List of the largest stations in Australia

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This is a list of the largest stations in Australia, which includes stations with an area in excess of 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi).

All of largest pastoral leases are located in the three states of South Australia (SA), Queensland (QLD), and Western Australia (WA), and the Northern Territory (NT). The vast majority are cattle stations with no sheep stations appearing in the top ten. Most of the properties are owned by pastoral companies such as Australian Agricultural Company, Consolidated Pastoral Company, S. Kidman & Co Ltd, North Australian Pastoral Company, Heytesbury Pty. Ltd., Paraway Pastoral Company and Jumbuck Pastoral Company.

Largest stations[edit]

This list includes the stations in Australia by virtue of area

Anna Creek homestead
Alexandria Station, homestead and outbuildings, Queensland, 1921
Channel Country, home to some of Queenslands largest cattle stations
Cattle and horses in stockyards at Victoria River Downs circa 1985
Brolgas, Brunette Downs station, Barkly Tableland, NT
Tanami Track near Tanami downs
Curtin Springs Station
Austral Downs Homestead ca. 1930
Noonkanbah woolshed, now the community centre
RankStationStateArea (km2)Area (mi2)StockYear Est.NotesReferences
1Anna CreekSA23,6779,140Cattle1863Grazed sheep originally, largest station in SA, Australia and world, Area includes both Anna Creek and The Peake outstation combined.[1]
2AlexandriaNT16,1166,220Cattle1877Largest station in NT[2]
3Davenport DownsQLD15,1005,830Cattlebefore 1878Largest station in Qld. Area includes both Davenport Downs and Springvale station combined.[3]
4Home ValleyWA14,1645,470Cattle1926Largest station in WA. Area includes Home Valley, Karunjie and Durack River stations combined. Owned by Indigenous Land Corporation[4]
5InnaminckaSA13,5525,230Cattle1872Second largest station in SA. Size once estimated at 10,000 square miles (25,900 km2)[5][6]
6Wave HillNT13,5005,210Cattle1883Second largest station in NT.[7]
7Marion DownsQLD12,4604,810Cattlebefore 1878Second largest station in QLD[8]
8Brunette DownsNT12,2124,720Cattle1883Third largest station in NT.[9]
9QuinyambieSA12,1414,690Cattle1872Third largest station in SA. Area quoted is maximum figure quoted as nearly 3 million acres[10]
9De Grey StationWA12,1414,690Cattle1869Second largest station in WA. Area figure may be disputed, in 1886 the area quoted is nearly three millions of acres, and would include the Pardoo outstation[11]
11Lake NashNT12,0004,630Cattlebefore 1879[12]
12MacumbaSA11,0634,270Cattlebefore 1874[13]
13Newcastle WatersNT10,3534,000Cattle1883[14]
14Helen SpringsNT10,1983,940Cattlebefore 1885Area includes both Helen Springs and Brunchilly outstation combined.[15]
15RawlinnaWA10,1173,910Sheep1962Largest sheep station in WA, Australia and World[16][17]
16Headingly StationQLD10,0323,870Cattle1881Area includes Headingly, Carandotta and Wolgra leases[18]
17Commonwealth Hill StationSA10,0003,860Sheep1890Area includes both Commonwealth Hill and Mobella outstation combined. Biggest sheep station in SA, second largest sheep station in Australia[19]
18Walhallow StationNT9,9973,860Cattle1881[20]
19Ruby PlainsWA9,6743,740Cattle1889Area includes both Ruby Plains and Sturt Creek outstation combined.[21]
20Anthony Lagoon & Eva DownsNT9,3493,610Cattle?Both Anthony Lagoon and Eva Downs operate as one entity[22]
21Durham DownsQLD8,9103,440Cattle1873[23]
22Victoria River DownsNT8,9003,440Cattle1880At one time was the largest station in Australia and the World covering 41,000 km2[23]
23NockatungaQLD8,5003,280Cattle1870[24]
24Cordillo DownsSA7,8003,010Cattle1872Grazed sheep until 1942 and was once regarded as Australia's largest sheep station.[25][26]
25NaryilcoQLD7,5102,900Cattle[27]
26Nappa MerrieQLD7,2752,810Cattle1871[28]
27GogoWA7,0822,730Cattle1885[29]
27MaduraWA7,0822,730Sheep1876Originally settled to breed horses for British Army in India[30][31]
29MittiebahNT6,9552,690Cattle1877[32]
29GlenormistonQLD6,9202,670Cattlebefore 1881[33]
31Balfour DownsWA6,8002,630Cattlebefore 1910[34]
32Durrie StationQLD6,6002,550Cattlebefore 1908[35]
33Milly MillyWA6,4752,500Sheepbefore 1879Also has a small herd of cattle[36]
34CoorabulkaQLD6,3702,460Cattlebefore 1882[37]
35Morney PlainsQLD6,2402,410Cattlebefore 1876[38]
36Mount MargaretQLD5,9902,310Cattlebefore 1925Has also previously been used for grazing sheep[39]
37ElseyNT5,3342,060Cattle1879The station that inspired the story and film We of the Never Never[40]
38HenburyNT5,2732,040Cattle1875Became a conservation area in 2011[41]
39Diamantina LakesQLD5,0701,960Cattle1876Now a National Park[42]
40MedaWA5,0591,950Cattlebefore 1883[43]
41South Galway StationQLD4,8761,880Cattle Before 1884[44]
42Three RiversWA4,8001,850Sheep1884[45]
43WilgenaSA4,7421,830Sheepbefore 1909Once used to graze cattle[46]
44Austral DownsNT4,6921,810Cattle1883[47]
45CanobieQLD4,2911,660Cattle1864[48]
46Tanami DownsNT4,2001,620Cattlebefore 1911Formerly known as Mongrel Downs[49]
47AuvergneNT4,1421,600Cattlebefore 1886[50]
48Curtin SpringsNT4,0501,560Cattle1930s[51]
49MillungeraQLD4,0471,560Cattle1880[52]
49Drysdale RiverWA4,0471,560Cattle1882[53]
49BanjawarnWA4,0471,560Sheep1903[54]
52Louisa DownsWA4,0001,540Cattle before 1933
52NoonkanbahWA4,0001,540Cattle 1880s[55]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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