Blackall’s certified organic powerhouse makes $25.5m

By property editor Linda Rowley June 28, 2024

THIS week’s property review includes this wrap up of recently completed sales, and details on recent listings across the country.

 Blackall powerhouse makes $25.5m

 Liverpool Plains country makes $17m+

 $6m for Western Downs grazing

 $3.6m for Qld block offering water & grass


Blackall powerhouse makes $25.5m

A Taroom producer has paid $25.5 million for a central western Queensland certified organic breeding, backgrounding and finishing enterprise.

The 18,077ha Gowan Station, 70km south of Blackall, was offloaded by Blue Sky Beef after eight years of ownership.

Agents from Ray White Rural and RPL were unable to disclose the buyer; however, the Blackall powerhouse was passed-in at auction and sold afterwards to the highest bidder.

Gowan carries a mix of developed gidgee country growing prolific stands of buffel grass, lightly shaded Mitchell grass and coolibah creek systems and offers scope for further development with pasture and water improvements.

It is watered by 12 dams and a capped artesian bore with a reticulation system to tanks and troughs, in a 526mm annual rainfall region.

Infrastructure includes a five-bedroom home, steel cattle yards, numerous sheds and a six-stand shearing shed and quarters.

Liverpool Plains country makes $17m+

Tamalie Farms has paid $17.3 million to expand its farming operations on the south-western edge of the renowned Liverpool Plains of northern New South Wales.

It has secured the adjoining 2287ha Tuwinga, a grazing and cropping enterprise near Bundella, halfway between Quirindi and Gunnedah.

During its six-year ownership, a Chinese family trading as Mooney Pastoral has run Tuwinga as a cattle breeding and trading enterprise together with a summer and winter-crop operation.

The country on Tuwinga features alluvial creek flats to contoured farming slopes, rising to undulating hills and steeper range country associated with Moores Mountain.

Tuwinga is watered by an 8.2km Tamalie Creek frontage, four equipped bores, several unequipped bores/wells, supplemented by dams and spring-fed gullies.

Infrastructure includes two four-bedroom homes, a worker’s cottage, numerous sheds, a five-stand shearing shed, steel cattle and sheep yards.

The sale of Tuwinga was handled by Elders agents Ben Green and Chris Malone.

$6m for Western Downs grazing


Alister and Jo Persse’s Western Downs grazing enterprise with mixed farming capabilities has made more than $6 million after selling to the Frith family from St George for expansion.

The 2289ha Burumbah is 40km north-east of Toobeah and 53km from Goondiwindi, in south-west Queensland’s Goodar district.

Burumbah is suited to a sheep grazing, lamb fattening or cattle trading operation, with the ability to grow both winter and summer forage and cash crops as security.

It was offered to the market as a thoughtfully developed property with very sound improvements and excellent sheep handling facilities, backed up by a secure stock watering network that consists of piped water servicing all paddocks.

During the sale campaign, the fully exclusion fenced property was carrying a big body of feed supporting around 4000 ewes and lambs.

The productive soil types, mostly heavier grey belah and brigalow, are conducive to growing winter or summer cash and forage crops.

Burumbah is watered by 15 dams. Improvements include a four-bedroom home, workers accommodation, sheds, a five-stand shearing shed and sheep and timber yards.

Nutrien Harcourts agent Andrew Jakins handled the sale.

$3.6m for Qld block offering water and grass


Stuart and Mandy Henning have paid $3.6 million to expand with the neighbouring well-grassed and well-watered property in Queensland’s Western Downs and Maranoa regions.

The 931ha Woodlawn is located 25km south of Glenmorgan. It was sold under the hammer at auction ending 98 years of ownership by the Walton and Wakefield families.

Nutrien Harcourts agent John Malone described the result as strong for the district.

The country is mostly cleared brigalow and belah country carrying a good body of buffel and strong stands of blue grass, kangaroo grass and other natives.

The property is watered by eleven dams. Infrastructure includes a four-bedroom home, cattle yards, a two-stand shearing shed and quarters.

