New Joey Orphans for Spring 2018


Once again Bev has some orphaned animals she is looking after. This Spring she has 2 Joey Kanagroos, and a wallaby.

Bev has been hand rearing orphaned animals for 26 years! She has had Kangaroos, Wallabys, Possums, Birds. Once they’re old enough, they are released back into the wild on Emu Ridges farm.

The  joey kangaroos we currently have are Leo, Bambi and we often babysit Kindy Boy. Leo is the oldest at 14 months and now doesn’t need to live in the pouch (bag/basket) but still will try to get in one when he can. Bambi is 10 months old and still lives in the pouch (bag/basket). Bambi was found on the Dudley Penisula by a couple who named him after his unique markings on his head. Kindy Boy is Bev’s daughters joey and he is also 10 months old. His name comes from when Mel took her children to kindy and on the way they found him, therefore he got the name Kindy Boy. Eucy the wallaby is 10 months old and is now semi released like Leo.

The joeys all still have 4 bottles a day. Sometimes a lucky visitor gets to feed one!

This is little Bambi 9 months old to cute!

They are little rascals just like a child or domestic pet as they grow. If you are visiting our beautiful island make sure you drive safely and if you see a dead animal on the road please check the pouches for little ones and it you find a baby or injured animal please call the local vet or National Parks in your area and we are always happy to help.

New arrival for the Turners

Some wonderful news,  Nanna Bev and Grandpa Larry are proud to announce the arrival of our latest grandson Bruce Banton making our youngest daughter Tiffany and Wills little family complete  a little brother for John and Maggie 

Tiffany is the owner and director of Bop till you Drop in Adelaide. A children’s entertainment company.

The Banton family

Kangaroo Island Marron at Emu Ridge Cafe

We have added an exciting new addition to our Emu Ridge Cafe Menu. Kangaroo Island fresh water Marron. Its a great bush food in keeping with our business, its indigenous to Australia and another form of sustainable farming of our natural resources, just like our eucalyptus oil!

Live Kangaroo Island Marron at Emu Ridge

Live Marron from our tanks provides nothing but the freshest produce. Kangaroo Island Marrons sweet  delicate flesh and rich fresh flavour is claimed to be one of the world’s most indulgent foods.

Marron Cherax cainii are fresh water crustaceans  origionally from Western Australia, but introduced to Kangaroo Islands rivers in the 1980’s. Marron is the largest freshwater crayfish in Australia and the third largest freshwater crayfish on Earth. They can grow up to 380mm and weigh about 2kg! Kangaroo Island now has a few Marron farms in operation, our Marron comes from the Tretheweys farm KI Gold.

Share tasing platter of Kangaroo Island Marron at Emu Ridge

Marron according to some of the top chefs are the best tasting freshwater crustacean in the world. Marron have more meat to shell ratio than any other crustacean. They vary in colour from black to magnificent cobalt blue due to genetic variation and when cooked become a mouthwatering orange. Marron can be cooked in many ways, the easiest and quickest is by boiling. For a delicious and attractive alternative they can be butterflied and barbecued! Ours are boiled and finished off in the grilled served with a delicious crunchy Asian salad, and 2 delicious in-house dipping sauces!


Enjoying Kangaroo Island Marron at Emu Ridge

Edible Emu Eggs in Australia

A story from ABC Radio Landline regarding edible Emu Eggs, we are requested them all the time, the chain of Frewville Foodlands in Adelaide and many restaurants would love to have them.

This link will take you to the full story

South Australian farmer Bev Tuner  from Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island said she was getting requests from top restaurants in Melbourne.

“We can’t keep up supply,” she said.

“We would like to get more emus; the demand is definitely there for edible eggs.

“Television programs are asking for the eggs, we’ve had requests from Survivor and My Kitchen Rules. Once upon a time the farmers gave away thier eggs to local fish and chip shops to be used for batter, noone knew what an amazing product it was”

Emu image Lucy Murray

emu ridge emu egg, 10 chicken eggs to one emu egg

This link will take you to a link with more about our products and our emu oil also an amazing product

Kangaroo Island Wedding at Emu Ridge

Another beautiful wedding was held at Emu Ridge recently for the gorgeous newly weds Michaela & Sam O’Brien.  The couple chose to  have their wedding ceremony  on our Emu Ridge farm in one of our paddocks over looking a dam and the De-Estrees Bay Scenery. The reception was held at our Emu Ridge venue to make it easy for all of their guests, no travelling!  Most of the guests arrived and left the wedding by bus transport organized by the family.

The theme was rustic with recycled objects, pallets and succulents.

Michaela was one of our casual staff at Emu Ridge a few years ago so we were delighted she chose our venue for her special day.

Congratulations to Michaela and Sam and all the best for the future from  Larry and Bev and the team at Emu Ridge.

This link will take you to the Face book wedding album

Professional photos were taken by Rosemary Photography also originally a local Kangaroo Island girl.


The happy couple chose our farm at Emu Ridge and our Bushland scrub for their wedding photos! Professional photos were taken by Rosemary Photography also originally a local Kangaroo Island girl.

