||Merriwa – Upper Hunter NSW
An Amazing Property
Tawarri, comprising 3,200 rich black and red basalt acres was purchased in 2001 as a well respected grazing property, running both sheep and cattle.
Since then, with significant development of the homestead area and also further upgrading of the property itself, it stands as one
of the landmarks of the Upper Hunter region and eastern Australia.
The contemporary designed homestead, built with three pavilion-style wings and a north-easterly aspect overlooking the Liverpool ranges and 10 Mile Mountain to the north
and east, has been designed for modern day living – open plan kitchen and dining, large living area with open fire places, and 2 bedrooms with ensuites, all with floor-to-ceiling
windows allowing one to take in the scenic views, the early morning sun and masses of light.
The homestead is surrounded by 2.5 acres of irrigated fescue lawns.
The quadrangle, with its majestic Plane tree lined pathways, provides access from the homestead to the pool house,
tennis court, gymnasium, convention/theatre and the orchard and vegetable gardens.
The gardens were designed by well known Sydney designers Annie Wilkes and Richard Haig of Parterre Gardens. Established in 2001, and including 10 acres of manicured irrigated tall
fescue lawns, interspersed with wooded micro gardens and unexpected keyholes providing stunning views to the Ranges in the north, the vineyards and the hills to the east and west.
Overall 1km of Layton Green and Viburnum hedges, and 2,500 trees have been established, including London Planes, Manchurian Pears, Acer, Olives and Pointed Pines with the mature
Chinese Elms. Majestic Desert Ash and Oak trees stand tall near the pool.
There are some 100 inground lights highlighting the driveway and the gardens.
Central Park is typical of the micro gardens, with Poplars in the middle surrounded by London Planes and a tall Leyton Green hedge, and cattle statues,
purchased after the Sydney Olympics, grazing in the park - with a key hole to the north overlooking the property proving great views.
The Pool and Pool house
Beautifully integrated with the garden is an impressive floodlit, heated, 25m x 9m pool with Olives and Pointed Pines to the sides and a majestic Desert Ash, two Oak trees and three Gladsitias nearby.
The adjacent pavilion-style pool house contains all the distractions – the billiard table, the juke box, its own kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Outside there is the large open stone fire area – ideal for those cool winter evenings entertaining.
The Lodge is a 5 bedroom air-conditioned home with exposed floors, open plan design – ideal for either a family or
The Loft – with 2 lofted bedrooms, informal sitting room, dining, kitchen, modern bathroom with wide
verandahs on three sides is also close by. As is the Manager’s house - a renovated 3 bedroom weatherboard home.
Excellent modern four bedroom Manager’s residence, and separate three bedroom Station Hand’s cottage.
The 10 Mile Mountain hut provides a wonderful overnight camping spot and also magnificent views across the property.
Water and Rainfall
Water is a feature with the large 100 MgL irrigation and storage dam near the homestead, supplying water for all the gardens and homes, as well as an alternate supply for irrigation water.
There are two very good bores
the irrigation bore, capable of producing approximately 22,000 gallons per hour
the livestock and domestic bore, capable of approximately 15,000
gallons per hour.
A third bore is also equipped and used, with a further two unequipped bores.There are active natural springs and a waterfall in the high country.
Coulson’s Creek is a permanent supply – Tawarri has double frontage on the western side.
Rainfall is approx. 800mm to 850mm per annum.
Improvments and additional features
Tawarri's high quality improvements include:
- The 18m x 30m colorbond machinery shed with its concrete floor acts as both a
major machinery storage area and also the helicopter hangar.
- 11 Acres of Shiraz grapes were planted in 2001. Professionally managed, each year’s vintage is processed by well known wine maker Keith Tulloch at Pokolbin, in the lower Hunter.
- Tawarri is rated to carry 500 breeding cows – today it is run as a backgrounding property turning off approximately 2,000 head per annum.
- Approximately 350 hectares of the property is sown to lucerne and improved pasture, with the balance regularly top dressed and seeded with rye, sub and white clover and some phalaris.
- An elevation ranging from 400m to 978m above sea level supports Tawarri's park-like coverage of Apple, Yellow Box and Stringy Bark trees, with Casuarinas along the creek.
- well designed equestrian facilities
- two sets of cattle yards,
- shearing shed and sheep yards,
- expansive laneway system.
- Outstanding stock water reticulation system – 46 dams, 61 troughs, windmills and equipped bores.
- Over 6km double frontage to reliable Hillas Creek.
- Extensive hay, grain and silage storage, together with machinery sheds and work shop.
- Infrastructure maintained to high standard.