The quaint little town of Waubra is only 105 km (70 minutes drive) from our place, so we decided to take Pam (Kim’s mum) for a tourist trip. It sports a very large wind farm, which I believe is the fourth largest in Australia. It is such a pleasant country journey which I really enjoy.
I have written about our first visit to Waubra in this post titled “Waubra Wind Farm“, and also busted some wind farm myths in this post titled “Busting Myths About Wind Turbines“. I am indeed a fan of this type of renewable energy (pun intended)!
Anyway, here are a few photos from our trip. I have also posted a video on The Greening of Gavin Facebook page which shows how quiet these things really are. We were only 200 metres from one turbine, and could hardly hear it. The wind itself, was louder.
Benjamin posing for his mum, with turbines in the background. We were tying to get his head positioned so that it looked like they were growing out of his head, but it didn’t work 😉
The view on the way out of town. So picturesque.
We pulled up at our favourite turbine for a thermos of coffee that I prepared before leaving home. It was a welcome break under a very large turbine.
This is the turbine we took the video footage of.
The rolling hills covered in turbines, looking to the east. A magnificent site for a cup of coffee.
The man with his fan, or is that he is a big fan?
Ben gives the Waubra Wind Farm a double thumbs up! He really enjoyed himself, which was part of his science lesson for the day. Although Pam and Kim were not in any of these photos, they were actually there with us. Both of them could not stop talking of the majesty of the wind turbines, and how spectacular they look. When I told Pam that these turbines provide most of the electricity for Ballarat, she was simply amazed.
We enjoyed our day out. Wind farms are cool!
you should have seen the who haw about wind turbines here. the narrow minded people who cant see further than their face had them banned because if the NOISE! Ha what a crock. I have been under the ones on the moffat hills in south west Scotland. not a peep from it.
and you are right. they are majestic aren’t they. they look great with sheep wandering around in the foreground!
Gavin Webber says
Right on Sol! The cows, sheep and horses we saw had no such issues about so called wind turbine syndrome. Only man, with his fear and anguish falls for that old trick!
There are a whole lot of these along our Great Lake, about 20 minutes away, in the farmland just above the cliffs–one can also see the string of them from our beaches. Unexpectedly, these have also become an area tourist attraction. My first time visiting was a profound experience, and I’m still not sure why–however, other people have commented on this sensation of awe, as well. It’s almost a weirdness, as one of our friends ‘from away’ said. Or, majesty, maybe, as you say. They’re just so huge, and silently turn–here it’s usually dairy cows grazing unconcernedly, underneath.
Gavin Webber says
I was in awe of their awesomeness!
I’m in favor of turbines and frankly cannot see the ‘visual’ difference between them and the huge electricity pylons that march all through the UK and USA farmlands (they emit a constant buzzing and whining noise). When I was a teenager I used to ride my horse – on the way to somewhere else – under and alongside the pylons for a short while and my horse would go nuts, shaking its head and bouncing around.
But on another note, I just cannot believe how blue the sky is there Gavin!!!
Gavin Webber says
Touché Dawn. The high voltage lines leading to the wind farm certainly did hum more than the blades.
I like the blue sky as well. Autumn days are so clear out in the country side.
Fiona from Arbordale Farm says
We visited a wind farm last time we were back in NZ visiting my family. I have always seen them up on the hills but it was great to get up close and personal with them. There was one right in the middle of the car park so you could actually stand right under it. It was fantastic and I think they are very graceful the way the twirl.