PRESS RELEASE: Historic Cooradigbee Homestead

PRESS RELEASE: Historic Cooradigbee Homestead-Cooradigbee-1

“Cooradigbee” Homestead c 1910, Wee Jasper, NSW 2582

The sale of historic “Cooradigbee” Homestead situated on 40ha (100 acres) fronting the Goodradigbee River on the outskirts of the historic village of Wee Jasper has recently been completed following an earlier auction, by rural property specialist Meares and Associates, Sydney and Butt Livestock & Property, Yass.

The “Cooradigbee” historic homestead set on 100 acres (40ha) was built in 1910 with extensions and renovations taking place in the year 2000.

Located just 5km from the unique village of Wee Jasper, 58km from Yass, 90km from Canberra and 335km from Sydney, “Cooradigbee” sits in the heart of the Wee Jasper valley with frontage to Goodradigbee River which in turn sits above Lake Burrinjuck and the Murrimbidgee River.

The original “Cooradigbee” grant of 2,560 acres, taken up in 1831, is believed to have been the first farm in the Wee Jasper valley. Today the holding comprises 7,500 acres of scenic valley and hill country overlooking the river and Burrinjuck Dam. Purchased by the current owners in 1988, they have decided to offer the homestead on 100 acres, including absolute frontage to the Goodradigbee River for sale.

The history of the property is unique dating back to the Devonian period (400 million years old). The valley floor still contains many samples of marine fossils, including fossil fish, lung fish and armour-plated fish, whilst the tops contain many freshwater fossil species, given that the ridge on the western side used to be the coastline of Australia many generations years ago.

Today the valley is surrounded by National and State parks with Black Andrew Nature Reserve and Bungongo National Park to the west and the Brindabellas and Kosciusko to the south.

Taken up as a grant in 1831 by William Dutton, seven years after explorers Hume and Hovell passed through, Cooradigbee has been extremely well held including 110 years till the early 1970’s, by the Barber family. In 1988 it was purchased by the present owners.

The heart of the property is undoubtedly the historic homestead with its reinforced rammed earth walls, original ceilings and Cypress Pine floors with Cedar skirting and architraves.

This north-east facing homestead with its expansive patio / decking on three sides enjoys an overview across the paddocks for just 200 metres to the major waterways and the Goodradigbee River. Today with its history as a family home, boutique conference centre, farm stay accommodation and fully licenced café / restaurant, this fully renovated and extended homestead includes:

  • 5 spacious bedrooms, with 5 bathrooms (4 bedrooms with ensuites, and 6 toilets).
  • 3 entertaining living / dining rooms.
  • Full commercial kitchen.
  • Parlour / office.
  • Bar area with its expresso coffee machine, fridges and tap temprite.
  • Breeze way effect in summer – two trifolding doors on eastern side with
  • French doors on the western side, all with large Aneeta windows.
  • Spacious hallways with large verandahs on three sides.
  • Hydronic gas central heating and open fireplaces.

On the southern side of the homestead is the now games room, originally the young dairy boy’s cottage, with its billiard table – close enough for catering but far enough away for partying.

Sally Butt for marketing agents Butt Livestock & Property stated, “The Wee Jasper valley has long held the reputation for being a wonderful rural resort and retreat area for Canberra and Sydney families wishing to enjoy the benefits of country living together with the recreational activities provided by the Goodradigbee River, nearby Burrinjuck Dam and the mountains”.

Chris Meares for marketing agents Meares and Associates commented “these types of farms with an attractive historic homestead and a position and history such as Cooradigbee homestead has are just about impossible to find - with its unique geological background and resources the area has attracted many fossil seekers / explorer’s overtime. Apart from this today it is also its water sports with sailing, water- skiing, boating, and swimming, trout fishing, as well as its picnic and camping sites and its bush walking and trail riding in the hills which have made the valley a mecca for those wishing to enjoy a county style get away.” he concluded.

“Cooradigbee” was offered via Meares Online Auction in December 2021. The sale price remained undisclosed but was believed to be around $2.75m.

Chris Meares
Chief Executive
Meares and Associates, Sydney

Sally Butt
Butt Livestock & Property, Yass

Wednesday June 1st 2022Chris Meares