School Holiday Activities on Kangaroo Island

We like to be children friendly at Emu Ridge. Each school holidays we always organizes a range of activities for children to do while their parents have a browse around our shop. These include crosswords, word finds, making bath salts, colouring-in competitions and lots more! See below for some templates. Our kiddies corner is always popular, the little ones can enjoy toys, books, blackboards and more.P1040673

These bright, colourful bath salts are fun and easy to make as well as smelling beautiful, whether they are mixed into your bath water or simply left open beside your bed.

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Making Bath Salts always popular every holidays

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Easter Colouring-In Competition 2015

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Making Bath Salts

we also have fun outdoor activities such as hop scotch and tic-tac-toe (noughts and crosses)

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hop scotch fun in the warm sun

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you may all know this game as tic-tac toe, but at Emu Ridge we have sticks and stones that was hand made by Larry Turner. This lovely family from Italy enjoyed a game of good old-fashioned Tic-Tac-Toe on our new deck at Emu Ridge. Tic- Tac-Toe is a fun, traditional game that can be played by all ages.

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Crossword, Click Here

To print off our fun Eucalyptus Word Find, Click Here

Anzac Day, A Day of Remembrance for Australia and New Zealand

“Australia’s ANZAC Sons” by Peter Baskerville

Tread softly now this hallowed ground
but wear the dust with pride,
for mingled with this ancient soil
our Aussie ash abides.
To sense the golden wattle sprig,
to see the red gums tall,
embodied in their crimson flow
our land and nature call.

Though beaten in a senseless raid
the world’s respect was won,
an enemy turned to friend indeed
our sons and theirs now one.
Eight thousand souls departed here
their flesh, a richer earth
that’s greened these hills for 90 years
their spirit, a nation’s birth.

A heritage won, a legacy given
that’s stood the test of time,
of mateship, grit and courage clear,
these bells forever chime.
Whilst larrikin and defiant they
the ultimate price have paid,
no greater honor now bestowed:
The ‘Anzac Spirit’ displayed.

This beautiful sunrise was taken by one of our lovely staff Madison Lierich, I thought it was very fitting for this Anzac Day – At the going down of the Sun and in the Morning, we will Remember Them…… from all of us at Emu Ridge.

This link will take you to why we celebrate ANZAC DAY 

French Tourism Students

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus continues to build a relationship with a Laflèche College in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. Quebec, hosting another two of its tourism intership students.

Lindie and Elodie were lucky to be here at this time to experience the automating of our new business methods, bringing our business up to date with the 21st century. Helping out in many ways including reception, cleaning, restocking the shop, making various gift packs, bottling oil, retail sales, waitressing and tour guiding.

“I think we all have a great job at Emu Ridge, we have such a huge variety of jobs to keep us busy,” Bev said.

“We thank the parents and teachers for trusting in us and we hope the girls take home some amazing memories of Kangaroo Island.  We are sure all the girls will have a bright future ahead in hospitality and tourism!

Some memories of the time Élodie & Lindie our tourism students from Quebec had with us. We loved having them, thanks so much for your help, you both did an amazing job and fitted in with our team and our business very well.  

See ya, Au revoir? Collège Laflèche

 

Easter Opening hours at Emu Ridge

Larry, Bev and the  Emu Ridge team hope everyone has a lovely Easter Break. We are going to be open for everyone everyday 9am – 4pm.

Enjoy our Eucalyptus Oil and Natural Products, Local Produce, Kangaroo Island Cider Tasting and Sales and the Cafe, see our autumn menu, plus we have Marron, and the DeEstree Bakery Panini’s and other specials available daily!

This lovely Easter Bilby artpiece painted by our volunteer Laura Hepworth, an artist from the UK. If your not sure what a Bilby is see below. We are all about Australian Natives so we are using our Native Bilby for our Easter wishes.

