Two sprawling southern Queensland farming properties hit the market

16 November 2023

Two southern Queensland farming properties, Oinmurra which is a mixed grazing property, and Melrose Aggregation which is an irrigation asset have hit the market.

Being offered for sale by Colliers Agribusiness agents Rawdon Briggs, Phillip Kelly and Nicholas Warmington in conjunction with LAWD agents Danny Thomas, Elizabeth Doyle and Simon Cudmore on behalf of Grimwade and Gordon both properties offer a great opportunity in a tightly held region.

Oinmurra is a 12,053.16Ha property presently carrying circa 20,000 goats and is an outstanding mixed grazing property with proven scope to operate as a beef cattle, sheep or goat breeding enterprise.

Located in the Balonne region of southern Queensland, this property is strategically positioned northwest of Dirranbandi and southwest of St George.

Melrose is a 1,520.30Ha aggregation of two separate properties combined to create a significant Warrego River irrigation asset producing in excess of 6,300ML of highly reliable water sourced from the Cunnamulla Weir, plus a 300ML underground licence.

Melrose is situated in the Paroo Shire region of southern Queensland, to the west of Cunnamulla.

Colliers Head of Agribusiness Rawdon Briggs said these properties purchased by the vendors over the space of 5 years, at the time aligned with their northern aggregations but in recent times the business had increased focus on southern market access, logistics and additional landholdings.

“These properties now fall outside of the business operation requirements of the vendor presenting a great opportunity for a buyer to purchase property in this tightly held region,” Rawdon Briggs said.

“Offering a rare opportunity, the two properties will be sold separately through an expressions of interest process.

“With established low cost and efficient irrigation systems, location and management in place Melrose offers a unique opportunity for a buyer.

“And Oinmurra is an outstanding mixed grazing property with proven scope to operate as a beef cattle, sheep or goat breeding enterprise,” Rawdon Briggs added.

Colliers Agribusiness Manager Phillip Kelly said the opportunity to secure a large-scale premium sheep and beef cattle enterprise such as Oinmurra was unique.

“While its current focus is on goat and sheep production, Oinmurra has proven cattle grazing ability with historical information suggesting running up to 1000 breeders plus weaners and calves,” Phillip Kelly said.

“An assessment indicates a carrying capacity of approximately 17,000 Dry Sheep Equivalents (DSE), which translates to 1 DSE per 0.71 hectares, or 2,000 Adult Equivalents (AE), equivalent to 1 AE per 6.03 hectares.

“Notable by its abundant water resources, Oinmurra features a highly productive artesian controlled flow bore feeding two stock dams and seven poly header tanks which connect to 31 watering troughs around the property.

“Oinmurra offers established buffel grass pastures and is completely enclosed by exclusion fencing around the perimeter, featuring internal fencing that is utilised for sheep and goat proofing. Cattle Fences are also found on property, which when utilised allows for additional grazing paddocks.

“The property also has essential infrastructure such as a homestead, cottage, workshops, shearing shed, and well-equipped cattle and sheep yards,” Phillip Kelly added.

Colliers Agribusiness Executive Nicholas Warmington said Melrose was an aggregation of two separate properties with the first purchased in 2019 and then added to in 2022.

“They were combined to create a significant Warrego River irrigation asset supporting the vendors broader pastoral operations with a livestock depot and hay production asset,” Nicholas Warmington said.

“Historically, under previous ownership, the irrigation development was focused on table grapes plus small crop production with fixed infrastructure remaining in place.

“Melrose has significant irrigation water licences and has the capacity to produce several crop and fodder varieties.

“The property also has essential infrastructure such as two homesteads, workers cottages, workshops, machinery and storage sheds,” Nicholas Warmington added.

Expressions of Interest for both properties close on 12 December 2023 by 1:00pm AEST.

Oinmurra, Dirranbandi Queensland

Melrose, Cunnamulla Queensland