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Wattle Point Wind Farm

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Published July 15th 2022
Fathoming the mighty power of wind
wattle point wind farm
Up close and personal


Located just five kilometres southwest of Edithburgh is a viewing area where you can get up close and personal to see large wind turbines in action. Opened in 2005, Wattle Point Wind Farm supplies about 2% of South Australia's electricity. This equates to enough electricity for approximately 52,000 households.

wind turbines edithburgh
Some of the 55 wind turbines


The wind farm is made up of 55 turbines. Each turbine has a 67-metre tubular steel tower, a nacelle with its generator, gearbox and yaw, and a three-blade propeller rotor. All three parts weigh over 160 tonnes in total. If we were to use the largest land animal on earth as a scale, how heavy do you think each turbine would be? I reckon it'd be more than 25 African elephants!

wattle point wind farm
Viewing area


The turbines generate electricity at wind speeds of between 9 and 47 kilometres per hour. A network of underground cabling connects them to a sub-station where the electricity is subsequently fed into the national grid. On extremely windy days, they shut down to avoid any damage.

interpretive displays wattle point wind farm
Interpretive displays


Besides having minimal impact on land use, the wind farm emits no greenhouse gases. Generating electricity from wind reduces the production by fossil fuels and Wattle Point has one of the highest wind speeds in the country to do so. Its turbines may not be as famous as the windmills of Holland, but for me, they're pretty fascinating too.

wattle point wind farm
Look for this sign


The viewing area can be found at 389 Sheoak Beach Road. From Edithburgh, follow the unsealed Old Honiton Road out of town and turn left at the first intersection. You'll see a relatively good-sized carpark on your left after about two minutes' drive. There are some interpretive displays onsite, and of course, the large wind turbines nearby.

edithburgh water tower
Water tower artwork


Edithburgh is approximately 230 kilometres from Adelaide. While you're there, why not check out its stunning water tower artwork and rather impressive mosaic trail as well. The town also has a range of accommodation options if you'd like to stay the night. Its caravan park met all our needs and expectations when we visited a few weeks ago.

mosaic trail edithburgh
Mosaic trail

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Your Comment
I must admit Audrey I am fascinated by wind farms. To visit one is definitely on my bucket list. Your article has got me closer.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4280) 34 days ago
just looking at the map, looks like this is near the salt lakes, am I correct?
by alts (score: 1|36) 32 days ago
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