Sam Daniels, a member of one of Queensland Gulf’s biggest cattle producing families, outbid 10 suitors on Friday to pick up Cloncurry-region breeding and fattening farm Nardoo Station.
The 97,500 hectare property 95 kilometres west of the Burke and Wills Roadhouse cost $35 million following an auction in Brisbane.
Russell Pearson, who earlier this year sold Blackall grazing estate Terrick Terrick to AAM Investment Group’s Diversified Agriculture Fund, was watching, according to website beefcentral.com, one of the outlets reporting the deal.
Mr Daniels is the managing director of Cloncurry based stock and station agency Brodie & Co and with his family controls a number of stations.
Five months ago he was elected the town’s deputy mayor (his brother, Andrew, has previously been mayor).
Nardoo’s first public sale
Established just over 90 years ago, Nardoo was offered by Peter and Ann Woollett having never been publicly marketed before.
With an estimated carrying capacity of 8000 breeders, it is designed with 13 major paddocks, numerous smaller ones, four sets of permanent steel cattle yards and 200 kms of new fencing (story continues below).
It also contains a four bedroom homestead, two cottages, a five bedroom donga and sheds, including a machinery outbuilding incorporating steel horse yards.
Several creek systems, 10 bores with 25 watering points, a Royal Flying Doctors Service rated airstrip with hangar and automated start up 25kVa generator in a structure with overhead fuel storage, form part of the holding, too.
Grasses including black spear, buffel, Flinders, Mitchell, Queensland blue, and white spear grow there.
Ray White Rural marketing agents Bruce Douglas and Bill Seeney described the property as “an excellent balance of country with heavy black soil downs and Leichhardt River frontage running back to open forest country”.
The vendors undertook several major upgrades and structural improvements in the six years prior to offering it on a walk-in-walk-out basis (ie, cattle and plant came included).
In the Carpentaria shire, Nardoo is about 60 kms east of Gregory and 280 kms north west of Cloncurry.