The Penong Windmill Museum has received some great media coverage since it opened in September of 2016, featuring in publications such as Australian Geographic, the Weekly Times and RM Williams Outback Magazine and regularly appearing in TV news stories. It’s proven to be a popular tourist attraction with over 40,000 visitors in its first year, and is now regularly attracting 100 patrons on a good day. A tribute to the farmers whirling workhorse that has nowadays been mostly replaced by solar panels, the outdoor museum at the side of the National Highway One features a unique collection of around 20 donated and restored windmills collected from as far away as Marla, the Riverland and Alice Springs. They’re always working on adding more to this display with restoration work being performed by community volunteers such as long time residents Bob Oats and Tim Hardy.
It also won the KESAB Best Community Project Award during its’ first year of operation, which is something the whole community can be proud of, coming into existence with support from Outback Communities Authority, Regional Development Australia and Penong Progress Association.
The small farming community of Penong, regular population of around 75, is situated on the main road from Adelaide to Perth and boasts a roadhouse, sporting ground, caravan park, pub and general store and is a popular stopover on the iconic Nullarbor crossing. To find out more about the Museum and the special people who created it, lovingly known as the Windmill Warriors, you can visit them on Facebook or check out this story from Channel 7, or this story that recently was aired on Sunrise.