List of the largest stations in Australia

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This is a list of the largest stations in Australia, which includes stations with an area in excess of 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi).

All of largest pastoral leases are located in the three states of South Australia (SA), Queensland (QLD), and Western Australia (WA), and the Northern Territory (NT).

The vast majority are cattle stations with no sheep stations appearing in the top ten. Most of the properties are owned by pastoral companies such as Australian Agricultural Company, Consolidated Pastoral Company, S. Kidman & Co Ltd, North Australian Pastoral Company, Heytesbury Pty. Ltd., Paraway Pastoral Company and the Jumbuck Pastoral Company.

Largest stations[edit]

This list includes the stations in Australia by virtue of area

Anna Creek homestead
Alexandria Station, homestead and outbuildings, Queensland, 1921
Channel Country, home to some of Queenslands largest cattle stations
Cattle and horses in stockyards at Victoria River Downs circa 1985
Brumbies next to the Innamincka Track
Innamincka Station 1910
Donkey team at Wave Hill station, Northern Territory, ca. 1946
Brolgas, Brunette Downs station, Barkly Tableland, NT
Meat House at Davenport Downs QLD, 1925
Tanami Track near Tanami Downs NT
Curtin Springs Station
Austral Downs Homestead ca. 1930
Nappa Merrie homestead in 1959
Noonkanbah woolshed, now the community centre
Rank Station State Area (km2) Area (mi2) Stock Year Est. Notes References
1 Anna Creek SA 23,677 9,140 Cattle 1863 Grazed sheep originally, largest station in SA, Australia and world, Area includes both Anna Creek and The Peake outstation combined. [1]
2 Clifton Hills SA 17,000 6,560 Cattle before 1881 Second largest station in SA [2]
3 Alexandria NT 16,116 6,220 Cattle 1877 Largest station in NT [3]
4 Davenport Downs QLD 15,100 5,830 Cattle before 1878 Largest station in Qld. Area includes both Davenport Downs and Springvale station combined. [4]
5 Home Valley WA 14,164 5,470 Cattle 1926 Largest station in WA. Area includes Home Valley, Karunjie and Durack River stations combined. Owned by Indigenous Land Corporation [5]
6 Innamincka SA 13,552 5,230 Cattle 1872 Third largest station in SA. Size once estimated at 10,000 square miles (25,900 km2) [6][7]
7 Wave Hill NT 13,500 5,210 Cattle 1883 Second largest station in NT. [8]
8 Marion Downs QLD 12,460 4,810 Cattle before 1878 Second largest station in QLD [9]
9 Brunette Downs NT 12,212 4,720 Cattle 1883 Third largest station in NT. [10]
10 Quinyambie SA 12,141 4,690 Cattle 1872 Area quoted is maximum figure quoted as nearly 3 million acres [11]
10 De Grey Station WA 12,141 4,690 Cattle 1869 Second largest station in WA. Area figure may be disputed, in 1886 the area quoted is nearly three millions of acres, and would include the Pardoo outstation [12]
12 Lake Nash NT 12,000 4,630 Cattle before 1879 Area includes the Lake Nash, Georgina Downs and Argadargada leases. [13]
13 Macumba SA 11,063 4,270 Cattle before 1874 [14]
14 Newcastle Waters NT 10,353 4,000 Cattle 1883 Area includes the Powell Creek and Tandyidgee pastoral leases. [15]
15 Helen Springs NT 10,198 3,940 Cattle before 1885 Area includes both Helen Springs and Brunchilly outstation combined. [16]
16 Rawlinna WA 10,117 3,910 Sheep 1962 Largest sheep station in WA, Australia and World [17][18]
17 Headingly Station QLD 10,032 3,870 Cattle 1881 Area includes Headingly, Carandotta and Wolgra leases [19]
