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Strathleven Station, Chillagoe

A large underdeveloped cattle breeding opportunity Chillagoe

POA

ID #8729

Land Size

90000 hectares

Property Description

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Henry Slaney

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A large underdeveloped cattle breeding opportunity.

Location:  Strathleven is located in Cape York Peninsula and shares the northern boundary of the renowned Wrotham Park and Gamboola Stations, approximately 240km NW of Chillagoe and 350km NW of Mareeba. The principle road access is via the Chillagoe – Normanton Road but is also available to the north, via Laura.

Services include telephone, Internet, RFDS Airstrip, mail plane service and weekly Mareeba cattle sales. To the south, about 350km on the Lynd Highway, is the Sugarbag Spelling Yards with tick clearing dip.

Area & Title:  Approx 90,000ha (222,300acres)

Rolling Term Lease – expiring 23/6/2032, extended to 23/6/2062

Country:  Typical of the savannah forest breeding country Strathleven is timbered with Box, Ironbark, Bloodwood and a variety of Gums in the better country and Stringy Bark,  Messmate, Bloodwood, Tea Tree, Wattle in the lighter gravelly ridge soils. It is estimated that there is 30km of frontage to the Palmer River, the majority of which is double frontage, running through the centre of Strathleven.  Along this frontage is good quality Black Speargrass based pastures extending to approx 20-30% of the land area. Shallow swamps frequent all the closer river frontage country and are a good source of natural water for approx 6 mths of the year. Strathleven does grow a large body of grass in most years.

Rainfall:  There is no property rainfall records however the district average is estimated at 900mm/yr (40inches) fall in the October to March period.

Water:  The obvious standout feature of Strathleven is the central presence of the Palmer River. The Palmer River and tributaries rise some 100km to the east of Strathleven and flow north-west to join the Mitchell River enroute to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Palmer is a 100% reliable water source.

Strathleven has 2 bores (house and cattle yards), but relies entirely on natural seasonal swamps and creeks and the Palmer for the remaining stock water. It seems an obvious cost effective plan to exploit the swamp network by excavating holes and the river via pumps, poly and tanks.

Infrastructure:  Strathleven does not have a lot in the way of infrastructure.

The lowset, 3-bedroom homestead is quite tidy but in need of substantial repairs and maintenance. There are out-buildings including worker accommodation, laundry and toilet block, tool shed and a 25mtr Machinery Shed suitable for smaller vehicles, tractors etc. Water supply comes from both a bore located at the house and the Palmer River approx 3km away.

Fencing ranges from new, to stock proof, to poor condition however in many cases can be resurrected once fence lines are again cleared. The post and wire appear in reasonable condition so when complete there would be 8 main paddocks and a couple of smaller holding paddocks . The ‘Bush Paddock’ to the SE of the property is undeveloped, has no infrastructure, only natural waters and could be about 100000ac in size. Much of this description is an estimate only as the road network is also in need of establishment in some areas so the property is difficult to view from the ground.

Cattle yards:  There is a quite good condition set of steel cattle yards located in the centre of the property, about 1.5km from the Palmer River, and 10km from the homestead. Some parts of the yards are old timber and require replacement. Water is supplied from a bore, located at the yards, to a poly tank and troughs. The yards are equipped with a pound draft, branding facilities, and loading ramp, shaded with Mahogany trees and are supported by large outside coolers.

Carrying capacity:  The Vendor estimates the property would be capable of carrying 3-4000 breeders + replacement heifers once developed. Male turnoff cattle would be best taken to better growing country elsewhere.

Cattle included:  The vendor estimates there to be 1500 mixed branded cattle plus up to 1000 mixed cleanskin cattle.

Recreation:  For those inclined to camping, fishing and hunting there is wonderful exclusive opportunity along the Palmer River. Numerous shaded camping sites along the river and large deep waterholes with abundant Barramundi, Saratoga and Bream fishing coupled with seemingly endless wild pig populations can provide unparalleled sport and entertainment.

A large underdeveloped cattle breeding opportunity.

Location:  Strathleven is located in Cape York Peninsula and shares the northern boundary of the renowned Wrotham Park and Gamboola Stations, approximately 240km NW of Chillagoe and 350km NW of Mareeba. The principle road access is via the Chillagoe – Normanton Road but is also available to the north, via Laura.

Services include telephone, Internet, RFDS Airstrip, mail plane service and weekly Mareeba cattle sales. To the south, about 350km on the Lynd Highway, is the Sugarbag Spelling Yards with tick clearing dip.

Area & Title:  Approx 90,000ha (222,300acres)

Rolling Term Lease – expiring 23/6/2032, extended to 23/6/2062

Country:  Typical of the savannah forest breeding country Strathleven is timbered with Box, Ironbark, Bloodwood and a variety of Gums in the better country and Stringy Bark,  Messmate, Bloodwood, Tea Tree, Wattle in the lighter gravelly ridge soils. It is estimated that there is 30km of frontage to the Palmer River, the majority of which is double frontage, running through the centre of Strathleven.  Along this frontage is good quality Black Speargrass based pastures extending to approx 20-30% of the land area. Shallow swamps frequent all the closer river frontage country and are a good source of natural water for approx 6 mths of the year. Strathleven does grow a large body of grass in most years.

Rainfall:  There is no property rainfall records however the district average is estimated at 900mm/yr (40inches) fall in the October to March period.

Water:  The obvious standout feature of Strathleven is the central presence of the Palmer River. The Palmer River and tributaries rise some 100km to the east of Strathleven and flow north-west to join the Mitchell River enroute to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Palmer is a 100% reliable water source.

Strathleven has 2 bores (house and cattle yards), but relies entirely on natural seasonal swamps and creeks and the Palmer for the remaining stock water. It seems an obvious cost effective plan to exploit the swamp network by excavating holes and the river via pumps, poly and tanks.

Infrastructure:  Strathleven does not have a lot in the way of infrastructure.

The lowset, 3-bedroom homestead is quite tidy but in need of substantial repairs and maintenance. There are out-buildings including worker accommodation, laundry and toilet block, tool shed and a 25mtr Machinery Shed suitable for smaller vehicles, tractors etc. Water supply comes from both a bore located at the house and the Palmer River approx 3km away.

Fencing ranges from new, to stock proof, to poor condition however in many cases can be resurrected once fence lines are again cleared. The post and wire appear in reasonable condition so when complete there would be 8 main paddocks and a couple of smaller holding paddocks . The ‘Bush Paddock’ to the SE of the property is undeveloped, has no infrastructure, only natural waters and could be about 100000ac in size. Much of this description is an estimate only as the road network is also in need of establishment in some areas so the property is difficult to view from the ground.

Cattle yards:  There is a quite good condition set of steel cattle yards located in the centre of the property, about 1.5km from the Palmer River, and 10km from the homestead. Some parts of the yards are old timber and require replacement. Water is supplied from a bore, located at the yards, to a poly tank and troughs. The yards are equipped with a pound draft, branding facilities, and loading ramp, shaded with Mahogany trees and are supported by large outside coolers.

Carrying capacity:  The Vendor estimates the property would be capable of carrying 3-4000 breeders + replacement heifers once developed. Male turnoff cattle would be best taken to better growing country elsewhere.

Cattle included:  The vendor estimates there to be 1500 mixed branded cattle plus up to 1000 mixed cleanskin cattle.

Recreation:  For those inclined to camping, fishing and hunting there is wonderful exclusive opportunity along the Palmer River. Numerous shaded camping sites along the river and large deep waterholes with abundant Barramundi, Saratoga and Bream fishing coupled with seemingly endless wild pig populations can provide unparalleled sport and entertainment.

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