Beltana Station sold under the hammer

Beltana Station in the Flinders Ranges, steeped in history dating back to 1855 with strong ties to Robert Barr Smith and Sir Thomas Elder, sold under the hammer for $8.4 million.

A strong crowd of over 100 people gathered in Adelaide to watch the property change hands, with far north pastoralist, Andrew Doman of Yadlamalka Station becoming the new custodian of Beltana Station.

Nestled in the iconic and picturesque Flinders Ranges, Beltana Station is situated on the sealed Outback Highway, 506km north of Adelaide.

Beltana Station’s rich history includes expeditions made by Ernest Giles, as well as the importation of camels by Sir Thomas Elder into South Australia which enabled remote areas of Australia to be explored along with transport that assisted with the overland telegraph line. In 1869 Sir Thomas Elder and Samuel Stuckey formed a transport company, operating between Port Augusta and his most remote northern station, Lake Hope, with thirty donkeys and one hundred camels.

Elders’ rural real estate manager, Philip Keen conducted the auction alongside Bruce Cameron, with four active bidders vying for the property.

“Beltana Station attracted significant interest throughout the campaign. It is a fully working sheep and cattle station, plus it has the tourism business to accompany – it was a rare offering to the public market.”

“Originally the property was appraised and expectations were in excess of $7million, so the result is exceptional,” he said.

The Ragless family are proud to have been part of the history of Beltana Station – the homestead, cottage, shearing shed and men’s quarters, all dating back to the 1860’s are proof of their care, commitment and investment in Beltana Station.

General Manager Elders Real Estate, Tom Russo says the result reflects ongoing strong confidence in the agricultural sector and high demand for quality livestock production assets.”