Volkswagon National Bug-In on Kangaroo Island

We had the pleasure of this bunch call into Emu Ridge on their 48th National Bug-in trip. They were staying 3 nights at the Kingscote
Caravan Park and 3 nights at the Western KI Caravan Park. They were a happy bunch, we hope they had a lovely holiday! There team trip consisted of 2 from WA, 6 QLD, 1 TASSI, 2 NSW and 3 SA. I wonder where they will be off to next year. We hope you have some great memories of Kangaroo Island! They will have an exciting 50 years coming up very soon. Remember VW lovers, our products are always available online. Eucalyptus oil is great for getting tar of your car or oil stains or sticky things off of your upholstery or carpet. Its a great air freshener in your car to! Not to forget keeping away those pesky insects on your travels 🙂 

Various Volkswagen Clubs in Australia to partake in a long weekend of camaraderie and friendly competition. The National Bug-In is hosted by a different state based VW Club over the Easter weekend every year, moving from State to State in an anti-clockwise direction.

The 1st Bug-In was the ‘1970 All-State Rally’ organised by the then Volkswagen Australasia Pty Ltd at the showgrounds in Albury, NSW, on the Australia Day Weekend, 1970 and involved the VW clubs of the day from the ACT, NSW, SA and Victoria, and as we understand from Club VW Sydney, the Albury Car Club, Formula Vee Association and the Pacific Auto Club. 1973 saw the first ‘all States’ Bug-In held in SA. In 2007 Tasmania joined this National event for the first, and possibly last, time.


The first event consisted of a race meeting at Hume Weir race circuit, a grass motorkhana on the banks of the Murray River, a car trial and a social trip to Falls Creek snowfields in northern Victoria. This has been the one and only Bug-In, (so far) which has featured snow. You can read the old VW club magazines at the State Libraries of NSW and SA. There is also an extensive history series on the Club Vee Dub Sydney website http://www.clubvw.org.au/history.



The event is held primarily for the benefit of VW Club members and enthusiasts throughout Australia. The host VW Clubs stage each of the events on a voluntary basis. The events usually include a welcome get together, show and shine, MotorKhana and other motorsports events like Lapdash and Khanacross (although more recently motorsport has taken a back seat or dropped off due to cost and other constraints), presentation dinner, observations runs, convoys and farewell activities. Due to the popularity of show and shine events such as Day of the Volkswagen, Volksfest and the like, the Bug-In Car Show and Shine is open to all VW owners, not just members attending the Bug-In. In later years an extended tour that allows members to continue the celebration of the VW by touring in convoy on the much loved Australian pastime of the ‘road trip’.

The aim of this group is to gather information regarding the history of the National Bug-In, share experiences, photos and videos, promote upcoming and future National Bug-Ins and to bring all VW club members closer together as a group.

Phillumenist, treasure, collectors memorabilia at Emu Ridge

We are very lucky to have received a collection of match box labels and a very old eucalyptus oil bottle from a very generous man named David from Campbelltown SA. We are lucky that he visited our establishment whilst holidaying on Kangaroo Island.

It had been 35 years since his last visit! David sent us a note quoting –

“I felt your salesroom was the best and most interesting of all the places we visited on the island and a “must see” for visitors. Well done!” How lovely, its so nice to receive feedback! We do have a testimonials page where our visitors or online shoppers can leave reviews.

“We enjoyed a morning tea whilst there and I spotted your display of industry memorabilia.”

“I mentioned that I had a few items which you might like to add to your display so I was given your business card.”

“The two picture postcards are out of my own personal exhibit of old Kangaroo Island postcards”


  • An old bottle of KI Eucalyptus (with some contents) from Cygnet River on a trip I did in 1975
  • Five (5) matchboxes with reproduction advertisements from eucalyptus manufacturers


“Below is three old matchbox labels in my collection pertaining to eucalyptus oil.”“The “Our Jack” was an F.H. Faulding brand and dates from the 1880’s I believe. This was a sticker label attached to imported boxes of matches I believe.”

“Fauldings did it for a lot of their products back then – a cheap form of advertising.”

“The others were imported matches from Belgium & Sweden but I think the brands are Australian? ”

I have been a Phillumenist (collector of matchboxes and labels) for over fifty years and have a large collection, but only a few that advertise eucalyptus.

I hope you enjoy my collections and that they are useful to you. Kind Regards David.”

