ONE of the oldest and most well known cattle properties in the fertile Brisbane Valley is on the market, to be auctioned by Ray White Rural in Brisbane on May 12.
Offered by former North Star grain grower Ross Harris, the Kilcoy property Hopevale has been successfully run as a cattle enterprise since the 1890s. The working farm covers 283 hectares (700 acres) and is in three freehold titles. The property was first selected by Robert and Florence Morrow. They had 10 children and were instrumental in getting a new Sheep Station Creek school built.
More than 60 per cent of the property is cleared and almost all of the property can be used for grazing. About a third of the property is sandy loam creek flats with another third cleared black basalt spurs and open country.
Hopevale backs onto the southern escarpment of the Conondale Range. The balance of the property is timbered hills to steep country. The 16 paddocks are a mixture of native and improved pastures, including Rhodes grass, forage sorghum and clover. Red deer are very often sighted in this elevated section.
The 500m of creek frontage has permanent swimming and fishing holes. There are four dams, including one with a 46ML capacity, a windmill and a bore. A water license allows for 11ha of the creek flats to be irrigated. About 6ha are set up with underground mains and hydrants. There is also an established 1500 tree olive grove.
Hopevale features a five bedroom, three bathroom country style homestead with wide wrap around verandahs on three sides. Infrastructure includes steel cattle yards, workshop, modified dairy, and sheds including a hay shed, which can store more than 4000 square bails. There are numerous fruit trees including, macadamia, lime, mandarin, mulberry, lemon, grapefruit, custard apple, avocado and mango.
Contact Jez McNamara, 0427 270 280, or Barry Quinn, 0409 828 342, Ray White Rural.