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Koolatah Station, Normanton

Big,diverse exciting opportunity

FOR SALE BY TENDER

ID #1122

Land Size

170,000 hectares

Property Description

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Henry Slaney

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Location: 360km west of Mareeba 220km north of Normanton and 270km north of Karumba. Area & Tenure: L13 CTH3: PH34/5546 Koolatah Holding, County Cooltah • Total area - 170,000 ha (420,080 acres) • 3,561ha (8,800 acres) – camping and water reserve • 653.4ha (1,570 acres) – aircraft and landing reserve Country: Records show the wet season at Koolatah rarely fails. Additionally due to the property location in the delta between the Palmer and Mitchell Rivers, which rises some 300km to the east, and the Alice River, which has its origins some 100 km to the North East, Koolatah is most often the beneficiary of rainfall over a very large, high rainfall, catchment area. Again due to the flat topography of the property the overland water flow is almost always sufficient to fill the myriad of channels, lagoons, waterholes and swamps. The legendary ‘Koolatah Lake’ is a 5km long waterhole on Yanko Creek and is reputed to be up to 6m in depth. There are a number of dams on the property and creation of additional dams is a simple as excavating almost any seasonal swamp.The majority of the country is flat, open natural forest covered with blue grass, rice grass and spear grass with areas of black soil and regular sand ridges traversing the property. Koolatah savannah country is timbered by Box, Bloodwood, Quinine, Ironwood, Beefwood, Pear Tree (Cocky Apple), Gutter Perch and Tea Tree with the Mitchell River frontage and floodout being dominated by giant Turpentine & Leichhardt trees, Coolibah, Blue Gum, Bauhinia, Century Palms, Figtree and shrubs. The Alice River frontage has very different soil types and vegetation when compared to the Mitchell. Single frontage to Mitchell and Alice River produce some heavier carrying country with areas of green river couch all year in the Mitchell channels. Pasture Improvement: Evidence across similar forest country throughout the Gulf and Peninsula indicates that Stylos will proliferate. DAFF research also indicates substantial upside in animal performance once stylos are established. Rainfall: A reliable 1000mm/yr (40inches) each wet season from October till April. Water: Natural water is a feature of Koolatah. Koolatah Lake, waterholes, channels, lagoons and semi- permanent swamps compliment the Mitchell River 30km frontage and the Alice River 50km frontage. There are numerous dams in the drier forest areas and a bore at house. Permits and sites approved for two artesian flowing bores were in place during previous ownership however these have now expired… this license potential may still exist. Fencing: Fully Boundary fenced, extensive fencing completed 2002-2006, 3-barb construction, some new fencing, majority older but in serviceable condition, 15 main paddocks and 10 holding paddocks. Infrastructure: Homestead complex is located on the bank of a lagoon and adjacent the Normanton-Musgrave main road. o Manager’s residence, highset, 3-bedroom o Original residence, old Queenslander, highset, 3-bedroom o Staff dining o 2 x 4 bedroom men’s quarters, Head stockman’s 2 bedroom residence o Self-contained donga – currently used as school room o Machinery shed/workshop, 3-bay,Stockfeed/machinery shed, 5-bay o Excellent all weather, 1200m, air strip o 40 KVA & 30 KVA Generator sets o Solar Power – non-operational Cattle Yards: Homestead cattle yard - timber and steel construction with dip, steel work completed in 2002-2006. Black Gin yard - steel & timber construction in serviceable but poor condition … needs relocation and rebuilding. Plant & Machinery: Basic plant Stock: Included is a good quality Brahman cross herd, though aged of approximately 7000 head is included. The exact herd numbers and breakup will be nominated on completion of the muster on/about end August. Females joined to Elrose, Lancefield, El- Jay, Wilangi and the Orient Bulls (all grey) Tourism - hunting, fishing & wildlife: Koolatah Station is located between the Mitchell & Alice Rivers which junction downstream to the north. The land between those two rivers is punctuated by a number of creeks and channels all running north west to form a delta of swamps and waterholes with features throughout the property such as Koolatah Lake, the Alice River gorges, Shark Hole, The Falls and the Mitchell River are legendary as some of Cape York Peninsula’s best. As the home of Barramundi, Saratoga, Bull Sharks, Crocodile, Sword Fish, Rays and numerous smaller fish species a trip to the crystal clear waters of Shark Hole, The Falls and The Alice River is simply amazing. Wildlife on the river and throughout Koolatah includes Sea Eagles, Pelican, Jabiru, colourful Kingfishers, Bluewing Kookaburras, Sirus Cranes, Goanna and several species of wild ducks, waterbirds, wallabies and more. Wild boar hunting is a pastime enjoyed by many. Koolatah with its numerous waterholes and swamps houses a seemingly endless supply of trophy sized boars which are hunted using rifle, bow & arrow, dogs and helicopter. Koolatah contains a mix of unique habitat, Palm forests, open sand ridge savannah, fertile river frontages, and abundant waterholes which are largely in pristine condition and well suited to ecotourism, and hunting & fishing safari tourism ventures… or even an Executive getaway holiday destination. Access: During the ‘Wet Season’ access by road is completely cut off to Koolatah. The Airstrip is a vital aspect of life at Koolatah as it provides year round RFDS services and weekly mail delivery. In recent years the Carpentaria Shire Council have constructed and maintained a causeway across the Mitchell River between Dunbar Station and Koolatah. Each year the silt is removed (about late June) so that normal road transport can resume. ILUA Indigenous land use agreement signed in October 2005.

