things to Experience
Federation Woolshed Located in Rich Memorial Park, the Federation Woolshed is a replica of the sheds that Britain sent to the colonies at the turn of the 20th century. Photos and antiques line the walls of this historical building. It also acts as the information centre and is open daily, from March to October.
Heritage Walk takes in the Woolshed precinct and the Main Street. Maps can be obtained from the information centre.
Minerva Hills National Park Spectacular jagged peaks dotted with ancient Zamia palms provide the scenic backdrop to this national park. Enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding countryside from easy-to-access lookouts, including Fred’s Gorge. There are several walking trails and opportunities for mountain biking.
Virgin Rock Lion’s Park is the best vantage point to see Virgin Rock, a niche in the eastern side of Mount Zamia, which has a weathered likeness to the Virgin Mary holding her child. The spectacular cliffs are floodlit at night.
Staircase Range Lookout is located 17 kilometres south of Springsure and is named after a sandstone escarpment that has naturally formed in a staircase shape. See the Old Wagon Road that was cut into the sandstone by pick and crowbar.
Wills Memorial Site A memorial headstone can be viewed at the site of the 1861 frontier conflict on Cullin La Ringo Road.
Rainworth Fort Complex includes an original fort building constructed to store food and resist attack. It also includes the relocated Cairdbeign homestead, an 1800s school building and a fascinating collection of period pieces and historical artefacts. Entry: $10 adults, $5 children. No Eftpos
Yumba Burin (Keeping Place) Situated at the cemetery is an Indigenous crypt in which barkwrapped Aboriginal remains and artefacts are stored. Contact Darryl Black 0475 086 480 for access.
Hospital Museum Built in 1868, the original, heritage-listed Springsure Hospital has been furnished to reflect the yesteryear and houses a collection of medical equipment, photos and records. Contact the Federation Woolshed for access.
Labradorite, a feldspar gemstone of iridescent colour, is found in the Springsure area. Fossicking permits available from the local hardware store.