It’s beautiful when visitors give up their treasures that they have saved for years so that others can admire them in our memorabilia cabinet. Thanks so much for you amazing treasures and thanks to everyone else who has contributed over the years to our memorabilia.


Pink Moon, Full Moon and Feral Plant Species Kangaroo Island

The April 11 full moon is thought to be more special than the rest. The month’s full moon is called a “Pink Moon,” which signifies the blooming period of popular pink flowers called wild ground phlox. Despite the intriguing name, the moon won’t appear in blush shade, it will shine in its usual luminance and color. Sorry to dissapoint you!

The Pink moon is a common phenomenon in the U.S. East Coast and in Canada. During the full moon, it will also be at the opposite side of the Earth as the sun. Due to the difference in geographical orientation, the April pink full moon will be in full display on April 11.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the moon will rise on April 10 at 7:03 p.m., half an hour before sunset, according to Space.com.  For your locations, residents can check when the full lunar phase will be visible by using the moonrise and moonset calculator.

The pink moon is also known by other names such as Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon and Fish moon — all linked to growth in crops. The names originated from their roots as old as the Native American civilization, according to a report.

In South Australia where we are from we have the Easter Lily, they are a beautiful shade of Pink! They really have spread everywhere, it is a feral species but is beautiful on our property this time of year. I think the first settlers planted these bulbs in there gardens and from there they have multiplied. I like to think that all the beautiful pink flowers flowering all over the world at this time could reflect a pink tinge to the Pink moon on the 11th of April!


Scientific Name: Amaryllis belladonna L.

Family: Amaryllidaceae (New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia)
Liliaceae (Victoria)

Common Names: amaryllis, belladonna, belladonna lily, Easter lily, Jersey lily, Marach lily, naked ladies, naked lady, pink belladonna lily

Origin: Native to south-western Africa (i.e. Cape Province in South Africa).

Naturalised Distribution: Naturalised in many parts of southern Australia (i.e. in the coastal districts of central New South Wales, in some parts of Victoria, in south-eastern and eastern South Australia and in south-western Western Australia). Possibly also naturalised in Tasmania.

Also naturalised overseas in some parts of southern USA (i.e. California and Texas).

Notes: Belladonna lily (Amaryllis belladonna) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, and as a minor environmental weed or “sleeper weed” in New South Wales and Tasmania.

This species is currently of most concern in Victoria and appears on numerous local environmental weed lists in this state (i.e. as a new and emerging environmental weed in Mitchell Shire, as an environmental weed in Manningham City, the Shire of Yarra Ranges, Colac Otway Shire, the Shire of Nillumbik and Cardinia Shire, and as a common invasive garden escapee in the Mount Alexander Shire). It has also been recorded in Phillip Island Nature Park and Morwell National Park.

In South Australia, belladonna lily (Amaryllis belladonna) is listed as an invasive plant in bushland in the Adelaide Hills Council district. It has also been recorded in several conservation areas in this state (i.e. in Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park, Belair National Park, Blackwood Forest Recreation Park, Scott Creek Conservation Park and Ferguson Conservation Park).

Kangaroo Island Feral Plant Species

I think the early settlers had no idea the damage that some of the lovely potted plants and bulbs that they bought to Australia would do to our natural environment over time! Unfortunately feral weeds are a very big problem. The more dangerous one to us on Kangaroo island are the creeping ones that smother the native plants, life Bridal Creeper and Bridal Veil, this link will take you to all the other feral weeds we have on Kangaroo Island if you are interested.

What Do Full Moons Symbolise?

Get ready to freshen up and purify your life – rebirth is just around the corner! Using the symbols of Spring, rebirth, freshness and purification, this Full Moon is time to dust out the corners of your life and make way for more breezy and loving winds of change.

The Easter or Pink Full Moon is still taking on the properties of regeneration, freshness and rebirth.

A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, and depending on where you are in the world, it may look different. I have written about Blood Moons and Monster Moons before. Full Moons can be a time of new beginnings; these can sometimes hurt but they are always changes for the better – in the long run.

What Effect Will the Pink Full Moon Have on Me?

I think you are in for a treat as there are many exciting things in the sky. Some astrologers have called this April Full Moon “Lady Luck” as she’s near Jupiter, so unexpected good fortune might come your way. There is something to always consider when you’re looking at a Full Moon – you shall reap what you sow.

This means that if you have been working hard and laying down good foundations, you will be successful.

