Listings in SA, NSW, NT offer cropping opportunity

Linda Rowley, October 10, 2023

SPRING listings detailed this week comprise Childerley Park in SA, holdings in the Riverina, and a mixed-farming opportunity in the Top End.

Childerley Park, SA

The prized Naracoorte mixed-farming operation Childerley Park has hit the market for the first time in almost 100 years.

Spanning 1654ha, the property is located 10km from Naracoorte in South Australia’s South East, a region renowned for its reliable rainfall, climate and underground water.

Vendor James Porter said the family has owned Childerley Park for almost a century.

“The decision to sell has been made by the third and fourth generation custodians and will enable the family to consolidate its agricultural, horticultural and viticultural interests in the Coonawarra,” Mr Porter said.

Childerley Park boasts more than 1000ha of productive heavy black loam flats, balanced with more than 550ha of sheltered range country.

It has a history of livestock grazing supporting both sheep and cattle with a stocking rate of 12.4 DSE/ha.

Naracoorte property Childerley Park is being offered for sale by the Porter family. Photo: TDC Livestock and Property

The plains country also supports cereal, faba beans and canola, with several paddocks earmarked for hay production.

A 259ML underground water allocation supplies a 43ha centre pivot currently watering canola, with a further 262ha sown to cereal crops.

This is further supported by a series of solar equipped bores.

Improvements include an historic five-bedroom stone home, a three-bedroom cottage, a four-stand woolshed, high-capacity sheep yards, and upgraded cattle yards.

TDC Livestock and Property selling agent Tom Pearce said while Childerley Park offers rare scale, it sits on multiple titles which means the property could be broken up.

“There are six smaller titles ranging from seven to nine hectares with highway frontage that definitely have lifestyle appeal.”

Expressions of interest for Childerley Park close November 9.

Bareena, NSW

A versatile farm fronting the Murrumbidgee River in southern New South Wales is being sold by Darryl and Jenny Grigg after more than 70 years of family ownership.

The 1002ha Bareena was taken up by Darryl’s parents in the early 1950s and conservatively farmed over two generations.

Bareena is situated in the Riverina’s Euroley district, 25km south of Leeton and 40km west of Narrandera, and is bordered by the Sturt Highway, the Murrumbidgee River, and the Coleambally irrigation canal.

Bareena at Euroley has frontage to the Murrumbidgee River and the Coleambally irrigation canal. Photo: Nutrien Harcourts, Breed & Hutchinson

Nutrien Harcourts agent Mick Martin and Breed & Hutchinson agent Tim Hutchinson have been appointed to sell the property.

Mr Hutchinson said Bareena offered buyers production and scale for multiple agricultural pursuits.

“It is suited to cropping, grazing and irrigation with around 730ha of cultivation country, as well as 200ha lasered for flood irrigation with recycling.”

“Historically, the property has grown cereals and operated a fat lamb enterprise.

“The Griggs have also produced summer crops, including sorghum, and run some cattle,” he said.

Mr Hutchinson said the Murrumbidgee River frontage was a drawcard.

“Bareena is attracting good interest from locals and away, including a number of big operators seeking expansion opportunities,” Mr Hutchinson said.

While Mr Hutchinson would not offer a price guide, district properties have been achieving $3000- $3500 per acre.

Water is sourced from 3km of Murrumbidgee River frontage, double frontage to the Bareena Creek, the Coleambally canal for irrigation and a recycling dam.

A 1140ML Murrumbidgee River water entitlement will be offered separately to the successful buyer.

Improvements include a three-bedroom home, machinery and hay sheds, a shearing shed, sheep and cattle yards and 240 tonnes of silo capacity.

Expressions of interest for Bareena close October 23.

Nugent Park and Concordia, NSW

Around $9 million ($9000/ha) is anticipated for a highly productive and well-appointed dryland cropping and grazing opportunity in the renowned Riverina region.

It is being sold after four years ownership by the Australian Agricultural Lease Fund and has been managed by Growth Farms.

The 973ha Nugent Park and Concordia are located 10km south-west of Ganmain, 25km west of Coolamon and 50km north-west of Wagga Wagga.

Around 940ha is arable with mostly red and brown loams growing wheat, canola and barley.

The balance consists of native perennial pastures and sheltered breeding country suitable for both sheep and cattle.

Situated in a 511mm average annual rainfall zone, water is sourced from a Goldenfields water connection, 18 dams and a seasonal creek.

The aggregation is being offered for sale as a whole or two separate assets.

  • 594ha Nugent Park (97 percent arable). Infrastructure includes a hayshed and steel sheep yards;
  • 379ha Concordia (96 percent arable). Infrastructure includes a three-bedroom home, various sheds, a three-stand shearing shed, sheep yards and eight silos with a 275-tonne capacity.

LAWD agent Tim Corcoran is handling the expressions-of-interest campaign closing on October 19.

Napier Valley and Jarrahdale, NT

Around $18 million is anticipated for Peter and Donna Schubert’s 6520ha mixed-farming opportunity in the Northern Territory’s Top End.

The 3917ha Napier Valley and 2603ha Jarrahdale are situated 30km south of Katherine with sealed road frontage providing year-round market access.

The aggregation comprises four adjoining improved freehold properties capable of backgrounding 2000 dry cattle, with 3000ha of developed country for both grazing and hay production.


Benefitting from 1000mm annual rainfall, mostly from October to March, Napier Valley and Jarrahdale are positioned within a fertile area noted for established agriculture and horticulture businesses.

The well-maintained properties neighbour a watermelon farm, and Andrew Gray Land & Livestock principal Andrew Gray said this presents the incoming purchaser with cropping and horticulture diversification opportunities.

The infrastructure across both holdings includes multiple dwellings, an office, numerous sheds and stock yards.

Eight bores supply water and the existing 42ML ground water extraction licence is currently in the process of being lifted to 490ML.

Napier Valley and Jarrahdale are offered for sale via private treaty on a walk-in walk-out basis, including an extensive list of plant and equipment and 2000 store cattle.


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