Gullen Solar Farm and Gullen Range Wind Farm are excited to announce the launch of their Wind and Solar Farm Tours. The first tour will take place on Tuesday, 24th October at 11.30am (advance bookings essential). The tours are a great opportunity for the community to visit Australia’s first hybrid wind and solar farm, which is located along SERREE‘s (South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence) Renewable Energy Trail.
Come and see how a wind and solar farm works. Get up close to a wind turbine and a solar array. Find out more about renewable energy.
The tours will feature:
- A minibus tour of Gullen Range Wind Farm
- A minibus tour of Gullen Solar Farm
- Complimentary light refreshments and a mini information display at the Crookwell Hotel Motel
- A tour quiz for children
We are also running a colouring-in competition for pre-schoolers, infants (K-2) and primary (3-6). Taking part is easy! The sheet will be available at the tours and you can also download it here.
What to expect on the tour
The tour will be about 2.5 hours long and will comprise approximately 2 hours on the minibus tour itself and 30 minutes at the Crookwell Hotel Motel Bistro, where you can enjoy light refreshments and a mini information display. Children are welcome on the tour, but they’ll need to be able to sit quietly on the bus for the length of the tour. Please consider this, especially if you are bringing very young children.
If you require special assistance, please let us know on the booking form and we’ll see how we can help. You will need to be able to get on and off the minibus yourself, or have someone with you to assist. The tour will involve walking on short sections of uneven ground, however you can choose to stay on the bus if you prefer.
As you will be visiting an operational wind and solar farm, we ask you to wear closed, sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for all weather types (sunny, rainy and/or windy). Please note that there are no toilets on the minibus. However, there will be an opportunity to use toilet facilities at the wind farm and at the Crookwell Hotel Motel.
How to book
There are limited spaces, so book early to avoid disappointment. The tour is free and complimentary light refreshments are available at the end of the tour. SERREE (South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence) will be managing the tour bookings. In the unlikely event the tour is cancelled, Gullen Range Wind Farm will notify you by phone. If you have any questions, please contact SERREE on 02 6173 7000 (leave a message and SERREE will call you back).
Please fill in the booking form here.
How to get there
The Wind and Solar Farm Tour will depart and return to the Crookwell Hotel in Crookwell, which is located approximately 45km from the Hume Highway at Goulburn. Please meet the tour guide inside the Crookwell Hotel Motel prior to the tour departing at 11.30am. The bus will not wait for you if you are late. Better to arrive early and have a coffee prior to departure.
You can drive or catch a bus to Crookwell. For more information about catching a bus from Goulburn to Crookwell, check out the bus link here. A map showing the location of the tour pick-up point can be downloaded here. Parking will be available on nearby streets.
The tour minibus will depart from the Crookwell Hotel Motel at 11.30am and return approximately 2-hours later to the same location. You are welcome to stay for complimentary light refreshments, ask questions and read our mini information display in the Hotel Bistro.
Consider taking a look at historic Crookwell while you are in the area. Check out the ‘Visit Upper Lachlan’ website here for more information on attractions in Crookwell.
Future Wind and Solar Farm Tour Dates
The next Wind and Solar Farm Tour will run during the school holidays on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 at 11.30am. Bookings for the January tour will open on 25th October 2017.
About SERREE and the Tours
Gullen Range Wind Farm thanks SERREE (South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence) for assisting to present these Wind and Solar Farm Tours by taking tour bookings and helping to promote the tours across the SERREE network. SERREE is an industry cluster initiative that aims to develop the renewable energy sector in the ACT and surrounding south east NSW region. You can find out more about SERREE here.
The objective of these tours aligns with those of SERREE’s broader Renewable Energy Trail initiative, that is, to provide the local community with an opportunity to understand renewable energy technologies better including how they look, sound and operate, as well as the economic development advantages for a host region and the global-scale environmental benefits.