Buy Local and support our Kangaroo Island Community

Hi there, us Islanders all need your help more than ever. Online shopping from local Kangaroo Island producers is a way that you can help right now.

Australian manufacturers, farmers, fishermen and processors make some of the best products in the world. By purchasing our goods, you’re not only supporting local jobs and our economy, but also getting great products you can trust.

We encourage you to support our community by purchasing from one of the online stores listed below.

In the future if you need gift for yourself or someone else, think Kangaroo Island!

KI Producers Online shops include:

Bay of Shoals Wines

Cliffords Honey Farm

Dudley Wines

To find out more about our Eucalyptus oil and to purchase Australian click here

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery 

False Cape Wines 

Fine Art Kangaroo Island

OrganiQ Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Living Honey

Kangaroo Island Oats

Kangaroo Island Source

Kangaroo Island Spirits

Kangaroo Island Wool

Rustic Blue Kangaroo Island

Springs Road winery

The Islander Estate Vineyards

Happy Shopping.  Some producers don’t have an online shop but I’m sure if you called them they will be happy to help, many also wholesale their produce so ask your local fruit and veg store or supermarket what they have that is produced on Kangaroo Island, Fryars Kangaroo Island Free Range eggs come to mind but there are many.

Thanks for reading ~Bev~

Fires Devastate much of Kangaroo Island

We really are humbled by the prayers & concern received from friends, family, visitors & customers worldwide, we really appreciate you all.

We are still here!  We are open for business! We are one of the lucky ones! Our families, staff, homes, our business & our trees are all safe. We are devastated by the impact the fires have had & will have on our community, parks, farmers, businesses & wildlife. 😢Our hearts go out to all that have had losses 😢

We thank you for your continued support of our products and ‘Kangaroo Island. We all need it to help rebuild what we once had on our beautiful island.

As a result of the Kangaroo Island bushfires that started on the 3rd January, 2020, just over half of our Island has been affected. Its devastating for all of us in many different ways. For our business without visitors our staff have lost there jobs 🙁 We are hurting! So if you are looking for a way that you can help us and others, you can purchase our products online here.

This link will take you to more of our producers on Kangaroo Island  and their online shops if you would like to support them.

We are Australia’s third largest island so we still have so many beautiful untouched places that are all waiting to be enjoyed.

Our community is open for business and eager to share its treasures; touch nature at our iconic Seal Bay, Raptor Domain Birds of Prey, and KI Wildlife Park. Swim with the dolphins or visit our wineries in Kingscote, Cygnet River and on the Dudley Peninsula who always have a glass at the ready. Our world famous Kangaroo Island Oysters are available for tasting at American River and can be finished off with the most wonderful honey ice cream at Cliffords Honey Farm. Our Eucalyptus Distillery of course and you can also taste our neighbors award winning cider here as well, and you can also go quad biking or fat biking.

Our main townships: Penneshaw, American River, Kingscote, Parndana, Stokes Bay, Emu Bay on the North Coast through to Vivonne Bay on the South Coast remain unaffected. The same can be said for everything to the East.  The Kingscote precinct and the Dudley Peninsula has a lot to offer. The  beaches in all of these areas are stunning.

Total area impacted on by the Kangaroo Island fire 20th January 2020 Bushfire situation

We are so grateful for the heroic efforts of our firefighters and the many volunteers working relentlessly to help others, and the many amazing acts of kindness coming from people, charities and companies locally and overseas, it is truly humbling.  We are so grateful to the amazing people that volunteered to be in such horrible conditions, and while we are safe, we grieve the losses our beautiful island home has sustained.

The Ravine fire continues to burn on KI, with crews monitoring the active eastern fire edge.  216,000ha burnt, A 530km fire perimeter and an active non-continuous fire edge of over 120km, Approximately 420 personnel on the ground across all agencies, About 388 of these are firefighters, 77 firetrucks currently on the fire ground, and 350 Defence personnel

To keep you informed with whats happening on Kangaroo Island at anytime, The Islander Facebook page updated by the editor Stan is fantastic!

Image credit from at KI local Jen Child

Image credit from at KI local Jen Child

If you are wanting to donate to help the Kangaroo Island Community, you can do so below here are the 3 major ones:-

THE KANGAROO ISLAND MAYORS BUSHFIRE APPEAL FUND. The money raised through the Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire appeal will go directly into the hands of islanders that need it most. This will help those directly impacted by the devastation caused by the fires and will help them face each new day with financial assistance to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses. This is the official donation appeal for Kangaroo Island. BSB: 105 094, Account Number: 035 680 540, Account Name: Mayoral Bushfire fund, For international deposits, enter Swift Code: SGBLAU2S. Message from our Mayor as people wanting to donate are concerned where there money will go.

