NSW grazing block ‘Checkers’ sells with $30m price tag

Property editor Linda Rowley, May 19, 2023

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

 $30m for NSW sustainable grazing platform

 Sydney family buys Southern Tablelands grazing block

$30m for NSW sustainable grazing platform


A SOUTHERN New South Wales family farming business with existing sheep and cattle interests is believed to have paid around $30m for the landmark property Checkers on the Central Tablelands of New South Wales.

The 3817 hectares, 32km from Canowindra and 45km from Orange, were offered for the first time in 45 years by the Mathieu family.

Sam Triggs from Inglis Rural Property was unable to disclose the buyer or the price paid, but at the time of marketing Checkers was being offered with a $30m price guide.

Mr Triggs said the buyer interest was strong.

“The sale campaign generated interest from a diverse buying bench with interest from numerous domestic investors, including family farming outfits, and corporate buyers seeking scale and reliability.”

Some Checkers sheep move off water in February this year.

Mr Triggs said there were around 15 inspections from 65 to 70 enquiries.

“At the close of the expressions of interest campaign, there were competitive bids showing good depth in the market for quality holdings.”

During the Mathieu family’s ownership, Checkers had transitioned from a traditional high input commercial grazing enterprise to a regenerative low input sustainable grazing platform.

It is operated as a wool and beef production platform conservatively carrying 26,000 and 28,000 dry sheep equivalents.

Under the Mathieu’s management, Checkers was running 3500 Merino ewes, 2000 wethers, 3000 hoggets, 1600 first cross ewes and 350 breeding beef cows plus weaners.

The versatile grazing country features heavy red clay loam and black basalt soils with a perennial pasture base of native and introduced species.

Checkers fronts the Canomodine and Canongle Creeks and the Panuara Rivulet. It has a large network of dams and nearly all paddocks are serviced by at least one dam and/or creek water.

Sydney family buys Southern Tablelands grazing block

A family from Sydney has paid $3.625m for the Masterton family’s productive grazing property on the New South Wales’ Southern Tablelands.

The 343ha Wallaroobie is located at Parkesbourne, 25km west of Goulburn and 98km from Canberra.

The cattle breeding and finishing enterprise, which is also suited to sheep and prime lambs, sits on top of the Great Dividing Range at the headwaters of the Lachlan River.

The gently undulating to flat arable grazing land is securely watered by seven dams, a bore and double frontage to the Wollogorang Creek.

Wallaroobie is fenced into 13 paddocks and has an estimated carrying capacity of 2500DSE.

Wallaroobie sheep move in to get a drink.

Properties for sale across Victoria and New South Wales

Recently listed and notable relistings are included in the properties for sale across Victoria and New South Wales.

 $65m for institutional grade asset in Victoria’s Western Districts

 Scale and high rainfall in southern NSW tipped to make $50m

 Coventry family lists two signature northern NSW holdings

 Three NSW western division holdings offer diversity

 New England grazing listed for $40m

 $9.5m price tag for New England’s Lindon

$65m for scale in Victoria’s Western District

Mondilibi sheep head out to pasture.

MORE than $65m is anticipated for a turnkey institutional grade aggregation in Victoria’s renowned Western District.

The historic Mondilibi Aggregation, comprising the adjoining 1805ha Mondilibi and the 1425ha Manooka, is located 12km north of Mortlake.

The United Kingdom-based Down Ampney Corporation, that has aggregated Mondilibi since the 1970s, has decided to reposition its portfolio.

During its ownership, the company invested significantly into improving pastures through soil amelioration and extensive annual fertiliser applications.

It also redesigned the paddock layout and laneway systems for greater pasture use and invested in livestock genetics, water development and well positioned purpose-built infrastructure.

The high-performing livestock production enterprise is running a 17,400-head composite ewe flock, in addition to 830 beef breeders.

Nick Myer and Rob Rickard from Elders, who have been appointed to sell the 3230ha aggregation, said Mondilibi is regarded as one of the Western District’s most productive investment scale assets.

“It is ideally positioned to key livestock and grain export pathways and underpinned by an excellent natural resource base, with a considerable revenue stream due to be realised via the proposed Mt Fyans wind farm.”

Mr Rickard said the Mondilibi Aggregation offers purchasers a stand-alone investment or a valuable addition to an existing agricultural portfolio – with its high and reliable rainfall offering buyers geographic diversity.

