Magnificent cattle property offered to the market for $±. 5 million Slice of rural life
BURLINGTON Station, a b r e e d e r p r o p e r t y 5 0 k m north of Mt Surprise held under one ownership since 1972, has been placed on the market with a $ 3.5 million price tag.
T h e p r o p e r t y c o v e r s 4 5 , 5 0 0 h a , i n c l u d e s a 1200-tree mango plantation, and is for sale on a walk-in, walk-out basis with 1500 b r a h ma n b r e e d e r s , a l l progeny at foot, 190 replacement heifers and 70 brahman bulls as well as plant and machinery.
It has been placed on the market by David Steele and wife Betty who have decided to reduce their grazing interests and focus on t heir Liontown Stati on, near Charters Towers.
B u r l i n g t o n S t a t i o n straddles the Mt SurpriseAlamaden Rd, which provides access to saleyards, live-export and store-cattle markets at Cairns ( 260km), Mareeba ( 210km), Charters Towers, Townsville and Hughenden ( 440km), Mourilyan ( 220km) and Karumba ( 500km).
The property is being marketed by Henry Slaney, of Slaney & Co First National Rural at Charters Towers, who said a major boon was the presence of Stocklick Trading, 90km distant at Mt Garnett, which enabled a buyer to easily meet supplementary feed requirements.
‘‘ Burlington is fed by large springs, semi-permanent holes in the Lynd River, and b y F o s s i l b r o o k a n d Saltwater creeks, which run all year,’’ he said.
‘‘ Its numerous creeks are complemented by a network of 19 large dams, bore and springs and there is a licence to irrigate 12ha from Fossilbrook Creek.
‘‘ The farm has some 1200 mango t rees, with 32ha cleared and cropped.’’
The property has a mix of country, has been seeded for 20 years with seca and verano stylos and indian couch grasses, and is intersected by ranges.
It has decomposed granite and sandy soils, alluvial soil f r o n t i n g w a t e r c o u r s e s , areas of red soil and about 6 0 0 0 ha of f ert i l e basalt country supporting black spear, urachloa, stylo and indian couch grasses and t i m b e r e d m a i n l y w i t h bloodwood and ironbark.
Elsewhere are also kangaroo grasses as well as num e r o u s n a t i v e e d i b l e shrubs and timber.
Burlington has reliable 750mm annual rainfall and average annual turnoff over the past five years has been 1330 weaners, 16 bulls and 160 cows, or 78 per cent.