Windy Hill Wind Farm prompted resurgence in the depressed economy of Ravenshoe and supports additional businesses that arose since the wind farms construction, including a regular bus tour to the wind farm. Local businesses promote their proximity and the 'awesome' sight of the windmills.
In the first two years more than 6000 vehicles stopped in the carpark at Windy Hill to view the wind farm 'up close'. Those visitors came from as close as Ravenshoe and the Tablelands, from Cairns and Townsville; and from all parts of Australia and the world. The majority of visitor comments (more than 85%) were positive. This figure is similar to other studies. They commented on the 'awesomeness' of the sight of the towers; how quiet the turbines were in operating; how good it was to see a pro-active way of reducing impacts of climate change through embracing renewable technology.
The site is promoted as a significant destination to visit on the Atherton Tablelands by Queensland Tourism on its website: http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/things-to-see-and-do/windy-hill-wind-farm/index.cfm