Clarevaulx, Mellool stations head latest NSW sales

Linda Rowley, May 24, 2024

Mellool Station features Murray River frontage. Photo: Nutrien Harcourts BR & C

AMONG the latest New South Wales sales to settle are two stations, Clarevaulx in the New England and Mellool in the Riverina, and the Brooklands Aggregation in the Central West.

Clarevaulx Station

A Queensland family has expanded its northern NSW footprint, paying $32.775 million for the historic New England property Clarevaulx Station.

Offered for the first time in 123 years by the McIntosh family, Clarevaulx achieved $9237/ha bare, a record for the Glen Innes region.

The 3548ha holding is situated 10km north of Glen Innes and 64km from Inverell.

The country comprises 1550ha of open grazing running 24,000DSE, 1000ha of premium deep basalt and alluvial cultivation, and 1000ha of gently undulating cultivation suited to fodder cropping and further development.

The New England’s Clarevaulx Station includes 2000ha suited to cultivation. Photo: Ray White Rural

Situated in a 901mm annual average rainfall region, Clarevaulx Station is well watered by the Reddestone, Reedy and Five Mile creeks, as well as a number of dams.

Infrastructure includes a circa-1860s four-bedroom homestead with some original features, three machinery sheds, a workshop, 600 tonnes of grain storage, a six-stand shearing shed, two sheep yards, and two cattle yards.

Ray White Rural agent Geoff Hayes handled the sale of Clarevaulx Station.

Mellool Station

A neighbour has paid around $10M for a southern Riverina mixed-farming enterprise.

Offered by the retiring Martin family after 50 years of ownership, the 4140ha Mellool Station is located 26km east of Swan Hill in Victoria’s north-west.

Nutrien Harcourts BR & C agent Joe O’Reilly described the transaction as one of the major property sales in the region in recent years.

While he was unable to disclose the purchaser or the price, when listed in March, Mellool Station was offered with a price guide of more than $10M.


The well-watered property has 7km of Murray River frontage, in addition to frontages to Bullockhide Creek and Waddy Creek.

More than 1200ha is laid out to irrigated rice, cereals and pastures, with the balance running 4000 ewes.

Mellool Station was offered with 32ML of stock and domestic water and 30ML of general security water plus basic landholder rights.

Infrastructure includes a four-bedroom circa-1875 home, a three-bedroom home on the Murray River, a six-stand shearing shed, three sheep yards, three cattle yards, numerous sheds and 340t of grain storage.

Brooklands Aggregation

Close to $7M ($5435/ha) has been paid by a neighbour for a mixed-farming operation in the Central West.

The 1266ha Brooklands was aggregated over 20 years by Edwin Nash and comprises three adjoining holdings: 445ha Brooklands; 229ha Woodlands, and 592ha Musk Bush.

Located 25km south of Peak Hill and 36km north-west of Parkes, the properties have a northerly aspect and are flood safe.

Around one third of the 1266ha Brooklands is red country.

Around one third of the country consists of red soils, with the balance running into mulching and darker soils currently growing cereals and a range of pastures including lucerne, medics and clovers.

Situated in a 525mm annual rainfall region, the property is well watered by dams and seasonal creek flows.

The sale was conducted privately but when it was listed in June last year, the layout and access were described as a feature.

Brooklands is roughly square and most paddocks are straight-sided and farmed on 12m and 36m tramlines.

All paddocks front one of four solid grain exit tracks which lead on to 8km of road-train route with double road frontage.

Operating infrastructure includes three haysheds, a machinery shed, two steel sheep yards and a shearing shed.


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