History, scale and diversity on sale in property listings

 Scale in NSW’s New England

 Historic Werris Creek property offers diversity

 Ogilvie family lists two picturesque northern NSW holdings

Scale for sale in NSW’s New England

Around $18 million to $20 million is anticipated for a large-scale New England grazing property owned by Will and Harriet Corlis.

The 7404ha Romani is located near Kingstown, 67km from Armidale and 81km from Tamworth in northern New South Wales.

The aggregation comprises three adjoining holdings – 2950ha Romani, 1132ha Pretty Gully and 3322ha Bald Rock, and was purchased in January 2016. It is being sold to allow the couple to downsize.

Pitt Son’s agent Andrew Blomfield reports good interest from corporates and Queensland producers seeking expansion.

“Estimated to carry 16,000DSE or 1000 cows, the current management is running 5000 Dorper ewes on an eight-month lambing cycle with all lambs being finished on pasture or grain.”

Romani has a mix of fertile trap and granite soils, with an extensive pasture improvement program benefitted by a strong fertiliser history.

Romani is situated in a 750mm average rainfall district, at the junction of the McDonald and Namoi Rivers with the property watered by a 2km frontage, spring-fed gullies and dams.

The infrastructure is described as exceptional.

During their six year ownership, the vendors have invested in new fencing, a laneway system and water infrastructure.

There are two four-bedroom homes, staff accommodation, numerous sheds, new cattle yards, a five-stand shearing shed, two steel sheep yards and two 600 tonne silos.

Romani is being offered as a whole or as three separate blocks, via expressions of interest closing on August 2.

Historic Werris Creek property offers diversity

An exceptionally well-appointed mixed cropping and grazing holding has been listed for sale on the eastern fringe of the highly regarded Liverpool Plains region of northern New South Wales.

The historic 3855ha Glen Alpine Station is located in a picturesque and secluded valley, 6km from Werris Creek.

It is one of the largest contiguous land holdings close to Tamworth (50km), as well as feedlots, abattoirs and grain receival depots.

Glen Alpine was one of a number of properties purchased by Alexander Amos in the 1880s. In 1886, he built a gracious homestead designed by Canadian-born Australian architect John Horbury Hunt which was burnt to the ground in 2014.

The property lends itself to a variety of mixed farming pursuits with the current vendors breeding, backgrounding and finishing cattle on native perennial pastures and legumes.

Around 1214ha are arable and grow winter, summer and forage crops on heavy black basalt soils and brown, black-brown and red-brown earths – the 2024 dryland cropping program includes wheat and oats.

The property is watered by six bores, the semi-permanent Werris and Chinamen's Creeks and a number of dams, supported by a 700mm annual average rainfall.

Infrastructure includes four homes, numerous sheds, cattle and sheep yards, a two-stand shearing shed, a fertiliser bunker and silos.

Glen Alpine Station is being offered by expressions of interest closing on July 25. Rural Sales Australia agent Patrick Hurley and Davidson Cameron and Co agent Simon Burke are handling the sale.

Ogilvie family lists picturesque northern NSW holding

Inquiry from Victoria to Queensland is being reported for a picturesque grazing property in the highly regarded New England region of northern New South Wales.

Te-Angie is situated near the top of the Clarence River catchment, between 1000m to 1250m above sea level, in a 909mm average annual rainfall area.

The 2809ha property located near Wongwibinda, 33km west of Ebor and 50km east of Guyra has been listed by Richard Ogilvie and family, the 2809ha

It focusses on commercial beef production but previously, the Hereford cattle stud operated alongside a prime lamb enterprise running 1000 ewes.

Mr MacDougall said the carrying capacity can be increased with further improvement and fencing.

The landscape is largely shaped by watercourses, creeks and gullies, supported by frontage to the Copes, Fishington and Dead Horse Creeks, as well as several dams.

Infrastructure includes two homes, a cottage, two sheep yards, a four-stand shearing shed, two cattle yards and numerous sheds.

The expressions of interest campaign for Te-Angie closes on July 25.


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