Mr Myer is anticipating a strong level of interest from a range of buyer profiles including local farming families to domestic and international corporate and institutional investors.

Quality working improvements include modern sheep and cattle handling facilities, a five-stand woolshed, extensive machinery, hay, sundry shedding and workshops, plus more than 1000 tonnes of grain storage.

The aggregation also features the Mondilibi and Manooka homesteads and four staff residences.

The Monbilibi Aggregation is being offered for sale on a walk-in walk-out basis or as a whole or as two separate contingent assets (Mondilibi and Manooka).

The first stage of the two-stage expressions of interest process closes on July 5.

Scale and high rainfall in southern NSW tipped to make $50m

Warradale is well-equipped for livestock handling.

Producers seeking scale and high rainfall can secure 2775 hectares of highly productive grazing and mixed farming country on New South Wales’ Southern Tablelands for around $50m.

On offer are two neighbouring properties located 22km from Yass and 91km from Canberra.

The 1342ha Warradale has been held by Alex and Angus Metcalfe since 2021.

LAWD director Col Medway said the couple is selling after securing a neighbouring property in Galong.

“The property has returned to market because adjoining country became available for the Metcalfe family at Galong.

“Selling Warradale wasn’t on the agenda, with the vendors recently constructing a brand new four-stand shearing shed and yards.”

The undulating country has a long history of cattle and sheep breeding, and can comfortably support 12,000DSE. It is well-appointed with fit for purpose operational improvements for both enterprise types.

Warradale benefits from significant investment in the pasture base that includes 790ha of highly improved native perennial grasses and clovers. It is situated in a reliable non-seasonal rainfall area of 716mm, and supported by dams with extensive catchments and two creeks.

It is being offered for sale by expressions of interest closing on June 8 and is expected to make more than $19m. There is opportunity for more scale, with LAWD also appointed to sell the neighbouring 1452ha property Killarney for $30m.

The property is currently held by Will Kelly; however, it once formed part of Merillea North, whose previous owners included the McWilliams Wines and Merriman families.

Killarney’s 1230 hectares of high quality arable free-draining red granite soils have been recently sown back to pasture and are running 22,000DSE.

The quality structural improvements were undertaken by Mr Kelly eight years ago and include a new shearing shed, cattle yards, new laneways and water.

Col Medway said the well-balanced mixed farming country would complement Warradale – with two high quality operational hubs at either end.

Coventry family lists two signature northern NSW holdings

After 40 years of ownership, the Coventry family is selling two highly regarded northern New South Wales grazing assets spanning almost 5000 hectares.

The 2573ha Laura Station and the nearby 2237ha Glanmire are 10km from Bundarra, 55km from Inverell and 65km from Armidale.

Held since the mid-1980s, Laura Station was one of a number of New England properties acquired by the late fine wool grower Sperry Coventry.

Over the last decade, the family has been divesting some of its substantial agricultural assets.

The Laura and Glanmire Stations yard layout from the air.

Laura Station is one of the region’s signature properties that was selected in 1837 by William Smith. It was named after the Laura Creek that runs through the property. Its gently undulating and open country is suitable for breeding, backgrounding and fattening cattle and/or sheep.

The property can carry around 23,000DSE on a self-replacing basis, however numbers could be lifted by changing the pasture species and grazing techniques.

Most of the country is arable with the Coventry family undertaking a regime of pasture improvement and fertiliser topdressing during their tenure.

The western fall country is reliably watered by Laura Creek, numerous dams and bores.

The nearby 2237ha Glanmire is currently managed with Laura Station; however, it could also be operated as a standalone enterprise.

Like Laura Station, the country is gently undulating and open, with well-grassed and well-sheltered paddocks equally suited to turning off heavy weight weaners or backgrounding. Glanmire features Gwydir River frontage, supported by the Two Mile Creek and several dams.

Bruce Birch from Ray White Rural expects major family operators, corporates and semi corporates will be attracted to the scale of the holding, that is difficult to find in the New England area.

Laura and Glanmire Stations are being offered as a whole or individually via expressions of interest closing on June 9.

Three NSW western division holdings offer diversity

David Russell from Nutrien Russell Property and Livestock has listed three mixed farming and grazing properties in New South Wales’ Western Division.


THIS highly-regarded, soft sweet heavy carrying country on the Bokhara River is being offered for sale by Garrie and Rita Turnbull after five years of ownership.

The 8935ha Bundabulla is an original soldier settlement lease block on one title situated 50km north of Brewarrina in north-west New South Wales.

