NANGUNIA Station is one of those historic, broadacre jewels of the Riverina.
The 2450ha property, at Berrigan in NSW, combines a grand, imposing Victorian-style homestead with productive dryland and irrigated cropping country and significant on-farm grain storage.
- NANGUNIA STATION
- BERRIGAN, NSW
- Property: cropping, grazing, irrigation
- Size: 2450ha
- Sale: expressions of interest closing February 12
- Price: $5.7-$6 million
- Agent: Elders, Finley, NSW
- Contact: 0407 549 703
It has been part of a broadacre property portfolio owned by Warwick and Helen Ashby, of Howlong, since 1996.
"We had moved from central Queensland and spent a lot of time looking for a property of substance and with potential," Warwick said.
The family has spent the ensuing years faithfully restoring the 790sq m homestead, and improving the soils and infrastructure.
Nangunia's homestead was originally built by Emmanuel Gorman, the first mayor of the Berrigan shire and a key proponent of federation
It was designed by John North Kelly in the Victorian architectural style with an Edwardian influence.
The building was constructed at the turn of the century using locally milled Murray Pine and bricks fired on the property.
Pressed metal ceilings and tessellated tiles for the entry foyer were imported from England.
Period features include 4.2m high ceilings, 10 fireplaces with ornate timber and marble work, leadlighting, and decorative cast-iron veranda posts and lacework.
The home has five large bedrooms, a parlour, dining room, lounge room, office, family room, two bathrooms and a butler's room.
A focal point is the billiard room, complete with a century-old, full-size, slate-topped Alcock billiard table and a large leadlight skylight.
The original quarter master's store, built above a large, two-roomed cellar, has been renovated and is close to the homestead.
A renovated, air-conditioned three-bedroom cottage is also in the homestead grounds.
Dominated by large, mature native and deciduous trees, the garden has a fully automated watering system and orchard.
A 15m in-ground heated swimming pool and summer house has an undercover entertainment area, cool-room, bar, amenities and plant room.
Horse facilities include day yards and a dressage arena.
Nangunia Station is in a 450mm rainfall zone and has soil types varying from red, sandy loam to self-mulching light, grey and granite rises.
There are 18 surface dams, most of which are connected to Murray River water via a reticulation system.
Domestic water comes from 275,000 litres of underground storage, while the station holds a 560-megalitre West Corurgan water entitlement.
The property is subdivided into 18 main paddocks with some electric fencing and has gravel roads, providing all-weather access.
Working improvements include a large workshop and storage shed, two machinery sheds and capacity to store 6500 tonnes of grain.
There are steel cattle yards, shearer's quarters with accommodation for 16 people and a 1.3km, all-weather airstrip.
The shearing shed has five stands, with undercover capacity for 500 woolly sheep.
Warwick said the 1862ha cropping program comprised wheat, canola, barley, faba beans and oats.
He said extensive lime and gypsum applications had been carried out, and minimum tillage used to lift the soil's organic carbon levels.
About 328ha of wheat has been undersown with lucerne and clover, while pastures are native grasses, clover and medics.
Warwick said the property had not been cropped for two decades so time had been spent planning, managing the topography and developing rotations.
He said Nangunia had a carrying capacity of 6000 dry sheep equivalents and ran 1850 Merino and first-cross ewes joined to White Suffolk rams.
"We are selling the property to consolidate business interests," Warwick said. "There is not a better serviced location, with Nangunia being 6km from Berrigan and just under three hours' drive from Melbourne."