THIS week’s property review includes this wrap-up of interesting recent listings across the country, and a separate article covering recently completed sales of note.
- $30m expected for Kimberley station with cattle
- Historic Qld aggregation listed for $18m
- Versatile NT fodder operations to test the market
- Scenic Victorian grazing likely to make more than $10m
- $10.4m for Maranoa backgrounding country
- Well-watered south western Qld country
- Breeding, backgrounding and fattening on Qld’s Langlo River
- Diverse Bollon property fully exclusion fenced
- Tightly held Diamantina Channel Country goes to auction
- Low-cost breeder operations at Bingara
$30m expected for Kimberley station with cattle
More than $30 million is anticipated for the 221,408ha Jubilee Downs in Western Australia’s Kimberley, being offered with around 11,500 Droughtmaster cattle.
Located 90km from Fitzroy Crossing, Jubilee Downs, pictured above, was settled in 1880 by the McLarty and Rose families.
Today, it is owned by the Jubilee Downs Pastoral Co formed by Texas billionaire and environmentalist Edward Bass and Keith and Karen Anderson.
Jubilee comprises Quanbun Downs which was acquired in 1975 and Jubilee Downs which was purchased in 1987. The two are run as one entity under the stewardship of the Andersons.
The country features the unique Alexander Island, formed where the Fitzroy river splits into two creating a 40,500ha flood plain of rich dark self-mulching alluvial loam, reminiscent of the best QLD plains country.
Around half the property comprises various forms of alluvial plains and/or river system rangelands, with the balance mainly Pindan country with woodlands and shrublands.
The Fitzroy River northern branch runs through the property, while the southern branch forms the property’s south boundary. In total, Jubilee has almost 90km of river access, with some huge pools of permanent water.
Greg Smith from Elders said the vendors are to be congratulated on their rangelands management and dedication to breeding quality Droughtmaster cattle.
“The Anderson’s management has been recognised by the North Australia Beef Research Council with Keith Anderson taking out a ‘Producer of the Year’ award, a well-deserved recognition of his commitment to the cattle industry and outstanding management practices.”
Mr Smith said the cattle on Jubilee were magnificently bred.
“The Droughtmasters have an excellent reputation for performance and are highly sought after by live exporters, feeders and processors,” he said.
The sale of Jubilee Downs is likely to attract corporates who are already established in the Kimberley. Here are some potential suiters:
- Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting, which operates nearby 394,000ha Fossil Downs and 450,000ha Liveringa and Nerrima
- Kerry Stokes (4050sq km Leopold Downs, 80,000ha Fairfield and 4047sq km Napier Downs Station)
- Malcolm Harris’ Cleveland Agriculture (7082sq km Gogo Station which adjoins Jubilee Downs to the east)
- Adelaide-based advisory firm Agrify Investment Group’s Consolidated Australian Pastoral Holdings (395,000ha Moola Bulla, 260,000ha Mount Amhurst, 206,000ha Beefwood Park and 178,000ha Shamrock Station)
- Vietnam-based investment group Clean Agriculture & International Tourism (1000sq km Argyle Downs).
Due to COVID-19, the expression of interest process for Jubilee Downs will be conducted in two stages, with the first closing on June 4.
Historic Qld aggregation listed for $18m
Elders is asking $18 million for one of southern Queensland’s most historic pastoral aggregations.
The iconic Terrica Aggregation spanning 15,990ha is to be offered as a whole or in two contiguous holdings – the 7005ha Terrica Station and the 8985ha Currajong.
Located 56km north west of Stanthorpe and 94km south west of Warwick, in the state’s south-east, the highly productive, undulating open grass country and alluvial creeks flats can carry 36,000 dry sheep equivalents.
The property was once part of the admired CSR Pastoral group of properties.
It was settled in the mid-1800s by the influential pastoralist and pioneering McLeod family whose purebred Merino stud became renowned for its superfine wool production.
In fact, the McLeods hosted numerous government officials and members of British Royal Family during their ownership of the property.
Ideally suited to grazing, sheep have traditionally continued to be the station’s main enterprise, with diversification into beef cattle in later years.
In 1982 Currajong was purchased by Rick and Louise Goodrich and in 2004 they acquired Terrica Station.
Continuing the legacy of fine wool production, the owners successfully maintained and developed the property to uphold the fine reputation as one of southern Queensland’s leading pastoral enterprises. In the early 2000s, the Goodrich family produced a record $1m bale of 11.9 micron ultra-fine wool.
Key features of the Terrica Aggregation include a classic five-bedroom Federation style homestead circa 1907, 355 tonnes of grain storage and 109km of newly constructed exclusion fencing.
Water is secured by 60 surface dams, spring-fed creeks and a fully reticulated trough system.
