Carlton Hill Station

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Carlton Hill Station is located in Western Australia
Carlton Hill Station
Carlton Hill Station
Location in Western Australia

Carlton Hill Station is a pastoral lease and cattle station located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Situated approximately 39 kilometres (24 mi) to the north-west of Kununurra and 44 kilometres (27 mi) east of Wyndham, the station covers an area of 3,675 square kilometres (1,419 sq mi).[1]

The property is split in two by the Ord River as it flows from Lake Argyle to the Cambridge Gulf, a neighbouring property is Ivanhoe Station which is also owned by the Consolidated Pastoral Company.

The alluvial flats and black soil plains support rich stands of couch and buffel which make good grazing feed.

Carlton Hill and Ivanhoe Station are able to support 50,000 head of cattle including 18,000 Brahman breeders. The station is able to turn out 9,000 steers per annum for live export to Asia and the Middle East.

The station was initially established by Patrick Durack and his brother Michael who founded the station in 1893. By 1901 the station was carrying about 3,000 head of cattle.[2]

In August 2016, that the station was sold by the Consolidated Pastoral Company to Chinese property developers Shanghai Zhongfu trading in Australia as Kimberley Agricultural Investment. Consolidated Pastoral Company's Chief Executive Officer Troy Setter said CPC negotiated a 10-year-leaseback of the majority of the station, where it will continue to run it's cattle production operations on the property.[3]

The Sidney Kidman company, Bovril Australian Estates purchased Carlton Hill in 1909 along with another two stations, one being Northcote and the other in Northern Territory called Victoria River Downs for a total of £200,000.[4]

In 2010, the station manager was Stirling Fearon, who oversaw the 20 strong crew that completed that year's Muster. The Muster is mostly carried out on horseback using the station stock horses.

Director Baz Luhrmann used House Roof Hill which stands behind the horse arena as a backdrop for the fictional Faraway Downs homestead in his film Australia.[5]

The station is open for tours during the Ord Valley Muster. During the tour customers are invited to the Hoochery, a family operated distillery, and the oldest legal Still in Western Australia.[6]

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  1. ^ "Carlton Hill". Consolidated Pastoral Company. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "The North-West Blacks". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 29 May 1901. p. 2. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Michelle Stanley and Lisa Herbert (3 August 2016). "Carlton Hill cattle station sold to Chinese, but Consolidated Pastoral to retain cattle operation". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Australian Cattle stations". South Australian Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 31 March 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Stations: King of the Hill". Outback Magazine (71). Australia: Outback Publishing Company. June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ord Valley Muster". 2012. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 15°29′08″S 128°32′03″E / 15.48555°S 128.5343°E / -15.48555; 128.5343