I hope you enjoy the full moon 🙂

Our wonderful sustainable Eucalyptus oil and natural products are available online.

Source: natureworldnews.com/articles/36617/20170322/stargazing-2017-pink-full-moon-appear-april-heres-what-need.htm

Source : keyserver.lucidcentral.org/weeds/data/media/Html/amaryllis_belladonna.htm

German Eucalyptus Oil Interview on Kangaroo Island



German media team Britt and Freddy Dohmen travelled around Australia interviewing a range of people. We were lucky enough they stopped at Emu Ridge and interviewed Bev Turner about our Eucalyptus Oil. This is great for all German speaking people who are interested and want to know more about this wonderful Kangaroo Island/Aussie product. The full interview was translated and by Alexander Tauscher of Radioreise and was broadcast on around 30 German radio stations. Below is the interview – just a snippet from the whole hour interview.

Here is the link to the  story and full interview.


Also follow this link to more information on our Narrow Leaf Mallee Eucalyptus. On our blog you can also search for Eucalyptus Oil and find many blogs about uses and history.

A Brief History – Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Oil Industry South Australia



Eucalyptus Oil is an important and colourful part of Australia’s history. It was the first truly Australian product and Australia’s first distinctive Export.

The Eucalyptus Oil has been used for thousands years by the aborigines. The first settlers soon realised its potential in documentation by John White in 1788. The first known commercial eucalyptus oil industry began in Tasmania in 1830 but was short lived.

In 1844 a South Australian Company, FH Faulding contracted a studying chemist Joseph Bosisto for 3 years to study 30 species of Eucalypt varieties that they sent to England. Fauldings later bought Joseph into Australia to continue their research, he arrived in Adelaide in 1848. After fulfilling his contract with Fauldings he moved to Victoria for the gold boom. After that date little was done in exploiting the oil until 1852 when Count Ferdinard Von Muller a botanist recommended it was made an industry and joined forces with Joseph Bosisto in Victoria.


The Eucalyptus Oil Distilling Industry on Kangaroo Island began in the 1880’s and dozens of stills were established, making it one of Kangaroo Islands major industries.

By the 1900’s Eucalyptus Oil was being exported to the United Kingdom, Germany, U.S.A., Canada, South Africa, India, China, New Zealand and several countries in the Far East.

It reached its peak in the 1930’s when many farmers had a still to supplement their income whilst developing their farms. The traditional process of harvesting was very labour intensive, many back-breaking hours were spent by cutters using razor-sharp sickles to harvest the leaf before it was loaded onto the horse and dray, and later trucks, to transport the leaf to the stills.

Below is footage from FH Fauldings and the Eucalyptus Oil Industry on Kangaroo Island.  A documentary that we believe was filmed around 1927 about the Eucalyptus oil industry on Kangaroo Island. Thanks for the footage FH Faulding and Co


The major commercial outlet for the bulk oil produced on Kangaroo Island was F.H. Faulding & Co. Seeing the potential Fauldings purchased “Windy Ridge” in May, 1923, renaming it “Emu Ridge” after their Emu Brand Oil.

Fauldings established two plantations of Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) on “Emu Ridge” in 1938 for the purpose of systematically harvesting it on a rotational basis.

One plantation was a failure, unfortunately the seeds from a very poor yielding tree were used in establishing this entire plantation. The other plantation was a success and still remains today.

The Narrow Leaf responds well to pruning and can be reharvested every one two years.

The industry was short lived, and virtually ceased around the 1950’s, with the development of agricultural land and a rise in wool prices – the work being much easier.

Fauldings sold the farm in 1952 for the soldier settler scheme and for a time the history was lost. Australia now imports around 90% of its requirements from China and Brazil- we are hoping to turn this around… If only to a small extent.


All few relics remain on Kangaroo Island memories of the once thriving industry, this one is at Western Cove near Kingscote

In the beginning for the Turners

In April 1991 with the down turn in wool prices starting with nothing but salvaged material and a lot of initiative the business has very humble beginnings. One of the pioneers in new cottage industries Larry and Bev started with an old caravan by the Eucalyptus distillery to a small craft shop in the old MacGillivray Post Office. Later was the expansion into the larger retail shop built from the recycled materials from the shearing shed, which is now a plant nursery.


Bev and Larry Turner with Don Burke for the opening of their shop in 1992.