In 2014 the property was acquired by the current vendor LCP Terrica, owned by William Lempriere and Stirling McGregor who co-chair Lempriere Capital (a corporate advisory and private investment group).
Terrica Aggregation has been listed for sale with Nick Myer and Andrew Williams of Elders Real Estate, with expressions of interest closing on June 25.
Versatile NT fodder operations to test the market
Central Australia’s highly versatile fodder operations Oolloo Farm and Territory Grape Farm could test the Northern Territory property market, with some expecting the assets to make $15 million.
Roy Chisholm, the former owner of Napperby Station, is offloading the two freehold production properties as a package on a walk-in, walk-out basis.
They are situated 13km apart in the Ti Tree region and are two hours north east of Alice Springs.
The area is considered as one of the most controlled crop growing environments of Australia. With plenty of sunshine and warmth the growing seasons are longer, growing time is shorter, controlled watering, minimal weed and pest control is required and biosecurity is optimum.
The 1047ha Oolloo Farm, with a ground water extraction licence of 1000 megalitres, has 154 hectares under six newly installed pivots that allow the operator to monitor each remotely.
The 2144ha Territory Grape Farm boasts a 2000 megalitre ground water extraction licence with 60ha under two pivots.
Mr Chisolm, who has owned Oolloo Farm and Territory Grape Farm since 2017, said they are highly efficient and streamlined fodder production operations.
Fodder production has been underway for just under five years. Combined, the two properties produce about 15,000 tonnes of a fodder a year supplying Northern Territory pastoral properties extending south of Alice Springs and north to the Katherine region.
Olivia Thompson from Landmark Harcourts said the soil types and the available irrigation water provided an endless range of agricultural or horticultural pursuits, which may wish to be undertaken as further production opportunities.
Expression of interest for the Oolloo Farm and Territory Grape Farm close on May 28.
Scenic Victorian grazing asset anticipates more than $10m
More than $10 million is expected for a prominent grazing and farming operation in Victoria’s Murrindindi region.
Nestled in the lush foothills of the Black Range and straddling Middle and Godfrey’s Creeks, Kaloomah raises cattle on 914ha of improved pastures with native box tree and red gum woodlands.
The property, located near Gobur, 160km north of Melbourne, has been run by three generations of the Lane family since 1970.
Formerly home to the Kaloomah Hereford Stud, the country is suited to cattle, sheep, cropping, horticulture or equine pursuits. The carrying capacity is estimated at 13,000 DSE.
The portfolio comprises three contiguous land holdings – 523ha Kaloomah, 169ha Banool and 221ha Lewis’s – boasting spectacular views of the Black Ranges and the Cathedral Ranges.
The country features a balance of productive and versatile soil profiles, ranging from rich alluvial creek flats rising to heavier clay loam in the undulating grazing areas.
An abundance of water is supplied by 44 catchment dams, 166,000 litres of rainwater storage and dual frontage to Middle and Godfrey Creeks.
Kaloomah is being offered as a whole by Elders, with expressions of interest closing on May 28.
$10.4m for Maranoa backgrounding country
There has been steady inquiry from across eastern Australia for the Maranoa backgrounding property Boondarra which has been listed for $10.4 million.
Located 91km south west of Roma in southern Queensland, the 9423ha property is attracting interest from New South Wales to northern Australia.
Rob Wildermuth from Ray White Rural said interested parties were looking for scale, quality and improvements.
“Boondarra can carry 1250 backgrounders, 250 breeders plus 1000 sheep and goats. The most likely buyer will be a grazing family looking to expand, a northern cattle producer looking for fattening or finishing country, or a sheep producer,” he said.
The country has a reasonable level landscape, with 6879ha densely grassed with buffel, Mitchell and Flinders grasses along with herbages.
There is 404ha of Tartulla Creek country which floods out in larger floods.
Boondarra has a shared bore, 11 earth dams and the Tartulla Creek provides semi-permanent water holes.
Most of the fencing has been renewed in the last 10 years, with all but 8km exclusion fenced.
Vendors Louwrens and Emma Smit have been running Boondarra as a backgrounding operation, but have decided to retire and return to Western Australia.
Ray White Rural’s promotional video for Boondarra.
Well-watered south western Qld country
There has been strong inquiry for Quilpie’s Yambutta, a south west Queensland grazing property with a strong local reputation.
Yambutta is situated 70km west of Quilpie on the Grass Hut Channels which flood into the Kyabra Basin.
Spanning 41,083ha, 70 percent of the country is soft, open and lightly shaded grass country and watercourses.
The red, grey and black soils grow a diverse mix of natural grasses combined with productive herbages in season.
Seven creek and channel systems flood out across Yambutta and when there is a good season, buffel grass grows prolifically.
The remaining 30pc of the property features soft mulga country with good stands of low and pulled mulga.
