Texas is a rural town and locality in the Goondiwindi Region, Queensland, on the border of Queensland and New South Wales, just over 150km from Warwick.
At Southern Cross we’ve been designing and installing Windmills Texas locals can count on since 1903.
With the support of Australia’s oldest windmill manufacturer, people of Texas can sleep easy, knowing they’re supported by over 100 years of expertise.
Queensland families know how important reliable water harvesting systems are in the Australian outback, and this is why people all across the country continue to depend on a Southern Cross windmill.
Southern Cross offers a range of sizes in both windwheels, and windmill towers, and can consult with you to find the right 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 used 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, in addition to being an Australian icon. Australian towns like Texas have been using windmills to help them meet their water harvesting needs for over 100 years now, spanning all parts of the continent.
Still one of the best and most environmentally friendly water harvesting solutions, a windmill can be constructed and functional anywhere there is access to water, whether that be underground in a well or bore, or drawing from a river or dam.
More than 80% of Australians live within a mere 50km of the coast – a testament to how dry and harsh the Australian conditions can be – and access to reliable water has always been a challenge for rural Australians.
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 were able 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 with any other sector, as technology improves, challengers will present themselves. The most recent challenger to the windmill being solar pumps
Windmill pumps on some properties across the country have been reliably operating for over fifty years, and while solar looks promising, its longevity has not yet been confirmed.
Windmill accidents account for less than 1% of all accidents on rural properties, so while solar pumps are often regarded as a safer option, they contain a dangerous current, and also pose risk of injury or death.
With a 30+ year design life, and over a century’s experience in supplying windmills to Australian families, Southern Cross Windmills are a name you can depend on.
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.
All Southern Cross Windmills include a 3-year 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 quality windmills, across Australia and around the globe.
Designed to thrive in even the most harsh Australian climates, all Southern Cross Windmills are designed and engineered in house.
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.
With the first windmill emblazoned with the Southern Cross name rolling off the Toowoomba Foundry line all the way back in 1903, Southern Cross has unrivalled experience in addressing Texas’s water harvesting needs.
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.
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 emerge across the nation.
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.
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.
Now comfortably located at the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society, this 7.3 m Southern Cross windwheel was built and delivered to Mendooran in 1924.
While now used purely for display purposes, the Windmill pumped tirelessly and faithfully for 73 years before it was donated to the Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society by the Payne family in Mendooran.
Closing in on its 100th birthday, at the most recent service, all it required was some oil so as to keep it in operating condition. This Mendooran windmill is a testament to the longevity and reliability of a Southern Cross Windmill.
Former winner of the Aria for Best Country Album, James Blundell, had a song titled Texas on his first full length album, as a tribute to the time he spent in the area.
Lee Kernagan and Jason Lee Wilson also referenced the town in releases of their own.
Located only five minutes drive to the east of the town on the Stanthorpe-Texas Road, the Beacon Lookout offers impressive, panoramic views over the Dumaresq River valley.
Located 49 km south-east of Texas, Glenlyon Dam, and its Tourist Park, are known for the camping, fishing, sailboarding and canoeing.
Not in Texas? For Windmills Stanthorpe click here.