Southern Cross Windmills have been supplying windmills Yeppoon families can rely on for over a century.
With over 100 years of expertise designing and manufacturing windmills, Yeppoon residents can be confident knowing they have the support of Australia’s oldest windmill manufacturer.
Queensland families know how important reliable water harvesting systems are in the Australian outback, and this is why people all across the nation continue to turn to a Southern Cross windmill.
Famous for its stunning beaches, Yeppoon is the principal town of a string of picturesque coastal communities along the Capricorn Coast, stretching more than 150 kilometers.
Our windmills are available in a range of sizes. The Southern Cross Windmill can be fitted with a windwheel between 6′ and 14′, and mounted on a tower between 20′ and 60′.
Our experts can help determine what wheel and tower sizes would best suit your windmill, based on the landscape you wish to have it built on, and the amount of wind your property receives.
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 oldest renewable energy source mankind has harnessed, and for thousands of years it has been used to power our boats and mill our grain.
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 Yeppoon have been using windmills to help them meet their water harvesting needs for over 100 years now, spanning all parts of the continent.
Anywhere there is access to water, you can build a windmill, no matter if it’s a river, dam, bore or well, the windmill pump is among the greenest and most effective water harvesting solutions.
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 introduction 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
While solar pumps look promising, they certainly aren’t as tried and tested in the long run as the conventional windmill, with many properties across Australia featuring windmills that have been pumping water for more than 50 years.
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 supplying windmills to Australian families, Southern Cross Windmills are a name you can depend on.
Our windmills are hot dip galvanised, and backed by more than 100 years of successful windmill design, and Australian innovation. Since 1903, we’ve built over 250 000 of our iconic windpumps.
A 3 year warranty is included in every purchase of a new Southern Cross Windmill.
Southern Cross Windmills pride ourselves on the quality and integrity of our product. We specialise in the manufacture, installation and service of industry leading windmills throughout the country and across the world.
All of our windmills are designed and engineered in-house, and are durable enough to thrive in the harshest of Australian climates, rain, hail or shine.
Authentic Southern Cross parts for all current range windmills are readily available, as well as other parts for A, J, R & Z Pattern Windmills”, “J” Series Windmill Pumps, Troughs, Check Valves, Pump Heads and Pump Jacks may still be available upon request.
With the first windmill decorated with the Southern Cross name rolling off the Toowoomba Foundry line all the way back in 1903, Southern Cross has unrivalled experience in dealing with water harvesting needs.
The first windmill built by the Griffiths family was produced in 1876, based on blueprints by Daniel Halladay, which were improved upon for Australian conditions.
The introduction of windmills to the Australian outback allowed rural families and pastoralists to occupy more arid areas of the country, causing towns and pastoral runs to begin growing 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.
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 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.
Now closing in on 100 years old, at its most recent service, all that was needed was some oil in order to maintain it. While it probably won’t get a letter from the queen, this windmill is a testament to the dependability and longevity of Southern Cross Windmills.
Yeppoon was given its name from a local indigenous word, meaning thunder or the roar of the surf. In the early days of the Capricorn Coast, Emu Park and Yeppoon shared somewhat of a rivalry, with the more elite members of the Rockhampton and Mount Morgan areas gravitating to Emu Park, while the more “common folk” from mining areas were more likely to gravitate toward Yeppoon.
Pick from the freshest local fruit and vegetables at Yeppoon Community Market, held each Saturday morning at the Yeppoon Showgrounds from 6am to 10am.
There are 27 islands off this stretch of coastline, though one needs no introduction: Great Keppel Island. You can reach this jewel of the Keppels while on a day cruise adventure from Yeppoon.
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