Happy New Year 2016

We thank you all for your support for 2015 and wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that your 2016 is filled with New Hope, New Joy and New Beginnings.

Guess where we are heading, beautiful Emu Bay see the New Year out! Enjoy and have a good one!

Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island Summer News

Hi from Emu Ridge and beautiful Kangaroo Island. We have been very busy. Sorry its been a while since our last news. Summer has arrived for us and our Eucalyptus harvesting season is in full swing, this link will show you our process with our new (old) mechanical harvester. What took Larry my husband and his worker 2 hours to do with the chainsaw now takes him 10 mins! Exciting! We are still making it in the traditional way.
We would like wish you and your family a Festive Season full of love and happy memories and a wonderful 2016
Warmest regards Larry, Bev and the Emu Ridge staff.
One of our family members has horses that are constantly being bothered by flies during the summer. We found a great recipe and asked her to put it to the test! It’s 100% natural, easy to make,  it’s much cheaper than the toxic commercial brands and it is also better for the environment. It works of dettering all insects, flys, mosquitoes ants etc.See more info on this link.
We  are excited to offer a great SPECIAL on our 50mL Hand and Nail Creams. A great gift and perfect size for travelling. Normally $8.95 NOW until the 1st of January they are only $6.95.
Refresh your pillows. You can also add 1 tsp of Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil as well for a great clean fresh smell, plus it kills the dust-mites and removes oil based stains for a healthier you!
Most of you that browse our website might notice that we love to add to our blog. Everything from sharing our favourite Eucalyptus recipe to DIY projects, and even sharing photos and experiences we have here at Emu Ridge.
For those of you that love multi media technology and have a favorite social network, we are keeping up with the times.
We have some great boards that you can follow on pinterest.
Our Facebook page is a great way to share fun and interesting ideas plus keep up with whats happening at Emu Ridge
Instagram is new to me one of our new staff members Lucy will be posting here!
Twitter also a new addition will also be handled by Lucy.
We hope you enjoy keeping in touch with us via your favorite social network!
Our Desserts and Decorations. I hope you have JOY this Xmas creating something for your loved ones.
I had FUN decorating our sweets for the Sealink Staff Xmas party, Chocolate Brownie Strawberry Xmas Trees & Santa Hats served with Salted Caramel Ice-cream and Island Delights White Chocolate Island Pure Labneh Cheesecake Strawberry Santa Hats. . . .           We hope they enjoyed them.


We have now had our first actual wedding held at Emu Ridge, Lucy one of our lovely staff married in October. With popular DJ Driller from Adelaide and Chef Jock Zonfrillo they were in for a beautiful night of great food, entertainment and fun. For more see this link
Our outdoor area has had quite a few events these last months. Every time the theme makes it look magnificent and so different every time.
Natural Insect Repellent with Emu Ridge Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Lemon Myrtle Oil is always popular this time of the year. Just spray over exposed skin and enjoy an insect free outdoors knowing that you haven’t used any nasty chemicals on your body.
This natural sunscreen will help protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun using ingredients that don’t contain toxic ingredients you find in most commercial sunscreens.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read our newsletter, we hope you have found it interesting and useful.
Have a wonderful Xmas and a fantastic 2016. We have all of our family home so its going to be lovely, our 4 grand children growing so fast with another one on the way. Very exciting.
Warmest regards Bev

Rare Full Moon – Merry Xmas from Emu Ridge

Did you know that there will be a rare full moon this Christmas? Full moons are a rare event at Christmas time because they don’t occur very often, with the last one being recorded 38 years ago in 1977. The moon will be at it’s brightest and fullest from around 10:00pm – 10:30 pm. They say that the next one won’t occur for another 19 years, so you should definitely enjoy this magical event while celebrating the festive holidays.

Bev, Larry and the staff at Emu Ridge would like to wish you a wonderful festive season full of love and joy, and hope that you have a wonderful 2016!

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For the first time in nearly 40 years, a full moon will light up the pre-dawn sky on Christmas Day,according to NASA.

The full moon — which hasn’t been seen on Christmas since 1977 — will peak Friday at 3:11 a.m. PT, the space agency reported on its website, calling it “an added gift for the holidays.”

Another full moon won’t be visible on Dec. 25 until 2034.

“That’s a long time to wait, so make sure to look up to the skies on Christmas Day,” NASA’s website stated.

The last full moon of the year is called the “Full Cold Moon” because it coincides with the start of the winter season, according to NASA. The winter solstice comes just a few days before, on Dec. 21.

“As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor,” NASA’s John Keller said, according to the website. “The geologic history of the moon and Earth are intimately tied together such that the Earth would be a dramatically different planet without the moon.”

Kangaroo Island Gifts, Vouchers & Wrapping Hacks

We have a wide range of beautiful gift packs and boxes for sale in store and online. They are a unique Australian made gift for that special someone. We will also expertly tailor a gift to suit your  individual requirements,  full of excellent local produce. We provide customised Christmas or Corporate gifts as well. So if you have a special occasion for someone coming up and would like a gift basket and are not sure what to choose, we are here to help you with heaps of gift ideas. If you would like something delivered on Kangaroo Island we are happy to hand deliver your voucher or gift if it is within the Kingscote area. Otherwise we can arrange delivery for you at a small cost. All other orders are delivered by Australia Post.


