Originally spanning approximately 155,920 hectares (385,280 acres), Charlotte Plains Station was established in the 1860s. By 1914, the property boasted over 67,000 head of sheep, yielding nearly 1500 bales of wool. In 1923, the Nagel family acquired the property, maintaining ownership for 98 years. Presently, under the ownership of Robyn Russell (nee Nagel), the station has been scaled down to cover 27,000 hectares, retaining its historical significance.
At the core of Charlotte Plains, sheep shearing remains a central practice. We currently manage Merino Sheep for wool production alongside Dohne Rams for meat. Additionally, we’ve integrated Aussie White Sheep into the station, known for shedding wool and resilience in arid conditions. With an average wool micron range of 19-20, our sheep are sheared in the original, historic woolshed.
In 1892, a bore was drilled to a depth of 561m into the Great Artesian Basin, ensuring essential water supply for the property. Initially yielding over 11 million litres daily, the flow, though reduced to just under 2 million litres by the 1970s, has never been discontinued. Utilizing a network of bore drains spanning over 180km, this water sustains our livestock, including sheep and various animals across the property.
Emerging at around 42°C, the water from the Borehead, enriched with minerals from the underground basin, offers a uniquely relaxing soak. In 2019, we enhanced the bathing experience at the Borehead, introducing a set of porcelain baths and a shower that provides panoramic views of the surrounding pools.
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