EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST BY JUNE 30TH 2021
281 Shadforth Road, Cossack, Katherine, NT 0850
Last updated: 25th February 2023
Listing ID: 48066
- 200.0m2 Floor area
- 34.33m2 Land area
SPRINGVALE HOMESTEAD - PICTURESQUE PARK OF RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE - PRIME RIVERFRONT LAND - DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY (STCA)
Phone enquiries - please quote property ID 25929.
Here is an opportunity to acquire the iconic Springvale Homestead Park – a property with unique and significant cultural heritage value, and a cherished cornerstone of tourism in Katherine, Northern Territory.
Built in 1879, Springvale Homestead is the oldest standing homestead in the Territory and was one of the very first pastoral stations established in the Top End.
The Parks peaceful aura transports you through time and captivating chapters in history, which include its agricultural and pioneering expedition and settlement days, its role in World War II, the inspired setting for the notable literary works of novelist Tom Ronan (whose family is buried on site), and the joyful echoes of family and community spirit that still resonate from its renowned tourist destination days.
This picturesque property is situated on 34.33 hectares of prime riverfront land, which abounds with natural resources including a natural spring fed creek and freshwater billabong as well as three significant cultural heritage listed sites.
This property calls for the passion of a visionary investor or developer while it patiently awaits the next chapter of history to unfold! Zoned: Commercial/Tourism. Any application would need to be approved by council but opportunities such as short stay accommodation / farm stay / eco pods / caravan park etc. Other options to explore: Education or Retirement / Aged Care, as there is a shortage in the area.
NOTE: This property has undergone significant capital infrastructure investment to adhere to current Environment Health Standards including the installation of a state of the art environmentally friendly ENVIRA wastewater management system (30,000L/day max) complete with Doh Waste Water Design Approval ($500,000+). (DOH Waste Waterworks Design Approval). A new mains power connection, electrical upgrade, a brand new RV chemical dump, new fencing, plus a newly constructed pump shed (with concrete slab), tank and water pump.
Additional Property Features:
• 34.33 hectares (84 acres)
• Tourist Commercial Zoning
• Springvale Homestead & Ancillary barn
• 3-bedroom caretakers’ cottage
• swimming pool
• 20 x powered camp sites
• barbeque shade structure
• 3 x ablution blocks
• large storage shed
• 6,500L water tank
• Chemical Dump (RV mobile toilet treatment)
• mains power connection
• 3 x declared cultural heritage sites (see below excerpt from NT Gov. Heritage Register)
Whilst some works are still required, significant essential works have been completed.
Statement of Cultural Heritage Value
- NT Portion 1277(A) Ronan Graves
- NT Portion 2603(A) Homestead & Ancillary
- NT Portion 5609(A) Alice Spriggs Grave Site
Springvale Station was established in 1879 by Alfred Giles as part of Dr Browne's Northern Territory pastoral empire. The complex includes the homestead, store, Ronan family grave site and the immediate surrounding grounds to the river's edge.
The homestead was built in 1879 and was completed later the same year. Springvale was one of the first two substantial homesteads built in the Katherine region and the only one which remains.
The homestead and station also has associations with the Territory's commercial and agricultural development, World War II and Australian literature. Springvale was the head station and base for Dr Browne's pastoral interests in the Northern Territory. Stations which were established and stocked from Springvale included Delamere, Willeroo, Newcastle Waters and Bonrook under the overall management of Alfred Giles.
Springvale was also the central point for travellers passing between Darwin, South Australia and Queensland. During World War II the property became an Aboriginal labour settlement under joint Military and Native Affairs Branch control.
In 1949 George Hunt sold the home to noted Australian writers Tom and Moya Ronan. It was from here that Tom Ronan contributed some of his most noted literary works. (NT Government Heritage Register).
Potential buyers are invited to submit an offer by Expression of Interest before 30 June 2021.
Inspection: Strictly by appointment only.
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This property is car dependent with almost all errands requiring a car. Tagline
- Walker's Paradise
- Daily errands do not require a car
- Very Walkable
- Most errands can be accomplished on foot
- Somewhat Walkable
- Some errands can be accomplished on foot
- Car Dependent
- Most errands require a car
- Car Dependent
- Almost all errands require a car
- Rider's Paradise
- World-class public transportation
- Excellent Transit
- Transit is convenient for most trips
- Good Transit
- Many nearby public transportation options
- Some Transit
- A few nearby public transportation options
- Minimal Transit
- It is possible to get on a bus