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Chance to own the last piece of a family farm legacy



It’s not every day an Australian farming family surrenders a piece of its legacy, but in the tightly held Yass River, the last remaining portion of the Johnson family’s Merino property has hit the market – and it’s sure to capture the attention of tree changers and locals alike.

The highly productive “Blue Gum Flats” was bought about a century ago when Tim Warden’s great-grandfather got word of his successful bid while shearing up north in Queensland.

After clearing the land, leaving one paddock as a timber block, the family built a successful farming business that has been passed down through the generations.

Now Tim has moved interstate, he has put the last remaining 66-hectare (163 acres) portion of the farm on the market.

Free from any infrastructure and divided into seven paddocks, the property comprises native and improved pastures and a timber block with redgum, red box and stringy bark trees.

“The timber block was used as a timber mill for a while, but is now just a firewood source, and the sandstone off the property was used in the farmhouse,” Tim said.

Hidden away behind a hill, the secluded and private land is surrounded by a large acreage. Tim said it was “the best of the blocks” when the farm was subdivided.

While located in a reliable rainfall area, Blue Gum Flats is also serviced by six good-sized dams and a creek and has been running 200 to 400 Merinos.

Agent George Southwell said: “The property has so much potential, being located just 15 minutes from Yass, just over an hour from Canberra and about three hours from Sydney CBD; there is the opportunity to keep it as a hobby farm to run sheep, cattle or horses, or being a blank canvas, build the dream home."

“There’s also the appeal to turn it into a weekender – or even just make the most of the creek running through it or the timber bush block for camping.”

The time has come for this piece of family history to be passed on to start a new chapter in a family history book.

Agent: George Southwell +61 429 838 345 george.southwell@raywhite.com