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"Normanby Homestead" is that very rare kind of rural lifestyle property comprising an easily accessible location, a delightful colonial homestead with a unique piece of Queensland history and quality irrigated cattle country - above all it offers a sensational lifestyle for a new family. "Normanby Homestead" offers recreations such as horse riding, canoeing, fishing and trail riding just to name a few.
The 115 hectare or 285 acre property is located under an hour's drive from Brisbane's centre and just 25 minutes from Ipswich, so nothing is out of reach. Importantly there are 10 Freehold Titles, the majority with road access. In addition there are in excess of 11 hectares of Lease Land.
"Normanby Homestead" is one of Queensland's earliest pastoral farms and is where the Wolseley electric shears were used for the first time in Australia. It was first settled in the 1840's and purchased by the 'Father of Ipswich' Mr George Thorn. Since then there has been only three other custodians, two of which were owners of Melbourne Cup winning horses (Carbine and Mentor). The current owners, the Macarthur Family, have resided there since 1961.
"Normanby Homestead" is a fully developed beef cattle property in excellent condition. Virtually 100% of the land is useable and comprises mostly heavy black soil - a result of being situated in Warrill Creek Valley, known for its highly productive vegetable growing soils.
The water and the irrigation infrastructure the property possesses are a real feature. Firstly the property has over 3 kilometres of frontage to permanent Warroolaba Creek, which is fed by the Moogerah Dam Irrigation Scheme, offering the property 70 Megalitres per annum. Combined with the three bores, over 45 hectares or 110 acres can be irrigated nearly 40% of the property. In addition there are two dams and it is also important to note the property has connection to town water.
As a result of the quality pastures and water allocation the owners advise that the property can comfortably support 200 head of cattle at any one time and turn over up to 600 head per annum. The farm infrastructure is of a high standard and includes quality fencing, large work shed and an outstanding set of cattle yards, with a new hydraulic Warwick' crush. Most importantly the farm can be easily managed by a single operator.
The substantial colonial homestead (Circa 1866) was refurbished this year and includes 6 bedrooms and a study. The wide timber verandahs, overlooking Warroolaba Creek offer lovely areas to entertain guests but are also ideal for everyday use. The 12 hand cut hoop pine chamfer boards, 3.6 metre ceilings and cedar doors and architraves throughout the homestead are splendid feature, along with the stunning lounge and dining room divided by large cedar sliding doors.
"Normanby Homestead" is a special place to raise a family or to semi-retire and have your family and friends come to you - especially the grandkids. The current owners have made the comment more than once "Quite frankly the property has been on the market far too long, we need to get the place sold!" Their commitment to finalising the estate along with business interests overseas ensures their decision to sell now has been made.
The auction is scheduled for Friday 16th November at 10:30am at the 'Riverside Centre' in Brisbane. Offers prior to the auction are strongly encouraged.
The Macarthur Family have appointed Barry Quinn (0409 828 342) and Lex Heinemann (0417 191 491) from Ray White Rural Brisbane to market and sell the property.
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