Widgewa, Burumbah, NQ aggregation for sale

Linda Rowley, March 15, 2024

Widgewa is located in the Billa Billa-Moonie district and is being sold after a short ownership that has seen significant capital expenditure. Photo: Nutrien Harcourts/LAWD.

AMONG the latest listings to come to market in Queensland are Widgewa and Burumbah north of Goondiwindi and Billabong and Keshvale south of Townsville.


A beef-production powerhouse underpinned by irrigation and dryland cropping is for sale in southern Queensland.

Offered by Michael and Danielle Butler after three years of ownership, the 4922ha Widgewa is located 72km north of Goondiwindi in southern Queensland’s Billa Billa-Moonie region.

Nutrien Ag Solutions agent Andrew Jakins and LAWD agent Darren Collins have been appointed to sell the grazing and cropping enterprise by expressions of interest closing April 11.

Widgewa comprises 88ha of developed centre-pivot irrigation, 705ha of dryland cropping, 1811ha of cleared grazing land and 1757ha of timbered grazing country capable of carrying 1700 adult equivalents.

Soil types are variable, but mostly comprise belah and brigalow grey self-mulching cracking clays with fertile red belah, wilga and kurrajong soils.

Irrigation from two 44ha centre pivots irrigation grows sorghum and oats which currently produce 1600t of silage stored and fed through the feedyard.

Widgewa features irrigation from two 44ha centre pivots. Photo: Nutrien Harcourts/LAWD

There is future development potential to expand the dryland cropping area by an additional 1500ha considered arable.

Receiving around 520mm of rain a year, Widgewa is also watered by a 1200ML overland flow catchment, 13 dams, an 8km frontage to the seasonal Weir River, and a bore.

Mr Collins said significant capital has been invested into Widgewa.

Improvements include two homes, numerous sheds, including a new machinery shed, 200 tonnes of grain storage, new cattle yards and a 600-SCU containment yard.


Alister and Jo Persse’s Western Downs grazing enterprise with mixed-farming capabilities is attracting good inquiry from farming families.

Owned by the Persse family since 2014, the 2289ha Burumbah is located 40km north-east of Toobeah and 53km from Goondiwindi in south-west Queensland’s Goodar district.

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

Previously, around 990ha were farmed with 550ha currently being prepared for barley planting.

Burumbah in the Goodar region near Toobeah is exclusion fenced and is currently running 4000 ewes and lambs, with 550ha ready for winter-crop planting. Photo: Nutrien Harcourts

Nutrien Harcourts agent Andrew Jakins said Burumbah is equally suited to mixed farming and grazing or intense forage cropping and backgrounding.

“It is an ideal sheep grazing, lamb-fattening or cattle-trading operation with the ability to grow both winter and summer forage and cash crops as security,” Mr Jakins said.

“The holding has been thoughtfully developed with sound improvements and excellent sheep handling facilities, backed up by a secure stock watering network that consists of piped water servicing all paddocks.”

The fully exclusion fenced property has a big body of feed supporting around 4000 ewes and lambs.

Improvements include a four-bedroom home, workers’accommodation, sheds, a five-stand shearing shed and sheep and timber cattle yards.

Burumbah is being sold via expressions of interest closing April 10 with most of the interest coming from families looking to relocate closer to Goondiwindi.

Billabong and Keshvale

Two adjoining irrigation and grazing blocks listed for sale in north Qld are attracting considerable interest from locals, Central Qld and New South Wales producers.

Aggregated by Dingo Park’s Jeff and Jenny Reid, the 830ha Billabong and the 547ha Keshvale are located near Woodstock, 50km south of Townsville.

Slaney & Co agent Henry Slaney said Keshvale is an irrigation farm with some grazing, while Billabong is a grazing property with some irrigation, as evidenced by the size of the water allocations.

Mr Slaney said the attraction is the high-rainfall catchment, the unregulated bore field, the free-of-charge water-harvesting licence, as well as the safe rainfall area.


Billabong and Keshvale offer scope for further development. Photo: Slaney & Co


Currently producing hay, the land and major irrigation water supplies could be repurposed to grow other crops, including grains and pulses.

Previously, Keshvale grew sugarcane but today, 200ha of flood irrigation is planted to Rhodes grass with a further 100ha of potential irrigation land.

There are two dams underpinned by a 2200ML licence from the Majors Creek which bisects the property.

Infrastructure includes a four-bedroom home, cattle yards and numerous sheds.

Plant and modern hay-making machinery is included in the sale.


Around 247ha of grazing country supports a breeding herd, but Mr Slaney believes pasture improvement could grow and finish cattle.

Based on its present low-key land use, Billabong has considerable production upside possibilities.

Around 110ha of flood irrigation previously grew rhodes grass and leucaena and there is significant potential to dryland farm the balance of the country or increase the area to improved pastures.

Billabong is bisected by the Majors Creek anabranch and the Bullock Creek and it has numerous seasonal waterholes, three equipped bores and a 600ML irrigation licence.

Infrastructure includes a six-bedroom home, workers quarters, sheds and steel cattle yards.

The sale includes around 400 mixed cattle and basic plant and machinery.

Keshvale and Billabong are being offered for sale separately or as a whole by expressions of interest closing on April 23.


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