Bill and Belinda Gordon recently took over ownership of Begonia station, in south-western Queensland, following in the footsteps of some of Queensland’s pioneering pastoralists.
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Modern-day Begonia is a 5700-hectare cattle and agritourism venture located on the Maranoa River, 75 kilometres north of St George. Two years ago, Bill and Belinda Gordon purchased the property and relocated their family from Condobolin in central western New South Wales, after dissolving a family partnership.
Bill grew up on a property near Cudal, in the central west region of New South Wales, and Belinda hails from the Central Tablelands. “I knew that I would be happy in Queensland,” Bill says. “I enjoyed working up here after leaving school and when Begonia station came up for sale we knew it was the perfect next step for our family.” The couple have three children: Abbey (10), William (9) and Charlie (6). Belinda and Bill’s shared interest of campdrafting brought them together and it was a passion for this sport that sealed the deal on their move. “When I heard that the district had a strong campdrafting circuit, I was sold,” Belinda says. “We couldn’t be happier. We’ve been warmly welcomed by the locals and appreciate that we now have an important role to play as the new custodians in charge of preserving Begonia’s significant history.”
This story excerpt is from Issue #117
Outback Magazine: February/March 2018