 

Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)

The Australian Easter Bilby
Bilbies, or rabbit-bandicoots, are desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores; they are members of the order Peramelemorphia. At the time of European colonisation of Australia, there were two species. The lesser bilby became extinct in the 1950s; the greater bilby survives but remains endangered. It is currently listed as a vulnerable species. It is on average 55 cm (22 in) long, excluding the tail, which is usually around 29 cm (11 in) long. Its fur is usually grey or white, it has a long pointy nose and very long ears, hence earning its nick-name, the rabbit-eared bandicoot. Bilbies Burrow for Safety!

Greater Bilby on ground near its burrow

Greater Bilby in captivity. Photo: Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage.

The Bilby is an important part of traditional indigenous culture in the deserts of Central Australia. The large rabbit like ears of the Greater Bilby (referred to as Bilby) have also made it a popular Australian icon at Easter. Sadly, through habitat loss and competition with introduced animals, the number of these small mammals has dramatically reduced over the last 100 years.

As members of a group of ground-dwelling marsupials known as Bandicoots, Bilbies have long pointed snouts and compact bodies. Bilbies measure between 29 and 55cm in length and differ from other Bandicoots by their larger ears, long silky fur and longer tails.

Bilbies are remarkable burrowers, using their strong forelimbs and claws to build extensive tunnels. One Bilby may make up to twelve burrows within its home range to use for shelter. They have long slender tongues that they use to eat a specialised diet of seeds, insects, bulbs, fruit and fungi. Bilbies are active at night, sheltering in their burrows during the daytime.

Where is it found?

A hundred years ago, Bilbies were common in many habitats throughout Australia, from the dry interior to temperate coastal regions. Changes to the Bilby’s habitat have seen their numbers greatly reduced and today the species is nationally listed as vulnerable. They now occur in fragmented populations in mulga shrublands and spinifex grasslands in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory; in the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts and the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia; and the Mitchell Grasslands of southwest Queensland.

What are the threats?

While there are many threats contributing to the dramatic decline of Bilby populations, the most important of these are habitat loss and change, and competition with introduced animals. As agricultural activities extended over the more fertile regions of Australia the Bilby’s habitat has changed rapidly. Changing fire patterns also affect the type and abundance of food plants.

Competition with introduced animals is a major threat as domestic stock like cattle and sheep eat the same plants. Rabbits compete with Bilbies for their food and burrows and foxes and feral cats also prey on them.

Having disappeared from the areas intensively grazed by livestock as well as those areas densely populated by Rabbits, Cats and Foxes, Bilbies now only survive in small isolated populations in the driest and least fertile regions of arid Australia.

What is happening?

The Bilby is protected throughout Australia where it occurs. A national Recovery Plan is being developed to ensure the survival of the Bilby. Key recovery actions include:

  • managing the Bilby’s remaining habitat;
  • breeding in captivity;
  • monitoring existing populations; and
  • re-establishing Bilbies in areas where they previously occurred.

The ‘Save the Bilby’ project, based in the Queensland town of Charleville, is an example of a few determined individuals making a big difference. The local team aims to build a predator-proof enclosure surrounding part of a national park to reintroduce Bilbies into far western Queensland. They have raised money for their project by running “meet the Bilby” evenings, with a talk, video and meeting of the captive Bilby breeding colony, and by selling Bilby merchandise in shopping centres across southern Queensland.

Source environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/bilby-macrotis-lagotis

Emu Ridge Celebrates 28 years in Business

HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY to EMU RIDGE EUCALYPTUS ?? Founded on the 8th of April 1991 ☺

Wow time flies when your having fun, a quick pic of the staff at work today in front of our original shop the Old MacGillivray Post Office ???????? Some of our great team at work today, Lucy, Tristan, Ella, tourism student Elodie, Larry, me Bev, Tricia, tourism student Lindie and of course our overseer Choppa ?

We are nothing without you!

Thanks to our visitors, loyal customers, online customers, and our amazing Emu Ridge team!