Bundarbo Station, the NSW country estate and farm owned by the late legendary television boss Sam Chisholm, will be one of the trophy rural offerings this summer.
The 2103-hectare Jugiong holding, nestled on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River west of Yass, comes to market with an asking price of more than $30 million at at time when prime farm values with good access to water are holding up well amid the crippling drought conditions
Mr Chisholm, who passed away in July aged 78, was a confidant of both Kerry Packer during his time running Channel Nine in the 1980s and Rupert Murdoch when he moved to Britain in 1989 to turn around cable broadcaster Sky, leading its merger with British Satellite Broadcasting to create BSkyB (now called Sky UK).
As a charismatic but prickly media boss, he was famous for his fearsome icy stare, ruthlessness at times and ability to get out the cheque book to attract big name stars. But he was also self-deprecating and dry-humoured, referring to himself in one interview as “just a potato farmer”.
Chisholm paid $2.716 million for Bundarbo in 1995 when it was bought from descendents of the Osborne family, who had held what was once a 26,000 hectare property continuously since 1847.
Chisholm and wife Sue extensively renovated and extended the homestead complex, which is set within 20 hectares of manicured park-like gardens designed by Edna Walling.
The gardens were renowned in the district and were opened to the public during the Open Garden Australia festival to raise money for the local community.
As a productive farm, Bundarbo operated as a beef cattle breeding and fattening holding, running 1100 Angus breeders plus followers. It has also been run as a successful merino sheep and prime lamb breeding property.
Bundarbo is being offered for sale by veteran rural agent Chris Meares from Meares & Associates on behalf of the executors of Mr Chisholm’s estate.
Mr Meares said Mr Chisholm was both a visionary and a trailblazing force in the Australian and global television industries and “a very keen supporter of rural Australia”.
“Sam always believed that every successful Australian should invest back into the rural sector,” he said.
“The sale of Bundarbo will create huge interest both here in Australia and overseas. There is arguably no other property with the unique features of Bundarbo, with its magnificent homestead and guest complex, nationally recognised gardens and a working property with size, scale and reputation.”