We have also had customers wanting to donate directly to the “Kangaroo Island CFS”, going to the firefighters and volunteers. You can also do this here St George Bank BSB 105 094, ACC 36122 0440,  Swift Code: SGBLAU2S

and for Wildlife to the “Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network”, BSB 015 600 ACC 338361276, Swift Code: SGBLAU2S

These Government websites are up to date and handy if you would like more information about Kangaroo Island.

https://southaustralia.com/travel-blog/how-you-can-help-with-the-bushfires-in-south-australia

https://southaustralia.com/travel-blog/kangaroo-island-bushfire-travel-information

https://southaustralia.com/places-to-go/kangaroo-island

Im leaving you will one of my favorite beaches on KI that has not been touched by the fires and still looks just like this, there is many more to see as well 🙂

So don’t be a stranger – come and discover our beautiful Island, sample our way of life and chat with our passionate community, we would love to see you! Find out what Kangaroo Island tourism businesses are open here.

Warm regards Bev

Great Value Meals for all the family at the Emu Ridge Cafe on Kangaroo Island

Our Emu Ridge Cafe offers a great casual dining experience using our regions local produce. We offer breakfast, lunch and daily specials, barrister coffee and cake.  We cater for all hungry diners including Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Little Ones and special dietary requirements. To complement our dining areas we offer a fully licensed bar that has a good selection of local beer, ciders, wine and soft drinks.

KANGAROO ISLAND CIDERS CELLAR DOOR

We are also the Cellar Door for the award winning Kangaroo Island Ciders, tastings are available over peak season and for group bookings tastings are available at all times.

CHILD FRIENDLY

We are child friendly. The front deck has a great play area for families with plenty to keep the children occupied, including a kids corner inside plus we have a kids menu.

PET FRIENDLY

There is also an area for those with dogs. Pets are welcome as long as the are on a lead.

PICNICKERS WELCOME

We also have an outdoor area available for picnickers who would like to bring their own.

Tailored meals are available for groups if pre booked. Add Emu Ridge to your must visit attractions on your Kangaroo Island visit!

FORTNIGHTLY SPECIALS are posted on our Cafe page or Social Media, below are the up to date menus. Plus the normal Menu and Daily Specials  also available. 

Opening hours

SUMMER MENU PLUS DAILY SPECIALS also available

Xmas Meal Deal SPECIALS

Bookings for meals are essential for larger groups, so you can choose an area that best suits you. We have three dining available. The back-deck seats 40 people. The inside dining area 30 and the front deck up to 150. Plus the outdoors picnic area with plenty of little spots around outdoors!

All areas are wheelchair accessible

  • Breakfast, Lunch and daily specials

  • Tea, coffee and light refreshments

  • Full Bar License

  • Kangaroo Island Cider Cellar Door Sales

  • BBQ facilities and sheltered eating area

  • Public and disabled toilets

  • Picnickers welcome!

  • Catering also available

  • Great venue for a function or Event

It is FREE to visit our Farmgate Retail Shop and Cafe, we also offer a complimentary DVD of the distilling process for your interest.  If you would like to see where we make our famous eucalyptus oil we offer Guided Tours in the holidays only and self-guided tours all year round. 

2019 Australian Cider Awards announced

WINNERS ANNOUNCED on the 8 November 2019 for the 2019 AUSTRALIAN CIDER AWARDS

We congratulate Graham and Mary Jones for Winning the Best Traditional Cider at the 2019 Australian Cider Awards with:

Kangaroo Island Ciders – Colony Cove 2018 Draught Cider

Hosted by Cider Australia, the show promotes and rewards excellence in cider production and brings together the Australian cider community in a celebration of the cider category’s rapid advancement.

A field of 267 Australian and international entries across 24 classes were judged by a panel of respected industry professionals including visiting guest judge Tom Oliver from Oliver’s Cider & Perry in the UK and Jody Scott from Zeffer Cider in New Zealand.

Of the record 16 gold medals awarded this year, 14 were won by Australian producers in a show of the outstanding skills of our local cider makers. Within each class, bronze, silver or gold medals were awarded based on points achieved, with the highest score winning best in class and the overall category trophy.

