Movement at the station: Recent property listings of note

Property editor Linda Rowley, 18/10/2019

There’s been unprecedented interest in historic grazing and farming property Curry Flat in NSW’s tightly held Monaro district

This week’s property review includes this summary of recent listings, and a separate article on recent property sales of note across the country.

  • Monaro history up for grabs
  • Thargomindah’s Autumnvale on the spring market
  • Good season on Quilpie’s Gooyea
  • Passed in: Oakvale Station awaits rain

Monaro history up for grabs

There’s been unprecedented interest in an historic grazing and farming property in New South Wales’ tightly held Monaro district which is expected to achieve between $4 million and $4.4 million.

After being held by five generations of the Jardine family, the 1262ha Curry Flat block, pictured above, is being carved off the original station by Hamish and Liz Jardine.

It features the slab home of William Jardine, who arrived in Australia from Scotland in 1841, and the grander, architect-designed country mansion built in 1866.

Curry Flat is located 10 minutes west of Nimmitabel and 35 minutes south of Cooma.

It boasts fertile and productive black alluvial basalt and chocolate basalt soils, four kilometres of double frontage to the Bobundara Creek, as well as two smaller creeks, a bore and 10 dams.

Selling agent David Webster said inquiry was coming from locals and outside the district.

“There’s interest from those seeking expansion and those setting up family members. It is beautiful, versatile country equally suited to cattle, Merino wool production and prime lambs. Ample areas of the property are arable, allowing for a successful cash and fodder cropping program,” he said.

Curry Flat is being auctioned on October 29 by Webster Nolan Real Estate and Monaro Livestock and Property.

Autumnvale on the spring market

After 37 years, Roly and Brigitte Hughes are hoping their Thargomindah (far Western Queensland) grazing property Autumnvale will sell to a young family.

The recently listed operation has a $4 million pricetag and is located 40km from Thargomindah and 181km from Quilpie.

Boasting a 25km frontage to the Bulloo River, Autumnvale is renowned for its breeding and fattening capabilities.

In April, 80 percent of its Bulloo River flood plains were flooded, and this has resulted in beautiful feed, both grasses and herbages, including clover.

The 43,277 hectares consists of channel country, soft and sandy mulga and mulga undulating with swamps.

A large variety of grasses and herbages and salines grow across Autumnvale including Mitchell, blue bush, clovers, pigweed, lamb’s tongue, gidgee burr, mulga Mitchell and mulga oats.

It has a shared artesian bore feeding 10 tanks and 15 troughs and three equipped sub artesian bores servicing three tanks and six troughs.

Autumnvale has a carrying capacity of around 2000 mixed cattle or 10,000 sheep and 300 cows, depending on the season. The Hughes’s are currently running 400 heifers as they wind-down their operations in preparation for retirement to Goondiwindi.

The sale of Autumnvale is being handled by Tony Lilburne from Ruralco.

Boasting a 25km frontage to the Bulloo River, Autumnvale is renowned for its breeding and fattening capabilities.

Good season on Quilpie’s Gooyea

Also in far western Queensland, Elders has listed the large Quilpie district grazing property Gooyea Station for auction later this month.

Gooyear covers almost 134,000ha 170km north of Quilpie, and 270km from Blackall. Currently experiencing an excellent season after 350mm of rain since March, the property has further development potential to increase carrying capacity.

The country is divided into 11 main paddocks with main yards and mustering yards. Water is provided by large permanent and semi-permanent waterholdes, three equipped bores and dams.

Country is mostly mulga box and ironbark, with areas of gidgee and brigalow. Feed includes fresh mulga, native grasses, areas of buffel and herbages in season.

About 2000 cattle are included in the sale.

Elders David Vohland is handling the auction, taking place in Roma on 25 October.

About 2000 mostly Brahman cross cattle are included in the sale of Quilpie’s Gooyea.

Passed in : Oakvale Station awaits rain

South Australia’s Oakvale Station is on the market for between $4 million and $4.4 million after passing in on a vendor’s bid of $3.7 million at auction recently.

The 77,181ha property is centrally located 200km from Burra, 160km from Renmark and 190km from Broken Hill in New South Wales.

It is ideally suited to sheep breeding or cattle, as well as feral goats. While it has a pastoral board rating of 8000 sheep, it is conservatively stocked with 3500 ewes plus 2000 weaners and lambs.

The country is a productive balance of blue bush with a mix of black oak, mulga and cassia.

A feature is the major water courses, natural lakes and swamp catchment areas, clovers and grass in season. It is also watered by 17 dams, two equipped bores and 60km of poly pipe to tanks and troughs.

Since taking ownership of Oakvale three years ago, vendors Scott and Kaylene Loader have spent significant funds upgrading the fencing and the water infrastructure, as well as renovating the homestead.

Marty Deacon from Elders said potential buyers are waiting for rain.

The country on South Australia’s Oakvale is a productive balance of blue bush with a mix of black oak, mulga and cassia.

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