Killer Whales frolicking at Hog Bay beach
Beautiful time to come to Kangaroo Island if you love whale watching many species travel through from May till August. Don’t forget to call in and visit us at Emu Ridge on your visit!
KANGAROO Island residents were given a killer surprise recently, as six orca whales played in the water off Penneshaw.
Locals spotted the marine mammals, more commonly known as killer whales, tail slapping, rolling and playing at Hog Bay beach Penneshaw.
For the full story click here and thanks for the picture Kangaroo Island Ocean Safaris what an awesome experience!
Name our Feral Cat
Unlikely friends and our latest tourist attraction at Emu Ridge, our Emu who normally kills anything that goes into her enclosure and a feral cat. Can you name him for us please? He has a little bit of white under his chest. This goes against all we believe, but he is lovely and we don’t want to destroy their weird friendship!!
If we were to ever get rid of this cat we would want to use our all natural deterrent. Read our blog for info on how to use our Eucalyptus Oil to deter cats the natural way.
Welcome newbies Chris and Lucy to Emu Ridge!
We would love you to welcome Chris. Chris has taken over Ella’s position and will be packing your online orders, tour guiding, sales and much more. Chris was a Queenslander and was working as a horticulturist but moved to KI in April, following his partner Chantelle who fell in love with KI, she works at Raptor Domain – Kangaroo Island Birds of Prey. They both love nature and bush walking so this should be a paradise for them. We are excited to have Chris on board!
We would also like you to welcome Lucy, to join the Emu Ridge team! Originally from Adelaide this busy mum of two has enjoyed being an islander for the last 2 years. Lucy is very enthusiastic about KI and local products and is also the Market manager for the Kingscote Farmers’ Market – Kangaroo Island. We are excited to have her working with us.
We recently had the Honourable Kyam Maher and his family call in to visit Emu Ridge and listen to the issues we face within our business and Kangaroo Island.
Kyam is the Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation – Minister for Automotive Transformation – Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Member of Legislative Council, Australian Labor Party
His question was what 3 things would improve your business or Kangaroo Island? My answers were, we need improved infrastructure on the island and help in producing more raw product so that we can keep up supply and demand our our eucalyptus oil:
- Improve our roads, if 4WD’s are not hired visitors are not allowed to drive on unsealed roads. This will increase our tourist numbers.
- Upgrade the airport, this will improve competition in the tourism industry with more affordable flights this in turn will increase our tourist numbers.
- Produce more eucalyptus oil. By producing more oil we can cut out the imports, create more local jobs, which helps our economy, farming of our natural resources is better for the environment. See why buying local helps us here.
- Larry has always been passionate about the exploitation of all of our natural resources and sustainable farming on Kangaroo Island and the need for more responsible land management. In the below picture Larry shows the Minister a wallaby skin and tells him the story of how 100,000 wallabies are culled every year on Kangaroo Island and left to rot in the ground feeding the flies and feral cats, such a waste. In 1993 Larry worked with Michelle Leather and Macro Meats to prove it was viable to utilise our Tammar wallabies and he later received a Winston Churchill fellowship in 1998 to study the production, marketing and utilization of native flora and fauna. Unfortunately nothing has changed, government departments agreeing it is wasteful and then nothing happens. One day things will change. But this is another story! This link is a great read about Eating Australia’s Skippy equals Sustainable Farming
Natural resource, wallaby skin, our culled wallabies are all wasted and not utilized
Kyam is particularly passionate about ensuring that all South Australians are afforded the dignity that good, meaningful jobs provide, and that all South Australians are able to share in the opportunities and benefits this State offers. He has spoken on a wide range of issues including Aboriginal Affairs, equality, the importance of science in society, and the challenges facing regional and country communities.
Minister Kyam his wife Carmel and their 3 boys enjoyed a lunch of local produce here in our dining room at Emu Ridge consisting of local dips and sheep milk cheeses, Halloumi Cheese Entrée, and Mains, Fish and Chicken served with Suzanne Rose Potato Bake, Tretheweys steamed broccoli and garlic and KI Honey roast carrots, local salad and Pudding and custard for dessert.
We hope the minister and his family enjoyed his time here and lets hope his travels around the island has given him a great insight of the view of local Business’s.
Farewell Ella, we will miss you!
From School Days to working her last day and doing her last guided tour. Over the last 6 years you have changed from a shy, quite school girl to a conscientious hard-working staff member and friend. Farewell Ella, we will miss you! Love the Emu Ridge Staff.
If you would like to see more photos of Ella at Emu Ridge, please visit our Facebook album here.
A sneak peak of some of the things you will see if you visit Kangaroo Island… enjoy!
We would love to see you if you are visiting KI. We founded our business Emu Ridge in 1991. A very unique and interesting place to visit, we are proud to have saved Australia’s history, Eucalyptus oil was our first truly Australian product exported overseas and the first major industry for Kangaroo Island. Our pure natural Australian products are also available online, so you can enjoy them even if you aren’t able to visit our beautiful Island.
Such a gorgeous motto for life. “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time”.
We are so lucky to live on Kangaroo Island, it is such an unspoilt wilderness. We love our business ethos at Emu Ridge and our natural products. If you’re visiting or on any holiday – this is a wonderful motto. We all need some time to sit back and reflect on the beauty of life and sometimes we need to make sure we don’t get caught up in the fast world of today. Take a break from that busy life and just enjoy the simple things!