2019 Australian Cider Award winners:

Best in Show: Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider
Best New World Cider: Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider
Best Traditional Cider: Kangaroo Island Ciders – Colony Cove 2018 Draught Cider
Best Perry: Small Acres Cyder – 2017 Sparkling Perry
Best Intensified / Distilled Cider or Perry: William Smith & Sons – Charles Oates Distilling Apple Blanco
Best Australian Cider or Perry: Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider
Best International Cider or Perry: Cester Camillo – Sidro del Bosco, Italy
Most Successful Small Producer: Small Acres Cyder, New South Wales
Most Successful Larger Producer: William Smith & Sons, Tasmania

Graham and  Mary also recently won the MOST OUTSTANDING SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CIDER/PERRY EXHIBIT at the ROYAL ADELAIDE SHOW

Kangaroo Island Ciders – Colony Cove Draught Cider

For more info on our Cellar Door for Kangaroo Island Ciders see this link Come and taste it for yourself at Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island Ciders Cellar Door

Image source of Graham: Roger Wyman

 

XMAS NEWSLETTER 2019 ROUND 2

Hi again so soon!

We just had to let you know a few things and they cant wait!

Below you’ll see what’s been happening at Emu Ridge. News about the Bodycare Range and if you still need gifts here is your chance to be able to buy your favorite items, we’ve decided to do the 15% OFF EVERYTHING for those that missed out last time, just in time for Christmas!

As always, we thank all our customers for supporting our family-owned business and wish everyone a safe and happy festive season!

Happy reading,

Bev, Larry and the Emu Ridge Team

Once again for all our loyal customers, we would like to offer 15% OFF EVERYTHING! Just incase you missed out on our last SPECIAL and still have gifts to get or top up on your favourite oils or creams.

Just use coupon code xmas19 at the cart page before it expires on 13/12/19.

Benign Brain Tumor

For those that know me I am recovering from brain surgery. I had a benign brain tumor that has been monitored for the last 10 years. Unfortunately it grew too close to my brain-stem and had to be removed. For those interested in my journey of an Acoustic Neroma click on this link. I’m enjoying my time at home but missing work alot, & looking forward to being back soon. ~Bev~

Maine Beach Eucalyptus Range is being Discontinued!

**STOP PRESS** Maine Beach Eucalyptus Bodycare Range to be discontinued! It is regret that the Company that makes our Eucalyptus Body care range has decided, its had its time! If you love this range stock up now while you can!

KI Ciders Win Australia’s Best Traditional Cider 2019

We congratulate Graham and Mary Jones for Winning the “Best Traditional Cider” at the 2019 Australian Cider Awards with their Kangaroo Island Colony Cove 2018 Draught Cider
See more here
Whats been happening on Kangaroo Island
Darry Fraser Kangaroo Island Author launches her latest book the “Good Woman or Renmark” read more here.

Bickford’s purchases historic Kingscote Police Station for its Distillery and Microbrewery read more here.

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari win back to back gold at the SA Tourism Awards for best Tour and Transport Operator in SA read more here.

SeaLink celebrate their 30th birthday this year read more here.

Hottest November Day, Kingscote and Parndana break records read more here.

Thanks for taking the time to read our newsletter.

Warmest greetings for this festive season and best wishes for Happiness in the New Year.

From Larry Bev and the Emu Ridge Team

Xmas Special at Emu Ridge 2019

Have you got all your Xmas Gifts  yet?

We are happy to extend our offer of  15% OFF EVERYTHING*  So don’t miss out on this SPECIAL as you know we don’t do it often. Stock up on gifts or even buy something for yourself.

Just simply use the coupon code xmas19 at the cart page and remember it expires  13/12/19. Happy shopping 🙂

Thanks again for your support throughout the year. We would like to offer a 15% discount off of all of our products *excluding the specials and postage. This offer is available till the 13th of December 2019. We have so many great ideas, Gift Vouchers are always a great option to.

Please let us know if you would like us to include a card or special message. Check out this link for some other great ideas.

 

 

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.

Warmest greetings for this festive season and best wishes for Happiness in the New Year.

Larry, Bev and our team at Emu Ridge.

Kangaroo Island Wild Bushland Eucalyptus Bodycare Range Discontinued

**STOP PRESS** Maine Beach Eucalyptus Bodycare Range to be discontinued!

If you love these products for yourself or giving as gifts, buy up now! We have put them on SPECIAL & what we have in stock is all that’s available, so once there gone, they are gone forever!