The Turnbulls purchased the property during the drought for agistment and are now selling to improve their other country south of Brewarrina on the Bogan River.

The block is situated in a 400mm rainfall area, and is generally flat open plains with highly fertile, heavy carrying grey and black soils.

Low-lying areas grow Mitchell and coolah grasses, saltbush, bluebush, copper and jelly burrs, as well as a huge body of clover and herbages in season.

Bundabulla is rated to carry 5539DSE or 0.62 DSE per hectare with the vendors running 3000 ewes plus 160 Santa Gertrudis cows and followers.

Water is supplied by a cap and pip bore that exclusively supplies Bundabulla, 5km of dual frontage to the Bokhara River that provides seasonal flows, the Yamba Creek floodout system and 14 dams. Improvements include a six-stand shearing shed and steel sheep and cattle yards.

Bundabulla will be auctioned on June 14.


AFTER four years ownership, Rowan Glover has listed his mixed grazing and farming operation at Hermidale for $6.2m.

The 4450ha Karinya is situated 35km north-east of Nymagee and 85km south-west of Nyngan.

During his tenure, Mr Glover has undertaken a massive improvement program including new dams and yards and clearing fence lines.

Karinya is situated at the headwall of the Whitbarrow Creek System that disperses across the property and provides beneficial flooding. Although the property has not been farmed this year, around 3600 hectares are arable. It is growing a large variety of natural Summer and Winter herbages that can support 3000DSE and is currently running 4500 Dorper ewes and followers.

Mr Russell said Karinya features Dorper proof fencing, good water and great access to the sealed Hermidale and Nymagee roads.


After 46 years ownership, the Currans family has listed the 3488ha Mangalore for $6.2m after it failed to sell at auction.

Mangalore is situated 19km south of Hermidale and 65km south-west of Nyngan – close to the diverse breeding and cropping aggregation Rewa that the Currans sold in March for $6m.

The country is undulating with soft red and chocolate soils and is heavily grassed with natural pastures, including good stands of buffel grass.

It benefits from the Whitbarrow and local creek flood out systems, as well as 10 dams and a bore.

Apart from sheltered tree lines, most of the property is arable and clean, but has not been farmed for five years. Neighbouring properties are growing wheat and oats.

Mangalore is currently carrying a good body of dry feed that can run 350 cows and followers and seasonal sheep but is presently destocked. Improvements include a four-stand shearing shed, steel sheep and cattle yards, and a grain storage shed.

New England grazing listed for $40m

A large-scale grazing opportunity in New South Wales’ New England has returned to the market with a $40 million (bare) price tag.

Ben Green from Elders, who is handling the sale of Meldon Park, said the vendor’s expectations were not met following an expressions of interest campaign that attracted institutional investors and high net worth family operators.

The Meldon Park sheep and cattle yards are well laid out.

The 5762 hectares are located at Uralla, close to abattoirs and feedlots, in a highly regarded and reliable (810mm to 865mm) rainfall region suited to sheep and cattle breeding.

The holding has been aggregated by vendor John Kennedy over the past 25 years and can run more than 30,000 dry sheep equivalents with potential to increase numbers by developing the pastures.

The country features mostly wide valley floors to gently undulating rolling hills growing abundant feed. The soils comprise soft granite and traprock with basalt outcrops.

The well-watered property enjoys a 7km double frontage to Honeysuckle Creek, a 4km double frontage to Morses Creek, numerous other creeks and spring fed gullies and around 113 dams.

The fencing on Meldon Park is described as good to excellent and it has quality structural improvements.

$9.5m price tag for New England’s Lindon

The Beynon family’s New England grazing property Lindon has been listed for $9.5m after failing to sell at auction.

Lindon is well-situated to take advantage of any livestock markets at Balala, being 22km from Uralla and 46km from Armidale.

The undulating grazing country spans 1696ha, and features mostly granite soils growing improved and native grasses. It is running 11,000DSE.

In the past, Lindon consistently turned off prime grass, fattened weaners and heavy lambs. It was also well-known for producing superfine Merino wool.

Water is a feature; there are 21 dams (many of which are spring-fed), two bores (one equipped) and access to the reliable Honeysuckle and Morses Creeks.

The property is well fenced and subdivided into 30 paddocks allowing for a rotational grazing system.

Lachlan Cullen Ray White Rural said Lindon offers the capacity to further increase production.

Lindon Merinos grazing on native pastures.


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