Dennis Scanlon selling his Northern NSW retirement hideaway

Beef Central, 05/08/2018

Dennis and Bev Scanlon’s retirement home is 23.5ac at the foothills of the magnificent border ranges in northern NSW, featuring Mr Warning as their most identifiable landmark.


Well-known beef industry identity Dennis Scanlon and wife Bev are selling their idyllic retirement home in the NSW north coast hinterland, to downsize and move closer to family.

Mr Scanlon spent more than 40 years in the beef industry, including lengthy terms in senior management positions with the Australian Agricultural Co, Elders, and as national livestock manager with Computer Aided Livestock Marketing – the predecessor to today’s AuctionsPlus.

After he retired in 2003, the couple relocated from Brisbane to the scenic border ranges area near Tyalgum, just over the NSW border.

Their farmlet property, called ‘Aghadoe’ (Celt for fertile fields, high on a hill) is 9.6ha (23.5ac) at the foothills of the magnificent border ranges, featuring Mr Warning as their most identifiable landmark.

As the photos above and below indicate, the location is picturesque, looking down into the Oxley River valley and the mountains beyond.

A comfortable, low-maintenance three bedroom, two bathroom rendered brick home was built in 2006, with an open floor plan kitchen/dining/lounge area making the most of the sweeping views. Plans for an extension are available.

Two large sheds are included, one including a built-in office with its own bathroom facilities.

The site has underground power and phone, and good internet access from an NBN tower on a hill across the Oxley River. Within easy access are large community of Murwillimbah and the smaller local village of Tyalgum (10 minutes). The Tweed Coast, including beautiful beaches, airport, hospitals, shopping and restaurants is only 45 minutes away.

Five small rain/spring-fed creeks run through the property, and there is also a large dam. The surrounding paddocks have been used for small-scale hay production and running a few cattle and sheep.

The deep, rich basalt soils grow a wide range of sub-tropical fruits including mangoes, pineapples and pawpaw, gingers and ornamental plants, serviced by abundant rainfall and a good quality bore delivering 50 litres/minute. Elevated water storage tanks gravity feed water across the property.

The holding would be an ideal retirement proposition for western cattle people looking to relocate to a smaller location close to the coast to enjoy their later years.

“Clean air, clean water, fertile soil, magnificent views and total peace and quiet – a great place to enjoy the retirement years,” was Dennis’s summary.

  • The property will be auctioned on September 5. Dennis himself is fielding inquiries in the first instance. Phone him on 0427 328 633 or email at He will then provide details of the marketing agent handling the sale.

Sweeping views of the border ranges from every room

The surrounding paddocks have been used for hay production, cattle and sheep

Two sheds are included, one featuring a built-in office with ensuite


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  1. john cooper, 12/08/2018

    I reciprocate Kevin’s comments having had a lot to do with Dennis in the 90s in the early stages of commputerised selling.I WISH HIM WELL.

  2. Kev Roberts, 09/08/2018

    A fair dinkum Aussie with a wicked sense of humour.Denis lived and loved the cattle business. I am honoured to have shared time around the piano, across a boardroom table , and looking at fat cattle.
    I wish Denis and Bev a long and happy life intheir next adventure

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