PHILIP Prince’s certified organic cattle station Westward Ho at Boulia has sold for $5.24 million at a Ray White Rural auction in Brisbane today.
Comprising 50,000 hectares (123,552 acres) of quality Boulia cattle country, the station is characterised by its flowing bores, three natural water systems as well as strong, sweet, clean, and healthy country.
The buyer was adjoining landholder Adrian Wells, Elrose Station. The sale price is equal to about $105/ha ($42/acre).
The property consists mainly of large areas of Mitchell grasslands and soft pebbly downs country interspersed with some gidyea.
The Hamilton River, Warenda and Fifteen Mile Creek systems traverse the property and provide natural channel irrigation and beneficial flooding over significant areas boosting natural grasses and herbage.
Supplementing the natural waterways are six capped, flowing bores supplying strategically located turkey nests, tanks and troughs plus five solar assisted bores supplying turkey nests, tanks, troughs and dams.
Located 25km east of Boulia, the rolling term lease has generally run 2500 to 3000 breeders.
The majority of the fencing has been replaced since 2008 and there are laneway systems.
There is a large set of steel cattle yards located close to the homestead.
The main homestead is constructed of double brick and has five bedrooms. A secondary building comprises two self-contained units and a schoolroom.
Westward Ho was marketed by Russell Wolff and Kevin Currie from Ray White Rural, Townsville.