Location:  360km west of Mareeba and 220km north of Normanton and 270km north of Karumba.

Area & Tenure: L13 CTH3: PH34/5546 Koolatah Holding, County Cooltah

  • Total area – 170,000 ha (420,080 acres)
  • 3,561ha (8,800 acres) – camping and water reserve
  • 653.4ha (1,570 acres) – aircraft and landing reserve

Country: Records show the wet season at Koolatah rarely fails. Additionally due to the property location in the delta between the Palmer and Mitchell Rivers, which rises some 300km to the east, and the Alice River, which has its origins some 100 km to the North East, Koolatah is most often the beneficiary of rainfall over a very large, high rainfall, catchment area. Again due to the flat topography of the property the overland water flow is almost always sufficient to fill the myriad of channels, lagoons, waterholes and swamps. The legendary ‘Koolatah Lake’ is a 5km long waterhole on Yanko Creek and is reputed to be up to 6m in depth. There are a number of dams on the property and creation of additional dams is a simple as excavating almost any seasonal swamp. The majority of the country is flat, open natural forest covered with blue grass, rice grass and spear grass with areas of black soil and regular sand ridges traversing the property. Koolatah savannah country is timbered by Box, Bloodwood, Quinine, Ironwood, Beefwood, Pear Tree (Cocky Apple), Gutter Perch and Tea Tree with the Mitchell River frontage and floodout being dominated by giant Turpentine & Leichhardt trees, Coolibah, Blue Gum, Bauhinia, Century Palms, Figtree and shrubs. The Alice River frontage has very different soil types and vegetation when compared to the Mitchell. Single frontage to Mitchell and Alice River produce some heavier carrying country with areas of green river couch all year in the Mitchell channels.  

Pasture Improvement: Evidence across similar forest country throughout the Gulf and Peninsula indicates that Stylos will proliferate. DAFF research also indicates substantial upside in animal performance once stylos are established.  

Rainfall: A reliable 1000mm/yr (40inches) each wet season from October till April.  

Water: Natural water is a feature of Koolatah. Koolatah Lake , waterholes, channels, lagoons and semi- permanent swamps compliment the Mitchell River 30km frontage and the Alice River 50km frontage. There are numerous dams in the drier forest areas and a bore at house. Permits and sites approved for two artesian flowing bores were in place during previous ownership however these have now expired… this license potential may still exist.  

Fencing: Fully Boundary fenced, extensive fencing completed 2002-2006, 3-barb construction, some new fencing, majority older but in serviceable condition, 15 main paddocks and 10 holding paddocks.

Infrastructure: Homestead complex is located on the bank of a lagoon and adjacent the Normanton-Musgrave main road.

  • Manager’s residence, highset, 3-bedroom
  • Original residence, old Queenslander, highset, 3-bedroom
  • Staff dining
  • 2 x 4 bedroom men’s quarters, Head stockman’s 2 bedroom residence
  • Self-contained donga – currently used as school room
  • Machinery shed/workshop, 3-bay, Stockfeed/machinery shed, 5-bay
  • Excellent all weather, 1200m, air strip
  • 40 KVA & 30 KVA Generator sets
  • Solar Power – non-operational

Cattle Yards: 

  • Homestead cattle yard  – timber and steel construction with dip, steel work completed in 2002-2006.
  • Black Gin yard – steel & timber construction

Plant & Machinery: Basic plant

Stock: Included is a good quality, though aged, Brahman cross herd of approximately 7000 head (to be confirmed). The exact herd numbers and breakup will be nominated on completion of the muster on/about end August. Females joined to Elrose, Lancefield, El- Jay, Wilangi and the Orient Bulls (all grey)

Tourism – hunting, fishing & wildlife: Koolatah Station is located between the Mitchell & Alice Rivers which junction downstream to the north. The land between those two rivers is punctuated by a number of creeks and channels all running north west to form a delta of swamps and waterholes with features throughout the property such as Koolatah Lake, the Alice River gorges, Shark Hole, The Falls and the Mitchell River are legendary as some of Cape York Peninsula’s best.  As the home of Barramundi, Saratoga, Bull Sharks, Crocodile, Sword Fish, Rays and numerous smaller fish species a trip to the crystal clear waters of Shark Hole, The Falls and The Alice River is simply amazing. Wildlife on the river and throughout Koolatah includes Sea Eagles, Pelican, Jabiru, colourful Kingfishers, Bluewing Kookaburras, Sirus Cranes, Goanna and several species of wild ducks, waterbirds, wallabies and more. Wild boar hunting is a pastime enjoyed by many. Koolatah with its numerous waterholes and swamps houses a seemingly endless supply of trophy sized boars which are hunted using rifle, bow & arrow, dogs and helicopter.  Koolatah contains a mix of unique habitat, Palm forests, open sand ridge savannah, fertile river frontages, and abundant waterholes which are largely in pristine condition and well suited to ecotourism, and hunting & fishing safari tourism ventures… or even an Executive getaway holiday destination.

Airstrip Coordinates: 15 degrees 53’ 32.17 South 140 degrees 26’ 32.26 East

ILUA Indigenous land use agreement signed in October 2005.

FOR SALE BY TENDER CLOSING 4pm FRIDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2014

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