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Wind turbine visualisations are digital images that illustrate how wind farms might appear to the eye when looking out to sea from certain points on the coastline.

While these images are based on real-life wind turbine designs that have been safely and successfully installed in many parts of the world to generate clean, renewable energy, the images are for illustrative purposes only and do not show an actual offshore wind farm.

Developers awarded a feasibility licence by the Australian Government will need to consult on the location and placement of turbines as part of their management plan and to support assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

What might an offshore wind farm look like off the coast of Gippsland?

The Gippsland offshore wind declared area begins at least 10km from shore, in waters governed by the Australian Government.

To understand what wind turbines off the coast of Gippsland might look like, we have developed a series of interactive images of offshore wind turbines seen from two popular locations, Golden Beach and Woodside Beach, at three different distances from shore – 10km, 30km, and 60km.

Understanding these visualisations

The images are for illustrative purposes only and do not show an actual offshore wind farm.

The visibility of offshore wind turbines depends on factors such as distance, time of day, cloud cover, weather conditions including mist or haze, as well as the location, size, orientation and layout of turbines.

Explore the wind turbine visualisations

Discover what an offshore wind farm might look like off the coast of Gippsland by exploring our wind turbine visualisations. These interactive images allow you to move the viewpoint and change the distance setting.

Alternatively, browse through the image gallery.

Woodside Beach

Golden Beach

About the turbine visualisations

Image locations

The locations of Golden Beach and Woodside Beach were chosen because they are close to the Gippsland offshore wind declared area.

Image specifications

Each image shows a visual representation of a 2GW offshore wind farm, with 18MW turbines laid out over a rectangular grid at 2km x 2km spacing.

The distances of 10km, 30km and 60km offer a broad visual representation of wind turbines in the declared area.

Image technical details

  • Date: 15 December 2023
  • Time: Golden Beach 14.59; Woodside Beach 16:33
  • Elevation (from sea level): Golden Beach 3.6m; Woodside Beach 3m

How were the images produced?

The images were produced using a digital rendering method that combines photography with information such as GPS coordinates, elevation data, viewing direction, distance calculations to the turbines, and turbine scaling.

The modelled turbines are based on reference wind turbine specifications sourced from the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The reference wind turbine specifications used in these images are:

  • Hub height (height to turbine nacelle): 156m
  • Rotor diameter: 263m

Offshore wind turbine technology is constantly developing; in the future, turbine sizes may be bigger, with a higher generation capacity. This could mean fewer and taller turbines than what is shown in these visual representations. A reference turbine has been used that has general dimensions which may differ from turbines that are currently under design and development.

The images are representative and are not to be used for any other purposes.

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