Mick and Hayley Hughes, who have owned the property since 2014, estimate the property can carry 1000 cows or up to 16,000 DSE.
Darryl Langton from Nutrien Harcourts said there had been good interest from locals and producers from Queensland and the southern states.
“Yambutta is a diverse property that can run cattle or sheep or a mix of both. There haven’t been many large-scale western Qld properties change hands in the last 12 to 18 months, so the auction process will determine the selling price,” he said.
Yambutta will be auctioned by Darryl Langton from Nutrien Harcourts on July 13.
Breeding, backgrounding and fattening on Qld’s Langlo River
The Langlo River breeding, backgrounding and fattening property Nungil, in Queensland’s south west, will be auctioned on June 17 by Elders Real Estate.
Located 130km north west of Charleville and 140km south Tambo, Nungil spans 14,524ha of flat to gently undulating country that runs 800 breeders with progeny to weaning age.
There are about 2225ha of low edible mulga (with a good area of standing mulga reserves) and 405ha of highly productive flooded lake country.
The Langlo River, which fronts the western boundary of the property, has two permanent and seasonal waterholes.
There are also four sub-artesian bores, as well as 31km of new boundary fencing and 30km of new internal fences.
Selling agent Keith Richardson said Nungil has had a good summer and is presenting with a good body of feed after 230mm since Christmas.
After 39 years on Nungil, Rob and Robyn O’Sullivan are selling to retire. The property is being offered bare of stock and plant.
Diverse Bollon property fully exclusion fenced
Louise Harris from Barraba in northern New South Wales has decided to downsize and sell her southern Queensland operation Whyenbirra.
Louise and her late husband Wilf ran the Kaputar Pastoral Co – a Wagyu stud (based in Barraba) and a commercial Wagyu operation across their properties in Queensland and NSW.
The Harris family used Whyenbirra predominately to grow out their yearlings and for additional breeding.
The fully exclusion fenced property offers safe and reliable bore water, and a mix of buffel and flood-out country.
Suited to cattle, sheep and/or goats, the 14,357ha holding is situated 60km south of Bollon and 130km south west of St George.
The country comprises 75pc deep red loamy soil and 25pc deep grey flood-out country, which benefitted from recent flooding from the Wallam Creek and carries a large body of fresh feed. Water is a feature with the Whyenbirra share bore suppling five properties, as well as 18 tanks and 38 troughs.
In season, Whyenbirra has carried up to 1500 cows. Over the past 12 months it has been destocked and has recovered from drought with an excellent body of feed, predominately buffel and herbages.
Ruralco’s Nick Dunsdon said there had been good inquiry from locals and other parts of Queensland for expansion and for breeding and backgrounding country.
Whyenbirra will be auctioned online on June 18.
Tightly held Diamantina Channel Country goes to auction
Tightly held Diamantina Channel Country will be auctioned bare by Kennedy Rural on May 29.
Located 175km south west of Winton or 220km east of Boulia, Cambeela is a 19,236ha bullock fattening operation which selling agent Jack Kennedy said would make an ideal weaner depot.
Cambeela combines scenic outback landscapes and efficient production capability with sprawling billabongs, high-producing flooded Channel Country, and Mitchell grass downs.
It is watered by two permanent billabongs (one that stretches 7km and is 9.5m deep), along with numerous semi-permanent billabongs that last between six and 12 months.
Mr Kennedy said Cambeela is capable of breeding, backgrounding or fattening 1500 adult equivalents.
“It features 3644ha of Cadell and Diamantina Channel system, which is renowned fattening country capable of growing fattening feed from beneficial flooding without rain,” he said.
Owned by Les and Margaret Deen for almost 20 years, the sale of Cambeela will enable the couple to retire.
Low-cost breeder operations at Bingara
Inglis Rural Property has listed Bingara’s 2780ha Niambar and Allambie, in northern New South Wales, with a $2.2 million ($791/ha) price guide.
Situated near Keera, 45km from Bingara and 76km from Inverell, the two contiguous landholdings – 1930ha Niambar and 850ha Allambie – are low-cost breeder operations currently operated as a beef and sheep enterprise.
Together they have a demonstrated carrying capability of up to 4700 dry sheep equivalents plus rangeland goat harvesting, with scope for further development.
The country features interspersed creek flats and small valleys rising to timbered ridges.
Water is provided by nine bores supplying a network of tanks and 21 troughs, backed by 20 dams and two semi-permanent creeks.
Niambar and Allambie, owned by Marlene and Karl Dehaen, adjoin the 1724ha breeder block Cluny which is currently on the market with Moree Real Estate for $4.26 million ($2471/ha). Together they once formed part of Bingara’s historic Keera Station.
Niambar and Allambie are being offered for sale by expressions of interest closing on June 11.