New block on the Darling Downs
I'm Chris. My wife Michelle and I recently purchased a 100 acre block at Kumbarilla on the Darling Downs. The idea was to use the place as a weekender, mostly to get the kids out of town so that they could do what kids should be doing.
We are still undecided as to what we are going to produce, but there are a few options available to us. We have a lot of work to do to get the boundary fences to the stage where we can run either Dorpers or goats. Growing out some weiners is not off the cards either.
The property name is Gravel Ridge, and for good reason. The front half of the block is hard gravel country and the back half is sandy loam. Its typical Brigalow country, Box, Whispy Belah, Gum and Cypress stands. Goats would be great to get rid of some of the wattle suckers.
Previously it had be used as a small scale aquaculture farm (crayfish) but unfortunately the infrastructure has been neglected and is now pretty much worthless. The dams do remain and still have good water levels even though it is a bloody dry season.
We are lucky to have a bore with good water and multiple dams. The previous owners have already run the pipes so the bore can be used to fill the dams in a dry season. We put some yabby traps in and caught some good size yabbies.
The previous owners were involved with recreational aviation. We have a 900m long airstrip and an aircraft hangar for good measure.
I hope I can get a few ideas and share some experiences here on this forum.