Rural NSW regions with more reliable rainfall attracting buyers: HTW

Rural NSW regions with more reliable rainfall attracting buyers: HTW
Rural NSW regions with more reliable rainfall attracting buyers: HTW

With large areas of New South Wales still in an extended drought, buyers are looking for opportunities to purchase property in higher, more reliable rainfall areas, according to a report released by Herron Todd White (HTW).

The valuation firm noted that areas with average annual rainfall in excess of 1,000 millimetres are continuing to attract buyers with a number of recent sales 75 kilometres south of Walcha in the Nowendoc area.

Some key sales in the Nowendoc area include: Emu Tops (pictured above) which sold in June 2018 for $2.85 million, reflecting $3,562 per acre for the 800 acre holding; Fernleigh which sold for $3.8 million in May 2018 reflecting $2,205 per acre for the 1,723 acre holding; and The Two Mile which achieved a sale price of $9.9 million in May 2018 for the 2,910 acre holding, reflecting $3,400 per acre.

To the east of Walcha, in a 1,000 millimetre average rainfall area, the sale of Enfield North for $10.1 million in March 2018 confirms that "buyers are willing to look past the current drought to secure properties that have the added rainfall security". Enfield North is a 3,774 acre holding with an estimated carrying capacity of 1,000 cows, reflecting $2,676 per acre or $10,100 per cow area improved.

The report noted: "in the New England, demand continues for medium to large scale grazing properties."

Rural NSW regions with more reliable rainfall attracting buyers: HTW

Maiden Creek (pictured above) in the Wollomombi area 60 kilometres east of Armidale sold in March 2018 for $8.85 million. This 4,510 acre holding was located in a 900 millimetre average annual rainfall area and had an estimated longer term carrying capacity of 800 cows, reflecting $1,962 per acre or $11,063 per cow area improved.

Other sales include Yonda at Guyra which sold in April 2018 for $3.97 million. This is a 1,237 acre holding located 16 kilometres from Guyra in a 900 millimetre average annual rainfall area with a reported carrying capacity of 400 cows, reflecting $3,209 per acre or $9,925 per cow area improved. 

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