It is regret that the Company that makes the Kangaroo Island Wild Bushland Eucalyptus Body care range has decided, its had its time! We only supply our Eucalyptus oil, he makes and markets this brand. It was first launched in 2012, its a lovely product beautifully packaged and we believe its been a great promotional tool for Kangaroo Island & for promoting our Eucalyptus Oil!

We have worked together with Nigel Treliving the founder of Maine Beach since 1993, he originally  owned a company called Trelivings founded in 1978  and he produced a Eucalyptus Body-care Range using our eucalyptus oil with this brand, later the company was sold in 2005 he later founded Maine Beach Company and developed a more natural Eucalyptus Body-care range in 2012. We thank him for the business, he has said it may evolve again! In the mean time it gives us an opportunity to  improve our own brand and packaging! 

Eucalyptus Body Care Range – 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. No products are tested on animals. A high percentage of components used in the manufacture of printed items come from recycled pulp. We use recycled and degradable components wherever cost and aesthetics permit.

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

#essentialoils #naturalproducts

 

Eucalyptus and Honey Sweets now packaged by Bedfords

Bedford  Group is now packaging our Eucalyptus and Honey Sweets for us! This great Group offer Employment, Training and Support for People Living With Disability. We are proud to be working with them and creating jobs. Changing Lives of People With Disability by Building Capacity, Independence & Wellbeing.

At Emu Ridge, our Eucalyptus and Honey Sweets are a delicious natural Gluten free product that is 100% Australian Produced. We send our Eucalyptus Oil and Honey off to the Blackeby Sweets lolly factory in Adelaide, the sweets were then sent back to us so we can package them here at the shop. But thats all changed. Bedford Industries are now packing them for us!

Bedford  Group has been changing the lives of people with disability for over 70 years by building capacity, independence and well-being. They are the second largest employer for people with a disability in Australia. Offering exceptional tailored services and provide a broad suite of NDIS support services including social participation activities, training and accommodation to over 1,500 people in South Australia and Victoria.
They aim to build healthy relationships, foster skills to last a lifetime, and pride themselves on providing hands-on support. Above all, they promote individual choice and control to empower people with disability to live fulfilled and happy lives.
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Annie and Elin hard at work packing our most popular item, Eucalyptus Sweets

Our Eucalyptus and Honey Drops are very popular. They are great to have handy for anytime but are also handy for a sore throat or annoying cough..

Gluten free made in SA from 100% pure Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus oil and Honey.

Ingredients: Sugar, glucose syrup, Gluten Free, Kangaroo Island honey (3.4%), Kangaroo Island eucalyptus oil (0.5%), food acid (330).

 

The dedicated staff bagging and weighing our sweets!

 

Sealing and date stamping.

 

All finished ready for sale!

You can make your own if you like, the recipe is below using our Eucalyptus oil and Honey. If you don’t want to make them, there is also the option of buying them, as well as many of our other great natural products, on our Online Store.

Eucalyptus and Honey Toffee Recipe

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons pure Kangaroo Island Honey

1 cup sugar

85gm butter

3 or 4 drops of Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil

Place the sugar, butter and honey in a saucepan. Stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and cook for 10 mins or until a little toffee dropped into cold water forms a hard ball. When ready remove from the stove and add the Eucalyptus Oil. Pour into a greased shallow tray or patty pans and chill. Break into pieces when set.
This recipe is from Bev Turners Recipes and Uses Book as was given to her by M. Wilson. The recipe book has lots of hints tips and recipes and is available online or phone Emu Ridge.

Acoustic Neroma

Diagnosis

The slow-growing benign nature of this tumor means that symptoms are slow to become noticeable for many and can take years to know that medical attention is needed. Acoustic neuromas tend to grow very slowly, and they don’t spread to distant parts of the body. Sometimes they are too small to cause any problems or symptoms. Bigger acoustic neuromas can interfere with how the vestibulocochlear nerve works and so causes symptoms.

What Are The Possible Downsides and Complications?

Damage to the facial nerve can happen following treatment, causing facial palsy. Damage to the vestibulocochlear nerve can cause permanent deafness, but more often results in partial loss of hearing. If the trigeminal nerve is permanently damaged, this can also result in loss of feeling in the face.

The eighth cranial nerve – also known as the auditory or vestibulocochlear nerve – consists of the vestibular and cochlear divisions, which runs from the inner ear to the brain. The cochlear division is responsible for transmitting information about hearing and vestibular division is responsible for balance.

