WA listings offer cropping scope with grazing option

Linda Rowley, August 25, 2023

The Echidna Ridge Aggregation comprises five adjoining properties in the Great Southern region. Photo: Ray White Rural WA

TWO offerings in the Albany zone, the Echidna Ridge Aggregation and the Pearce family’s holdings, Gnargagin in the Kwinana North zone, and Wattle Grove north of Geraldton zone, are among the latest farms to list in Western Australia.

All four listings are well set up for cropping and also have shearing sheds and sheep yards, with Echidna Ridge also having a sheep feedlot.


Offers above $10 million are being sought for a broadacre cropping property in the Central Midlands region of Western Australia.

The 4331ha Gnargagin is located 14km north-east of Watheroo and 54km from Moora.

The gently undulating country has mostly yellow sandplain soils and sand over gravels in 20 well-fenced paddocks.

Around 3521ha, or 82 percent, is arable and suited to a cereal, lupin and canola crop rotation or a wheat-fallow system.

In previous years, applications of lime sand and deep ripping have been undertaken.

Canola growing on Gnargagin. Photo: Elders

Gnargagin has a history of running sheep and cattle and is rated to run 4500 ewes and lambs.

Situated in a 411mm reliable rainfall region, Gnargagin means “place of water” in the Noongar language, and features 21 soaks with water reticulated across the property by solar pumps.

The infrastructure includes a five-bedroom home, numerous sheds, a four-stand shearing shed, new 3500-head capacity sheep yards, four liquid fertiliser tanks, and grain silos.

Elders agents Courtney Keeffe and Simon Cheetham are handling the sale of Gnargagin as a whole or as five separate parcels, with offers to purchase closing on September 17.

Wattle Grove

Meantime, Mr Keeffe is offering to the market a broadacre block in WA’s northern wheatbelt for $3.15M.

The 3194ha Wattle Grove is located 35km from Binnu and 90km from Northampton.

The strong York gum country has a balance of mallee red loams, tamar sands and yellow sandplain soils.

Around 2846ha, or 89pc, of the flat-to-gently undulating property is arable and suited to cereal, lupin, canola and rotational cropping or a wheat-fallow system.

There are large open and efficient paddocks for modern farming practices with the potential to further increase productivity with soil amelioration and pH adjustment.

The property has three bores, two of which are unequipped.

Wattle Grove is being sold with a range of sheds, four grain silos, a four-stand shearing shed, and sheep yards.

Echidna Ridge Aggregation

Five adjoining properties in WA’s Great Southern region have been listed for sale by Ray White Rural WA.

The 5937ha Echidna Ridge Aggregation near Pingrup is described as a well-established enterprise set up for both cropping and grazing.

Agent Kate Jefferies reports good enquiry across all property listings heading into the spring selling period.

The country on Echidna Ridge is slightly undulating and the soils range from heavier loamy clays to loamy gravels and lighter sand over clay.

Mostly, it comprises medium easy-working soil types growing cereal and canola crops.

Vertical storage for 743t is a feature of Echidna Ridge. Photo: Ray White Rural WA

While 5458ha is arable, Echidna Ridge has recently been run as a mixed enterprise property running sheep.

The property is fenced into 44 paddocks with more than 55km of new fencing, and is well watered by dams, many of which have been cleaned.

Infrastructure across aggregation includes several homes, a four-stand shearing shed, new sheep yards, a 600-head sheep feedlot,  and machinery and fertiliser storage sheds.

There are 12 silos with 743 tonnes of storage.

Echidna Ridge is being offered for sale by offers to purchase.

Numeralla, Mannabanks and Mannabanks North

In WA’s wheatbelt region, three generations of Pearce family ownership will end with the sale of Numeralla, Mannabanks and Mannabanks North.

It is the first time the 3383ha mixed farming and grazing aggregation has been offered for sale since the original holding Numerella was taken up by brothers Thomas and William Pearce in 1910.

Mannabanks was purchased in 1938 and the adjoining Mannabanks North was added shortly after, and expanded in 1994 with neighbouring country.

All three properties were carefully selected by the early pioneers for their abundance of fertile soils, with 2932ha, or 87pc, deemed arable.

Numeralla. Photo: Nutrien Harcourts

The 2023 cropping program on Numeralla includes 800ha of barley and 100ha of oats, while the Tarin Rock properties are growing 230ha of wheat, 700ha of barley and 305ha of canola.

The balance of the holding is grazing, natural timbers, revegetation, fire breaks, drains and catchments, dams, waterways and a laneway.

The 1937ha Numeralla near Moulyinn is 18km west of Kukerin and 30km east of Dumbleyung.

The gently undulating country comprises 85pc medium loams with some gravels, 10pc heavier types and 5pc light soils which have been planted to pine and tagasaste.

Water is supplied by a scheme and 27 dams, most with catchments.

Improvements include a four-bedroom home, a workers’ cottage, a four-stand shearing shed, steel sheep yards, numerous sheds, eight silos, and water and fuel tanks.

The adjoining 847ha Mannabanks and the 599ha Mannabanks North are situated north of Tarin Rock.

Both properties have 75-80pc medium loams and 20pc heavier clays.

Original timbers include some of the best examples of White Gum, York Gum, Jam and Mallee trees.

There are 10 on Mannabanks and seven on Mannabanks North, most of which have catchments.

Mannabanks has a four-stand shearing shed, steel sheep yards, a shed, four silos and fuel and water tanks.

There are no fixed improvements on Mannabanks North.

Nutrien Harcourts agent Steve Wright said the properties provide an opportunity for producers looking to expand or enter the rural industry in a sought-after and reliable area.

The offers-to-purchase campaign closes on September 20.


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