Frequently Asked Questions - THE LAND

How big is the land?
We have bought the 7500 acre “Adler Hill Holding”, a former cattle property which is comprised of three titles. We are subdividing about 900 acres off into eight lots, the proceeds of which will pay off our bank loan. We have not yet decided whether we sell any more land, but we intend to keep at least 5300 acres.

Is there water?
We are the first property on Emerald Creek, an always cool permanent creek with a good flow coming out of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. We have a 190meg water license. Additionally our 25 acre dam was providing 250megs of water each year to a farm lessee when we bought the property. There are also several other dam sites, So there is plenty of water and that water could not be any cleaner.

What is the flora and fauna?
The property is predominately dry sclerophyl forest. There is some of the rare "tall forest" and a few rainforest species along the creek and high up in the back valley. There are pockets of grass-trees and cycads and in the Brindle creek valley are some very large old cycads. While most eucalypti are not very big, along the creek and in some gullies there are some very big gumtrees.
The property has been largely unused and un-touched for decades and some parts forever and we share kilometers of boundary whit the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, so we do have many unusual and rare species. There are kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, northern and rufous bettongs, northern and eastern quolls, echidnas, goannas and other lizards, native mice and rats, possums, dingoes, probably a few rare northern koalas, platypus, turtles, frogs, many different birds, including eagles and big water birds, many different snake, fish and insect species. So there is a wide range of wildlife including several rare and endangered species.

Are there any extreme weather events?
We do live in cyclone country, but being behind the great dividing range gives us some protection and any cyclone looses a fair bit of intensity by the time it gets to our land.
We also live in fire country, but up here in FNQ fires are less severe than in southern regions. We also have made arrangements with Parks and Wildlife and the local rural fire brigades to implement fire management with controlled mosaic burning.
Floods are not a threat to us as. Being the first on the creek means a fairly small catchment and the creek rises rarely more than three meters which affects only a narrow band along the creek.

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