More recently the cellar door, bar, cafĂ©, gallery and decking. After being self sufficient for 20 years operating on steam, solar and wind Larry and Bev succumbed to having mains power connected for their 20th birthday. The business now boasts 30kw’s of Sola continuing on with their self sufficient philosophy.


Larry with steam engine.

This 250 ha farm now employs 16 people in peak season.
Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first true export overseas, these days Emu Ridge is the only Eucalyptus Oil Distillery in South Australia with only a handful left in all of Australia, 90% of the worlds Eucalyptus oil comes from China and Brazil!  They use the Tasmanian Blue Gum used for the timber and paper industry and a bye product in Eucalyptus oil. Bev and Larry are proud to have revived a historical industry that had once thrived on the Island and preserved a major part of KI and Australia’s heritage. Kangaroo Island eucalyptus oil  is known for its pungent aroma, and is distilled from the leaf of the indigenous Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee, Eucalyptus cneorifolia. This unique oil is the only one of its kind in the world. Emu Ridge provide a unique tourist destination on Kangaroo Island. Their vision is to work towards environmental sustainability, land management and re-vegetation. These ideals have created a truly rare and exceptional style of business and the positive response from our customers has further added to developing this philosophy.

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, Celebrating 20 years 1991 – 2011, a lot of hard work! If you have the time this is a photo collage that I put together for our 20th Birthday Celebrations. Its amazing, things have certainly grown. Its nice for people to know how we began! Some great memories. And thanks to all our staff and helpers that have helped make us what we are today.


Kangaroo Island EVENT HIRE & FUNCTIONS at Emu Ridge

Emu Ridge caters for all kinds of events; birthday parties, weddings, school formals, conferences, hens and buck shows, Christmas parties much more. We offer 3 different seating areas and bar facilities which are all fully licensed.

The atmosphere at Emu Ridge is spectacular, whether you are having an event during the day or later at night. We often have wildlife that come up to the back deck and are happy to just sit and nibble on the grass. If you are thinking about using our venue at Emu Ridge, bookings for guided tours and/or meals are essential for groups.

We are fully flexible as to how you want to arrange the evening, ie venue hire only, or combinations of venue hire, additional decorations, wait and bar staff, fully licensed bar, food (including special dietary requirements), caterers, self-catering, music, entertainment, we have had a lot of experience and are happy to help you plan your event.

These are our 3 different dining areas:

The Front Deck (outdoor) – Seats up to 150 people:



The Back Deck (outdoor) – Seats up to 50 people:



The Dining Area (indoor) – Seats up to 25 people:



Tiffany’s wedding album, this lovely wedding was  hessian and lace theme. See this link for the full album.



Lucy’s Moroccan themed wedding. Link for the full album.



KICE Year 12 formal 2016; another great event held here at Emu Ridge. Link to the full album.



The Kangaroo Island Netball Association had there annual vote count night here. Each club decorated their own tables. Link to the full album here.



Sealink’s staff Christmas party. Full album here.



We celebrated our 20th anniversary here as well and had a local KI band perform; “The Famous Strangers”. Link to the full album here.



In addition to our function areas at Emu Ridge we also have equipment we hire out for functions in the area of your choice.

Just to give you an idea we have a 12 x 6 marquee, BBQ, stainless steel benches, tables, chairs, tablecloths, cutlery, etc. Enough to cater for 150 guests. Please enquire if you are interested.

marquee 2












Interesting visitors at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island

We get to meet so many wonderful people from near and far at Emu Ridge, all with amazing stories to tell if you would like to listen. This beautiful SA couple Betty and Bob are both 90 years old and traveled to Kangaroo Island in their own car for there 68th Wedding Anniversary, how awesome is that! Good on them, what an achievement, Legends! Something we all aspire to but very few get to achieve!  ? Bobs hobby is building replica trains clever man ?

Here are just a few others that have popped in over the years.

We opened the doors to our new shop in 1997. Our very first customer to walk in the door was Bob Hawke, Blanch and Diedre Morrison from Acacia Apartments, amazing!! We had a great chat and they loved our souvenirs.


Don Burke a TV Garden celebrity officially opened our first shop the MacGillivray Post Office  in April 1992


Kangaroo Island Art Feastival Closing Event 2016 at Emu Ridge


Emu Ridge Eucalytpus are excited to be hosting the  finale to ART FEASTival 2016. For an evening of family fun, food and music. We’ll be entertained by the irrepressible Scott and Tim, there’ll be the latest vintage of Colony Cove ciders to sample, along with island wines. So come along 29 Oct at 5pm or soon thereafter, and join the celebrations!



