Two key property opportunities in the diverse and productive Samaria Valley about 25 kms south of Benalla and a short distance east of the village of Swanpool on the Midland Highway are coming on to the market through Ruralco Property in the next few weeks as the O’Connor family downsizes.

One property a farming block of 60 hectares (149.5 acres) will be auctioned on Saturday 29 April at 11 am on site.

Essentially rectangular the property is known as 2497 Samaria Road Moorngag and its landform is undulating brown and red loam soils carrying a mix of native and improved pastures, the latter having a history of extensive organic fertilizer applications.



It is well fenced into four paddocks on which there are seven dams, five being seasonally spring fed.

There is a 200 roll capacity steel hay shed in excellent condition with 58,000 litres of rainwater tank storage attached while the holding has extensive treed fence lines.

Ruralco Property’s Benalla agent Brett Neilson says there are many ideal house sites for which building permits will be required.

“In addition to the freehold area there is a further small quantum, about 2.1 hectares, of licensed but unused road reserves.

Mr Neilson says “this is an accessible farm block that presents impressively while the Samaria Valley has a diverse mix of agricultural and specialty enterprises.

“The vendors Barry and Pamela O’Connor purchased this holding in 2002 and are selling to down size after successfully running sheep and cattle, including a Santa Gertrudis herd, successfully on this block and adjoining land which would be regarded as good as there is in this district.

Mr Neilson says he is anticipating offers will be in the region of $550,000.

Also for private sale is the adjoining property at 2521 Samaria Road known as Condarra, a name derived from a local native dialect.

With a sale expectation at $595,000 it is the homestead block of the family farm with an impressive four-bedroom brick veneer home that has an area under roof of about 23 squares.

It was extensively renovated and extended about eight years ago and presents impressively with wide verandas on three sides, plus a triple carport is attached and the extensive room sizes are complemented by all modern services and features.

An extensive established garden also shows off the property.

The renovation included upgraded plumbing and electricals while there is an 80,000 litre rainwater storage attached plus another 58,000 litre storage that is available but not currently connected.


The home is attractively sited to take in district views while all the improvements are on the attached 12 hectares (30 acres) divided by good fencing as a house paddock plus three others,

There is a full set of steel cattle yards, one dam with stock troughs in each area.

There are three hay or machinery sheds that are quite substantial in scale with the largest enclosed hay shed holding 200 large round bales.

But a unique feature is the large workshop complete with a hydraulic vehicle hoist where Barry O’Connor has been pursuing his interest in classic vehicle restoration.

He notes that he recently completed “a full reno on the Dodge truck which was the original farm cattle truck and I recently sold that to a buyer in Queensland”.

Barry thinks that the buildings and carports together with his workshop and hoist will likely appeal to another historic vehicle, truck or tractor restorer and would suit a home-based business in addition to a hobby interest.

He adds “the Samaria Valley has a great mix of traditional farm and specialty enterprises including wine grapes, olives and equine pursuits, while directly opposite our property is the new family run Samaria Farm café, produce store and orchards including 3,000 damask roses, olives, lemon and lemon myrtle that has developed a popular following over the last three years.

“This is a location where you can grow anything with good soils and water as this area has a 950 mm long term annual rainfall average and the location roughly midway between Benalla and Mansfield and being just off the Midland Highway offers plenty of potential and access to services

”We are selling both holdings after we moved to this district from business careers interstate in 2002 but the time has arrived to downsize and we intend relocating probably into Benalla” Brian says

Jeanette Laffan from the Ruralco Property office in Kilmore is handing the private sale of the homestead and the thirty acres.

For either the farm block auction at 2497 Samaria Road on site on Saturday 29 April at 11 am  or private sale enquiries on Condarra at 2521 Samaria Road contact Ruralco Property Benalla agent Brett Neilson on 0418 626 503 or contact Ruralco Property Kilmore agent Jeanette Laffan on 0438 452 641

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