Gympie is a former gold rush town, and former home of the Big Pineapple, located 170kms North of Brisbane, and 110kms South of Hervey Bay.
Southern Cross are proud to have been installing windmills Gympie can rely on since 1903.
With over 100 years of expertise designing and manufacturing windmills, Gympie 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 due to this, many of these people continue to turn to a Southern Cross Windmill.
Southern Cross offers a range of sizes in both windwheels, and windmill towers, and can work with you to find the suitable windmill for you.
Our ‘IZ’ Double Geared Windmills range from a 6′ windwheel to a 14′ windwheel, and we offer tower heights from 20′ up to 60′. The most suitable windmill tower for you will be determined by your geographical location, and the size of your chosen windwheel.
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:
Wind power is the original renewable energy source. It has been utilised to power our boats, mill our grain and pump our water for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
Windmills have been a part of rural living in Australia for well over a century, and is a great renewable energy source, along with being an Australian icon. For well over a hundred years, rural Australians in towns like Gympie have relied on windmills as a renewable energy source, and the humble windmill has become an Australian icon.
Still one of the best and most environmentally friendly water harvesting solutions, a windmill can be constructed and effective anywhere there is access to water, whether that be underground in a well or bore, or drawing from a river or dam.
Australia is a notoriously arid and tough country, and water has always been difficult to come by for rural Australians – so much so that 85% of Australia’s population lives within 50km of the coast.
Before the arrival of the modern windmill to rural Australia, many pastoralists and graziers were restricted by water supply, but when these windmills were introduced, they had the capacity to set up large stations and pastoral runs well inland.
While most rural properties use their windmills to pump water from bores or wells, windmills can also pump water from rivers and creeks, or into and out of dams.
As modern technology consistently advances, there have been a range of challengers to the modest Windmill pump, the most recent of which being solar pumps.
Windmill pumps on some properties across the country have been reliably operating for over 50 years, and while solar looks promising, its longevity has not yet been proven.
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.
For over a century, Southern Cross has been supplying windmills that Australian families can rely on. All of our Windmills include a 30+ year design life.
With the backing of over a century of industry leading windmill design and Australian innovation, Southern Cross continue to increase on the over 250 000 windmills sold since 1903. All Southern Cross Mills are hot dip galvanised.
A 3 year warranty is included in every purchase of a new Southern Cross Windmill.
Southern Cross specialise in the design, manufacture, installation and service of windmills across Australia. We pride ourselves in the design and integrity of every Windmill we produce.
All of our windmills are designed and engineered in-house, and are durable enough to survive in the harshest of Australian climates, rain, hail or shine.
Authentic 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 Gympie’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 first windmill built by the Griffiths family was manufactured in 1876, based on designs by Daniel Halladay, which were improved upon for Australian conditions.
The introduction of windmills to the Australian outback enabled rural families and pastoralists to occupy more arid areas of the country, causing towns and pastoral runs to begin popping up across these areas.
Unlike another Aussie classic, the lamington, Southern Cross Windmills origins in Toowoomba are not up for debate, however, both have certainly gone on to become recognisable Australian icons.
Operating out of Queensland to this day – in our Withcott factory – Southern Cross is an Australian owned and operated brand, servicing Australians from all across the country, from irrigators and graziers to rural families and households.
This 7.3 m Southern Cross windwheel, now happily housed at the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society was originally constructed by Southern Cross Windmills all the way back in 1924.
While now used purely for display purposes, the Windmill pumped tirelessly and vigilantly for 73 years before it was donated to the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society by the Payne family in Mendooran.
This ageless windmill is now closing in on 100 years old, and serves as a testament to the durability and dependability of a Southern Cross windmill. At its last service, all that was required was an oil top up to keep it running smoothly.
Glenn Boss, famous for his Melbourne Cup hat trick on Makybe Diva performed his apprenticeship in Gympie.
If you’re interested in gold mining, there are an array of exhibits and museums dedicated to the Gympie Gold Rush. You could also drive over to Tin Can Bay and hang out with some Dolphins.
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