18 Commonwealth Hill Station SA 10,000 3,860 Sheep 1890 Area includes both Commonwealth Hill and Mobella outstation combined. Biggest sheep station in SA, second largest sheep station in Australia [20]
19 Walhallow Station NT 9,997 3,860 Cattle 1881 [21]
20 Ruby Plains WA 9,674 3,740 Cattle 1889 Area includes both Ruby Plains and Sturt Creek outstation combined. [22]
21 Anthony Lagoon & Eva Downs NT 9,349 3,610 Cattle ? Both Anthony Lagoon and Eva Downs operate as one entity [23]
22 Strathmore QLD 9,310 3,590 Cattle ? Largest single pastoral lease in Queensland [24]
23 Durham Downs QLD 8,910 3,440 Cattle 1873 [25]
24 Victoria River Downs NT 8,900 3,440 Cattle 1880 At one time was the largest station in Australia and the World covering 41,000 km2 [25]
25 Adria Downs QLD 8,750 3,380 Cattle before 1912
26 Nockatunga QLD 8,500 3,280 Cattle 1870 [26]
27 Tanbar QLD 8,300 3,200 Cattle before 1884 [27]
28 Cordillo Downs SA 7,800 3,010 Cattle 1872 Grazed sheep until 1942 and was once regarded as Australia's largest sheep station. [28][29]
29 Dunbar QLD 7,770 3,000 Cattle before 1883 [30]
30 Arrabury QLD 7,600 2,930 Cattle before 1887 [31]
31 Naryilco QLD 7,510 2,900 Cattle before 1880 [32]
32 Nappa Merrie QLD 7,275 2,810 Cattle 1871 [33]
33 Gogo WA 7,082 2,730 Cattle 1885 [34]
33 Madura WA 7,082 2,730 Sheep 1876 Originally settled to breed horses for British Army in India [35][36]
34 Billa Kalina SA 7,000 2,700 Cattle  ? Includes the Miller's Creek lease. [37]
36 Mittiebah NT 6,955 2,690 Cattle 1877 [38]
36 Glenormiston QLD 6,920 2,670 Cattle before 1881 [39]
38 Balfour Downs WA 6,800 2,630 Cattle before 1910 [40]
39 Durrie Station QLD 6,600 2,550 Cattle before 1908 [41]
39 Moola Bulla WA 6,600 2,550 Cattle 1910 [42]
41 Stuart Creek SA 6,500 2,510 Cattle [43]
42 Milly Milly WA 6,475 2,500 Sheep before 1879 Also has a small herd of cattle [44]
43 Coorabulka QLD 6,370 2,460 Cattle before 1882 [45]
44 Morney Plains QLD 6,240 2,410 Cattle before 1876 [46]
45 Tobermorey NT 5,994 2,310 Cattle before 1911 [47]
46 Mount Margaret QLD 5,990 2,310 Cattle before 1925 Has also previously been used for grazing sheep [48]
47 Mulka SA 5,600 2,160 Cattle before 1889 [49]
48 Elsey NT 5,334 2,060 Cattle 1879 The station that inspired the story and film We of the Never Never [50]
49 Henbury NT 5,273 2,040 Cattle 1875 Became a conservation area in 2011 [51]
50 Limbunya NT 5,222 2,020 Cattle before 1923 [52]
51 Diamantina Lakes QLD 5,070 1,960 Cattle 1876 Now a National Park [53]
52 Meda WA 5,059 1,950 Cattle before 1883 [54]
53 Tanumbirini NT 5,001 1,930 Cattle before 1908 [55]
54 South Galway Station QLD 4,876 1,880 Cattle Before 1884 [56]
55 Three Rivers WA 4,800 1,850 Sheep 1884 [57]
56 Wilgena SA 4,742 1,830 Sheep before 1909 Once used to graze cattle [58]
57 Austral Downs NT 4,692 1,810 Cattle 1883 [59]
58 Canobie QLD 4,291 1,660 Cattle 1864 [60]
60 Alroy Downs NT 4,232 1,630 Cattle 1877 [61]
60 Tanami Downs NT 4,200 1,620 Cattle before 1911 Formerly known as Mongrel Downs [62]
61 Auvergne NT 4,142 1,600 Cattle before 1886 [63]
62 Curtin Springs NT 4,050 1,560 Cattle 1930s [64]
63 Millungera QLD 4,047 1,560 Cattle 1880 [65]
63 Drysdale River WA 4,047 1,560 Cattle 1882 [66]
63 Banjawarn WA 4,047 1,560 Sheep 1903 [67]
66 Louisa Downs WA 4,000 1,540 Cattle before 1933
66 Noonkanbah WA 4,000 1,540 Cattle 1880s [68]

See also[edit]

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