Southern Cross are proud to have been installing windmills Bundaberg can depend on since 1903.
With over 100 years of expertise designing and manufacturing windmills, Bundaberg residents can be confident knowing they have the support of Australia’s oldest windmill manufacturer.
People all across Queensland are well aware of the need for a sound water supply, and because of this, a number of these people continue to turn to a Southern Cross Windmill.
A small coastal city, Bundaberg is the business centre for the major sugar cane growing region, and is known well for its namesakes Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks
Southern Cross Windmills are available in a range of both windwheel and windmill tower sizes, and our experts can help you find the windmill that best suits your needs.
Our ‘FA’ Series towers come between 20′ and 60′, and the ‘IZ’ windwheels are available in sizes starting at 6′ all the way up to a 14′ wheel. The dimensions of your windmill will be determined by your surrounding landscape.
The Southern Cross “FA” Series Windmill Towers are available in the following heights:
The minimum recommended tower height for each windwheel size, is as follows:
For centuries, we have worked with wind to power our boats, mill our grain and pump our water. Wind power is the first renewable energy to be harnessed by mankind.
Windmills have been a part of rural living in Australia for more than a century, and is a great renewable energy source, in addition to being an Australian icon. For well over a hundred years, rural Australians in towns like Bundaberg have relied on windmills as a renewable energy source, and the humble windmill has become an Australian icon.
Windmills can be built anywhere there is access to water, whether it be a bore, a well, a river or dam, the windmill continues to be one of the most effective and greenest water harvesting solutions.
Water has always provided a challenge for Australians, living in a famously dry and arid country – so much so that 85% of Australia’s population is located within a mere 50km from the nearest coastline.
The advent of the modern windmill, thanks to George Washington Griffiths, was a game changer for pastoralists and graziers, allowing them to move further away from the coast for stock grazing, where land was more affordable and accessible.
Most windmills are used to draw water from underground water tables deep below the surface, but they can also be repurposed to reroute water from a river or creek, or pump it into or from a dam.
As technology consistently advances, there have been a range of challengers to the humble Windmill pump, the most recent of which being solar pumps.
Windmills are proven to have a long term success that remains to be seen with the more modern solar pumps, with plenty of properties across Australia boasting wind pumps that are more than fifty years old and still functioning perfectly.
Despite solar systems being advertised as a safer option, they may contain a potentially dangerous current, while the “dangerous” windmill accounts for less than 1% of all accidents on rural properties.
With a 30+ year design life, and over a hundred years’s experience in providing windmills to Australian families, Southern Cross Windmills are a name you can depend on.
Since 1903, over 250 000 iconic Southern Cross Windmills have been built. All windmills produced by Southern Cross are hot dip galvanised, and supported by over 100 years of winning windmill design.
Every Southern Cross Windmill comes with our 3 year windmill warranty.
At Southern Cross we pride ourselves in the design and integrity of our Windmills. We specialise in the design, manufacture, installation and servicing of top-notch windmills, across Australia and around the world.
All of our windmills are designed and engineered in-house, and are durable enough to succeed in the harshest of Australian climates, rain, hail or shine.
Genuine Southern Cross parts for all current range windmills are available for repairs or maintenance. If you are looking for parts for any past windmill, tower, pump or trough models, contact us to see if they are still available to purchase.
Southern Cross Windmills has unparalleled experience in dealing with towns like Bundaberg’s water storage needs, with the very first Southern Cross branded windmill being produced at the Toowoomba Foundry all the way back in 1903.
The Griffiths family produced their first windmills in 1876, which were based on blueprints from American engineer Daniel Halladay, and improved upon for durability and performance
These first windmills allowed rural Australians to move into more arid areas of the country for grazing sheep and cattle, and inland towns and pastoral runs began to spring up across the nation.
Much like another Toowoomba icon – the lamington – Southern Cross windmills have become an Australian classic. However unlike the lamington, the Southern Cross Windmill originating in Toowoomba is not up for debate.
Southern Cross is an Australian owned brand, and we still operate out of Withcott to this day, servicing Australians all across the country, including graziers, irrigators and rural families.
This Southern Cross windwheel – a massive 7.3 m – now resides at the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society, and was originally supplied by Southern Cross Windmills in 1924.
The magnificent windmill is now used solely for display purposes, but it pumped water reliable for 73 years before it was donated to the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society by the Payne family.
This timeless windmill is now closing in on 100 years old, and serves as a testament to the resilience and dependability of a Southern Cross windmill. At its last service, all that was needed was an oil top up to keep it running smoothly.
The 1989 film The Delinquents starring Kylie Minogue was set in Bundaberg.
Bundaberg derived its name from the local Taribelang kinship group’s name bunda and the Saxon suffix berg meaning Town, translating to The Town of Bunda.