We will have a simple menu on the night –

Chicken or Beef Kababs $4.00 each

Kababs and Salad $12.00

Desconstructed Apple Pie $6.00

Dip and D’Estree Bakery Turkish bread $7.00


Tim and Scott make a dynamic duo with their myriad of songs and instruments. You can look forward to a varied repertoire from funky jazz standards to enjoyable takes on modern tunes as well as an array of original music. Sit down and relax with a glass of wine or get up and move to their groovy sounds.


Our Art Exhibition is coming to as end finishing on the 28th of October

Opening every day from 9.00am to 2.00pm, extended hours over peak times open or by appointment.

Emu Ridge is a centric destination where you can learn the art of producing a traditional Aussie bush product Eucalyptus oil. We have a great range of local produce, art, pottery and jewellery from a variety of local island artists on display that are guaranteed to delight all of your senses. Our featured artist, Teresa Turner, has a diverse range of art in all mediums including a range of unique crocheted items. We also house the Cellar Door for the award winning Sweet, Dry or Draught Kangaroo Island Ciders. Local wines,light meals, cheese platters and delicious home-made desserts are available in our dining areas.


Emu Ridge is on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, we are proud to Manufacture and Retail many wonderful Australian produced natural products.
691 Willsons Rd
Macgillivray, SA 5223
 (08) 8553 8228
For full story and more information click on this link KANGAROO ISLAND ART FEASTIVAL 2016

Kangaroo Island Cider at Emu Ridge

We have had a long association with Graham and Mary Jones, Larry and Graham met at an essential oil seminar in Adelaide in 1993. Graham helped us with our Eucalyptus research. A lad called Adam Steer chose us as his subject and we did alot of research to selectively breed a higher yielding and disease resistant variety of tree, but that’s another story. Through that work Graham and Mary fell in love with Kangaroo Island and purchased a property near us and Kangaroo Island Ciders began with the planting of an apple orchard in 2004.

Since then they have planted a range of cider apple varieties and also some dessert apples, so that now there are over 600 trees.  In 2011, they introduced a medium dry Colony Cove Original Cider and in 2012, and a medium sweet Colony Cove Draught Cider.

Both ciders have won local and national awards. It walks out of our doors it really is a delicious drop!

2016 Makeover for Colony Cove

This year, the ciders of Colony Cove have adopted a fresh new look. The locally sourced and produced beverages had been bottled in 300 millilitre amber bottles with metal screw caps. Cidermaker Graham Jones said an increase in their production meant the company were no longer able to bottle their ciders under crown seal. “The result is pleasing and we have managed to keep our labels very close to what we have used previously,” he said. The release also marks another milestone for Colony Cove Ciders. Since the launch of the company in 2012, Colony Cove ciders have won numerous medals in the Australian Cider Awards and at the Royal Adelaide Show. This year, they won Best of Class award at the recent Royal Adelaide Show Beer and Cider Awards for their Original Cider. Kangaroo Island Ciders have been made with locally grown apples. First plantings of the apple orchards began in 2004 on thier Kangaroo Island farm and they now grow over thirty varieties, mainly English cider apples. Some of the cider varieties are Kingston Black, Somerset Red Streak and Yarlington Mill. These have differing amounts of sugar, acid and tannin. Colony Cove also grow dessert apples including Gala, Jonathon, and Cox’s Orange Pippin, which are used for cider making. Their cider is made by crushing and pressing fresh apples to produce juice and then fermenting the juice using natural and added wine yeasts. The fermentation is carried out slowly, at low temperatures, to retain delicate natural fruit and fermentation characters. Colony Cove Ciders are available as a medium dry Original Cider, a medium sweet Draught Cider and a non-alcoholic Apple Sparkler.


The cellar door for tastings and sales is located at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery in Macgillivray. Kangaroo Island Ciders products are also available at various Island outlets including the Ozone and Penneshaw Hotels, Restaurant Bella, the Oyster Farm Shop and Kangaroo Island Lodge. They can also be found in certain outlets across the mainland.



Remember Emu Ridge are the Winners for the Best Farm Gate and Cellar Door Experience 2016.

Click this link if you would like more info on Kangaroo Island Ciders.