DIVERSE Barcaldine tourism and livestock business Lara and Wetlands is on the market.
Located 28km south of Barcaldine and 78km north of Blackall, the 6108 hectare (15,093 acre) property will be auctioned in Blackall on November 15.
Lara Station and Wetlands is a hidden treasure that was opened to the public in May 2014. Since then people who love bush camping have been flocking to the nature wonderland to enjoy the many species of birdlife and native animals found in the wetlands habitat. Campers can have their own campfire and can enjoy the amenities of flush toilets, hot showers and the thermal artesian mineral hot pool.
Other amenities include the bush kitchen and the large undercover children’s playground, fresh artesian drinking water and canoes for visitors to use to discover the 2.2km area of the wetlands.
The red sandy loam to chocolate soil country is mainly lightly timbered with box, sandlewood and gidgee. There are also areas of semi-open country. Native and buffel grasses are found on the river flats off Alice and Patrick creeks.
There is a magnificent semi-renovated, six bedroom homestead built in 1912 has sweeping veranda’s on three sides. The homestead is part of the Lara Wetlands Tourist Enterprise where visitors can enjoy guided tours and history including Devonshire teas. A quaint timber three bedroom cottage is set among the trees and shrubs.
Lara Station and Wetlands is estimated to carry 500 cattle. It is divided into five main paddocks and three holding paddocks/coolers. It is is part of a cluster fencing program.
Water is supplied throughout the property from the Gabsi Lara Artesian Bore. There is also a dam and semi-permanent holes in the Patrick and Alice Rivers.
Other improvements include a machinery shed, workshops and numerous storage sheds including a museum. A feature is the steel cattle yards with under cover crush and branding cradle area.
Marketing agent Daven Vohland, Elders, said the property was one of Central West Queensland’s greatest diversification opportunities.
“Lara Lara Station and Wetlands is estimated to carry 500 cattle. and Wetlands is truly a unique hidden treasure that generates income from tourism and livestock, unlimited and untapped potential,” Mr Vohland said.
“It offers excellent infrastructure, unlimited water and is strategically located in the heart of the central west.”
Contact Daven Vohland, 0428 581 001, Elders.