Bellevue Pastoral Company was founded as a sheep grazing operation in 1936 when Sydney and Isabelle Eather first purchased land on the Namoi River. In the 1960’s, the family put their hand to developing irrigation for pastures and bore water solutions. Since this period, irrigation has become a significant part of the Bellevue story, first providing for the growth of fodder crops and later for diversification from the 1990’s into other crops such as cotton and durum wheat.
Since the 1990’s, the Bellevue property portfolio has expanded to include Warinella (1996), Narooma (2002), Violet Downs (2007), Glenelg (2011), Qunidalup (2014), Blackwood Park (2018), Sapphire (located near Blackwood Park) in 2020, Merila (next door to Narooma) in 2021 and most recently in 2022 Warilea, Browns and Curra which are neighbouring properties to Bellevue.
Today the Bellevue entity is focused on cropping with most of the farms in the Bellevue portfolio operating with broad scale irrigation for cotton and durum wheat. The balance of the properties in the portfolio are dryland and support wheat, canola, sorghum and various other cereals and pulses.
In 2020, the Bellevue group branched out into an exciting new venture; almonds at their Quindalup property. Almond trees have been planted across three stages since 2020 with now 125,600 almond trees across three different varieties, nonpareil, carmel and carina prospering in the Riverina.
As the third family generation, Darren and Leanne Eather are passionate about the future of Bellevue Pastoral Company and are committed to continuing to operate Bellevue with strong family values. The Eather family is built on foundations of hard work and on any given day, you will find Darren and Leanne out in the fields on a machine or working hard to ensure the growth and longevity of the Bellevue family business.