Farm flush with history
Minninooka Farm, just 45km from Geraldton in the tightly held area of Minnenooka, is flush with history. Taken up in the 1870s, the mixed farming property was recognised very early for its highly productive soils and abundant, reliable water supplies.
The farm is located along the hills and valley of the Greenough River and includes nearly 3km of river ownership. Comprising 10 titles, the 1958ha have been historically used for a mixed livestock and cropping operation, with a high stocking capacity as well as regular lime inputs over the 720ha of cropping land.
A 148-year-old, well-maintained five-bedroom stone home offers views over the valley from its front veranda. Surrounding the house, a cottage garden and sprawling lawns is an extensive, original stone wall.
The house boasts a modern spacious kitchen, renovated bathroom, four open fireplaces and French doors opening onto the veranda from several bedrooms. There is also a huge office area, a formal dining room, two impressive lounge rooms and an outside storeroom.
Used as worker accommodation, another air-conditioned one-bedroom, one-bathroom self-contained cottage sits close to the main residence.
Infrastructure for the property is adequate for both livestock and cropping. Sheep are processed through steel yards with a working capacity of 1000 head, located beside a 30m x 15m five-stand, raised-board shearing shed. Three feedlot pens with a direct laneway to the yards are also used for value adding and trucking. There is also a set of 80-head capacity steel cattle yards with a loading ramp and 26 fenced paddocks.
Storage and working areas are generous, with a 25.8m x 7.8m machinery shed incorporating a workshop and chemical storage and a second 22.6m x 9.4m machinery shed with lockable fuel bay. The fuel bay contains three overhead tanks, one with 5000 litres capacity and two at 2500 litres capacity.
Feed storage is achieved with two hay sheds, 8m x 18m, and a second 7.8m x 14.8m shed located central to the farm for easy distribution. Fertiliser is stored in the cemented front section of the shearing shed with sliding doors and a front apron.
A major asset of the property is an abundance of quality water, with two bores producing a slightly positive artesian flow. There are another two supplies with an average depth of 13m.
Unique to the farm, within the property boundary, is a 200m secluded permanent pool in the Greenough River.