An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumour that develops when the specialized (Schwann) cells surrounding the vestibular division of the auditory nerve, grow at an abnormal rate in the internal auditory canal. The tumour if left untreated, can grow into the auditory canal and all the way through to the brain.

Acoustic neuromas generally grow slowly, so symptoms develop gradually. The main ones – dizziness, hearing loss and ringing in the ears (tinnitus) – are due to the effects of the tumour pressing on the auditory nerve. If the tumour grows large enough, it also may press on the nearby facial nerve and cause facial paralysis or tingling. Although the tumors are not cancerous, they can become life threatening if they grow so large that they press on brain structures that control vital body functions.

People with a hereditary disease called neurofibromatosis have a higher risk of developing acoustic neuromas and can develop tumours on both sides of the head.

Because the tumour grows so slowly, the symptoms are easy to miss or misinterpret. The earliest and most common symptoms of an acoustic neuroma are a gradual reduction in hearing in one ear and tinnitus, a ringing or noisy sound in the ear.

Other possible symptoms that may occur, depending on the extent of the tumour, include: dizziness, loss of balance or clumsiness facial paralysis, numbness or tingling, headache, a feeling of something clogging the ear, or mental confusion.

Most of these tumours grow slowly, taking years before they become large enough to cause symptoms. Once diagnosed, they must be treated or carefully observed; they do not resolve on their own.

1.8mm removed from ear to brain, it still remains in my cochlear

TREATMENT

Occasionally, doctors may recommend no action at all beyond regular monitoring. This is because an acoustic neuroma typically grows at a slow rate in the initial stages. However, in most cases, treatment is required. Options may include:

  • Surgery – microsurgery techniques are used to remove the tumour. However, side effects can include loss of hearing, and facial nerve damage.
  • Stereotactic procedure – a non-invasive device that directs gamma radiation at the tumour. Side effects may also be experienced with this procedure.

All patients will require close follow-up. Patients and their physicians need to pay close attention for hearing loss, balance and facial muscle weakness. Hearing tests and MRIs will be performed periodically to assess changes in growth or new growth.

PROGNOSIS

Acoustic neuromas are not malignant and do not spread to other parts of the body.

However, some untreated neuromas can grow very aggressively and cause severe and permanent damage to nerves, ear and brain tissue. Hearing loss and balance problems related to the tumour may remain, even after treatment by surgery or radiation. If an acoustic neuroma is diagnosed early, when the tumour is small, treatment is more likely to preserve hearing.

ENJOY EACH DAY ITS ALL A GIFT!

Again thanks for reading for a better understanding, Im happy to answer questions if someone would like, yours sincerely Bev

UPDATE 18/11/19

Hi, 4 weeks since my op, I was doing really well, off all meds and starting to feel better and sleep better, the steroids kept me awake and had nasty side effects, my hips have gone very week and if I squat I cant stand up, I have been doing a 20 walk on a walking machine each day, hopefully it wont take long to get back to normal. My eyes are still out of focus and nothing like they were before the op, so its hard to walk and concentrate and see, Ive had to get 1.5 reading glasses to see the computer and my phone, that’s how much both eyes have changes and they are both different at the moment the doctor said that this will change over time. Facial palsy is still the same, no change yet. Unfortunately my stomach has gotten infected I have a staff infection at present and on very strong IV antibiotics will keep you posted. What a shame my head is great my stomach gets infected, never mind. Cheers for now. ~Bev~

UPDATE 23/11/19

Infection has gone and I can get back to normal healing. I have found an fantastic website to help people with facial palsy,  VIDEOS FOR ME AT MY STAGE Management of Flaccid Facial Paralysis (Floppy Face) The surgeons didn’t tell me anything! Thanks to a lady on this site who put the link up after a question from someone Acoustic Neuroma / Vestibular Schwannoma Group  I’ve been taping my eye wrong at night and should have been massaging my face everyday, massaging palsy side and 9/12.19

UPDATE 9/12/19

7 Weeks have flown by, my balance and mobility is now great, ive been to the gym 2 times a week and walked 20 minutes on a walking machine. I can now squat and stand up so the steroids must be wearing off thank goodness. I see a very minute change in my face, but for now it is pretty much the same. Im sure my mouth is not quite as numb as it was in the beginning. My stomach wound is still being dressed every 3 days. Below is the lovely Dr Sharad Chawla my ENT Surgeon and Doctor for the past 7 years a lovley man. When I asked why he didnt visit me in hospital he said he came to see me on day 5 and i had been discharged. He said he was shocked but was glad to see me now. will keep you informed cheers for now ~Bev~

My lovely Dr Chawla, my eye and mouth are not as drooped as week three image. My main Doc who has been monitoring my tumor for the past 7 years!

