Workers from the Anna Creek cattle station take a break on the Oodnadatta Track in outback South Australia as they start the mustering of cattle by motorbike and plane on June 20, 2000
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June 24, 2015 3:38 AM EDT

Fancy a backyard so big it takes an entire week flying around in a plane to see the whole thing? Yes, you could be the owner of the largest private tract of land on earth after the Australian Kidman family decided to sell their 11 million hectare (8,800 square mile) cattle kingdom in the Australian outback.

S. Kidman and Co, the eighth-largest landholder in the world, has shortlisted 30 bidders from around Australia, as well as from the U.S., Switzerland, the U.K., China and Indonesia, for the sale, the Independent reports.

The Kidman family, which owns 98% of its namesake company, are the fifth generation descendants of Sidney Kidman, who despite running away from home at a young age managed to start a business that today produces 1.3% of all Australia’s beef. (The family is unrelated to Australian actress Nicole Kidman.)

The value of the various cattle stations that make up the Kidman empire, as well as the property itself, is estimated at $325 million. The sale, which is expected to net more than that, will be finalized after each bidder completes the requisite week-long property inspection.


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