We also have Gift Vouchers available that can be used in our Cafe the Bar or Shop. To order one of our unique gift packs or gift boxes, visit our online store


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How clever is this? Remember, when you order our products or purchase them in store, we are always happy to gift wrap them if required, just let us know.

This video hack below shows you how to wrap unusual shapes to, it really cool! Check it out!!



Insect Repellent – be gone mozzies and flies!













Be gone mozzies, bugs and flies!

It’s December, so it’s that time of year the bugs LOVE to come out to annoy us. For an excellent alternative to chemical insect repellents try our all natural insect repellent made with our Eucalyptus Oil and other essential oils. You can relax knowing that your kids don’t have to be covered in chemicals to enjoy the outdoors.

To shop online, click here.

Eucalyptus Oil harvest and production at Emu Ridge

Eucalyptus Oil harvest and production at Emu Ridge

We are very excited to announce that the new harvest and oil production at Emu Ridge has begun! For the past 24 years its been harvested by hand with a chainsaw, the process is so much faster now. It takes 1 man 10 minutes in the harvester to gather crop, whereas it used to take 2 men 2 hours! It definitely makes Larry’s life easier, which is great for all of us at Emu Ridge.

We produce a Eucalyptus oil that is unique to the world. The leaves that we use to make our oil from is called the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee or Eucalyptus cneorifolia. It grows predominantly on the eastern side of the island. There are over 1000 species of Eucalypts, among those, there are only around 10 which have enough oil in the leaf to be of commercial value, ours is one of the top three and you will only find it on Kangaroo Island.

Emu Ridge is a unique attraction where you can find out how a traditional Aussie bush product is made. They will show you the past and present process of eucalyptus oil distilling. Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first true export overseas and one of Kangaroo Island’s major industries that employed more than 600 people in the 1930s. Emu Ridge is now the only remaining commercial eucalyptus oil distillery in South Australia, and is proud to have preserved a major part of KI’s heritage and produce a eucalyptus oil that is unique to the world.

The Process…


1. The bushes are grown in rows and every second row is harvested each year.

The harvester has been revamped to suit Larry’s needs as you cannot buy something that is specifically made for what we do. There isn’t many of us around! The pots and still have all been made by Larry! Really the whole premises has been built by Larry and staff! Here’s a link to more harvest photo’s from our talented Workaway volunteer Marcus!

Mechanical Harvester

2. The harvester blades, have been adapted to cut the bushes more efficiently.

Filling the steel pots

3. The galvanized pots are then filled up to the top and taken back to the still.

The Still

4. The fire is then lit using timber from the property and the stainless steel pot is filled with water  the lids is sealed and clamped into place like a pressure cooker.

Raw Oil

5. This is the raw oil being collected from the first distillation, to be distilled again to give a clear, pure oil.

Leaf before and after

6. The leaf before and after distillation. The end product is used to light the fire and also used as mulch back on the plantations.

Our oil then goes through a second process to remove any impurities and bring it up to standard. The pot is cleaned out and the raw oil and water go into the pot and its distilled a second time. Then its ready to be bottled and sold.

Bottling the oil

7. The oil is then bottled by hand.


8. The oil is also labelled by hand and stored in the workshop ready to be sold or bought back to the shop.

Oil in the shop

9. The finished product!


Below is a video of the harvester in action, enjoy!


We are very proud to make a product from start to finish completely on the Emu Ridge property, and we hope you enjoyed seeing the process!

If you would like to order our Eucalyptus Oil, please click here.

This video is how it was made when harvested with the chainsaw. We hope to have a new video to show everyone very soon.

Yvonne’s beautiful handmade bags and purses

Beautiful new stocks of Yvonne’s handmade bags and purses have just arrived. They are unique one of a kinds handmade from different leathers, Emu and Kangaroo Leather is always featured and would make a fantastic gift.

If you can’t make it to the shop, please call us on 08 8553 8228 to make a phone order and we can send it out to you!

Coming back for more!

It’s lovely to see so many visitors around before Xmas. It’s even more special when they return for more lovely local goodies to take home for Xmas Pressies. This lovely couple are from Brunswick in Victoria and are just one of our visitors that have been coming back for more, thanks so much and enjoy the rest of your holidays.

Remember our products are also available online here.

Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus – Maine Beach – Wild Bushland – Emu Ridge

This Beautifully packaged range is blended with freshly picked Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus leaves, crushed bush mint and a hint of spice, this extensive body care range offers an uplifting assortment of botanical oils to counter the ageing process. Double distilled on Kangaroo Island in one of Australia’s oldest Eucalypt distilleries, the Eucalyptus oil is then infused with a floral bouquet of white rock orchid, lavender buds and ylang ylang blossom on a delicate base of vanilla pod and soft musk. The result is a sensual range of natural Australian-made products free from parabens, mineral oil, sulphate and colourant. This product will make a great gift for anyone. Phone Emu Ridge for the Maine Beach Wild Bushland Eucalyptus Body Care Range or use the website for orders!

Emu Ridge have a wonderful range of natural Australian produced products all available here

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