 

 

 

 

 

WWOOF Volunteers a rewarding experience!

Meet Beverley & Larry Turner WWOOF Australia Hosts at Emu Ridge Farm

https://wwoof.com.au/members/sa265/

Emu Ridge farms eucalyptus oil and produces a range or natural products. We are the only commercial eucalyptus oil in South Australia, operating a tourist attraction, retail & online shop.

We reached out to Bev and Larry to see what they have been up to and why.

How long have you been a WWOOF Australia Host and why did you choose to be part of this program?

Hi we began hosting WWOOFers when we began our business about 25 years ago, if it wasn’t for their initial help with the down turn in wool prices we would not have survived our challenging days, many farmers lost their farms, but we diversified to a new sustainable way of  farming from sheep to eucalyptus oil, and went back to farming our natural resources.

What is it like living where you do?

Kangaroo island is a beautiful unspoilt wilderness fresh, clean and green just the way we like it! Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. In the west, Flinders Chase National Park is known for penguin colonies and striking coastal rock formations, like the sculpted Remarkable Rocks and the stalactite-covered Admirals Arch.

Things to do on Kangaroo Island whilst you are visiting Bev and Larry: https://southaustralia.com › places-to-go › kangaroo-island

What is the main Airport I fly into to visit you?

You have 2 ferry choices, Kangaroo Island Connect and the Sealink Ferry and you can also fly with Rex or Qantas, its ½ flying ti,e or about 45 minutes on the ferrys.

Describe your Sustainable Lifestyle and why you chose to live like this.

Emu Ridge believes in farming our natural resources in a sustainable way, promoting and selling PURE NATURAL AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTS. At Emu Ridge, we have a genuine belief in the need for sound environmental management in every aspect of what we do. Farm land is more commercially viable and ultimately self sustaining through re-vegetation and farming of our natural resources. This has meant a change in direction from general farming practices (i.e. from wool production and grain cropping to farming our native vegetation which nature has spent thousand of years developing specifically for our environment).

        

Our main concern is the redevelopment and preservation of the natural environment. Most importantly, we want to farm without the use of chemicals or sprays. Waste products are recycled and re-used throughout the distilling process, helping to preserve the environment. The boiled leaves from the “old cook” are reused as a fuel for the fire in the distillery, and also as sterile mulch. We are also responsible for our own water.

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.

What would be a typical day for a WWOOFer?

A typical day vairies greatly depending on the time of the year and the stills of the volunteers, caring for our orphaned wildlife and the emus is their main job and its something so satisfying and unique. It could be bottling or making oil, making souvenirs, cleaning anything that needs doing of the day, jobs are always varied and fun.

    

Where do WWOOFers get to stay? These days they have a choice of having their own accommodation in an old bus at the distillery or living with us as a family in the local town.

What is the weather like and what is the best time of the year to visit? September to April is the best time to come to enjoy the warmer weather and beautiful beaches.

Is there any particular piece of clothing if any you would recommend be the number one item to bring with them? Clothing neat tidy and work wear.

What will you teach WWOOFers during their stay with you? Sustainable farming practises and how to make amazing natural products from something that grows naturally on our farm, and how to be responsible for our own power and water.

What has been the best memory to date an experience you have had as a Host with WWOOFers? As we have been doing it for so many years, we have had young children that have stayed marry and have children of their own, 4 lovely girls from Holland, my daughter has gone to visit them twice and we to have also got to travel overseas and stay with some of our volunteers a truly amazing and memorable experience, very special!

Do you have any advice for Hosts or WWOOFers to help them make the most out of WWOOF? Just choose something that you are interested in and what to learn about and enjoy the experience as time flys when your having fun!

Would you recommend being a WWOOF Host and why? Yes so rewarding, they are all like my children I love it!

We see you do alot of animal rescue, we are sure the WWOOFers just love that!

   

We are offerring $10.00 off mens T-Shirts for all WWOOFers and Hosts that join our program https://wwoof.com.au/product/wwoof-australia-mens-short-sleeved-t-shirt/   

Just type in Code: WWOOFTEE

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