Makeup for the wedding party and mothers of the bride and groom was done by our daughter Mel from Balance Beauty and Massage. She is also very popular pampering the visitors you can go to her beauty room at her home or she will come to you., bringing a little magic to your holiday. Hair was beautifully done by Richards Salon

Our front deck with the extended Marquee as the bar

A panorama shot

Dance floor and Bar area

Our event venue is set  in the bush in a rustic setting at Emu Ridge, complete with a bonfire in our old eucalyptus still pot, it always creates a beautiful atmosphere. DJ Jayden  supplied the music and Lucy’s KI Kitchen catered with  her delicious food.


looking stunning outside with the lighting, trees and wine barrels.

Bonfires are always loved this is our original still,pot so still being used life goes on!

Melody  from Keyk Arte is a local cakemaker and a popular choice, she made this beautiful naked cake to match Michaelas theme..


Lucy’s KI Kitchen catered at Emu Ridge with  her delicious menu..

Emu Ridge caters for all kinds of events. We can help make your wedding magical, corporate event successful, and special celebration a party to remember. This link will take you to our info on Event  and Venue hire info. 



Emu Ridge at the Melrose & Jamestown Shows 2018

Over the October Long Weekend Bev and Coralie from Rustic Blue were at the Melrose & Jamestown Shows in the Flinders Ranges promoting Kangaroo Island and our wonderful natural products. It was a busy 3 days showcasing some of our range such as our Eucalyptus oil, Emu oil, Tea Tree oil, Soaps and gifts.

Coralie had the Kangaroo Island Merino Possum Wool garments which Catriona Rowntree highly praised as she is the Australian Wool Innovation Ambassador. We are happy we got the chance to meet her and showcase what Kangaroo Island has to offer.

We thank everyone who visited our stall and hope they enjoyed themselves. Please keep a look out on our Facebook page for when we make the venture to the “mainland” again.

Melrose  at Mt Remearkable is the oldeset town in the Flinders Ranges established in 1853 and Jamestown is the largest rural country show in South Australia. being held over 2 days.

Eucalyptus Duo Pack SPECIAL at Emu Ridge


Dont miss this SPECIAL on the Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Maine Beach DUO PACK. We are excited to be able to offer you this SPECIAL, just in time to order for Xmas Gifts!  It includes Hand and Nail Cream 100ml and Body Mousse 150ml was $49.95 now ONLY $20.00. Order online or give us a call!


This Beautifully packaged Maine Beach 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.

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

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Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island Virtual Shop Tour

If you haven’t been to our farmgate shop and are wondering what it looks like here at Emu Ridge. A virtual tour is the next best thing to being here. You can take a virtual tour and explore our premises as if you were there below. Enjoy!

Click on the arrows you can view our car park, front deck, shop, cafe, and back dining area, all in  360° views, check us out!

Emu Ridge visit Eucalyptus oil Distillery in Victoria

We took a few weeks holidays and look what we found 2 Eucy stills. One run by Robbie and work for the dole helpers operating every second weekend as a tourism project and at Mickeys Distillery an old relic that was last used in 2011, the State Forest stopped harvesting in that area unfortunately. Not much different to what they did to us, but we were harvesting on private land not government land. We were fortunate to have established our plantations on our own land and as a result the mongrels couldn’t touch us and we are lucky to still be harvesting today. We are proud to be one of only a few remaining commercial stills left in Australia today.

Below is a story of fellow distillers:

Robbie & Larry at the stewing put at Wedderburn

Mickeys Distillery now derelict in Victoria 1902 – 2011

Geoffrey Robin Collins better known as Robbie was born at Rathdown Street Carlton on the 3rd June 1939 to Fred and Sarah Collins.

Due to the early death of Robbie’s father, his mother took him to live with his grandparents Bob, Mary and Aunty Jean Grieves at Rheola. His mother went to work in Melbourne to help support him.

At school age Robbie attended the Rheola Primary School No 59. At the age of fourteen he took his first job at Harold and Janet Prenton’s. Robbie was milking cows and picking apples. My first wage in 1953 was 2lb pounds and 10 shillings per week.

In 1955 Robbie started another job on Stan and Alice Catto’s farm milking cows and doing general farm duties.  His wage then 7 pounds a week. Robbie milked sixteen cow’s morning and night by hand which was a big job. He then had the pleasure of using the first cow milking machine in the district called a Lister which was driven by petrol cutting milking time in half.


Victorian Blue Mallee a different variety to what we use

In 1956 Robbie started a new job as a bulldozer operator for the Robertson Brothers Earth moving company sinking dams and road making. Unfortunately Robertson Brothers cease operation in 1964 and Robbie became unemployed.

During the time of bulldozing and sinking dams he met and married wife Margaret and had three children Julie, Pam and Robyn.

Larry and Robbie having a chat at the little tourist still

In 1964 when Robbie was unemployed there were not a lot of jobs available in the area.

Robbie’s luck changed when Jack Hansen approached him regarding cutting eucalyptus leaves. It was an offer to good to turn down.

So a new era began for Robbie cutting eucalyptus leaves. He had not done this sort of work before but didn’t take long to find out. It was hard slogging work cutting with choppers and hoes for a eucalyptus distiller Mr Reg Matthews on Mr Reg Holt’s farm.

Jack and Robbie cut leaves together for a few months and their wages were around 16 pounds a week each. In 1965 when decimal currency was introduced he was employed as a tractor driver being paid $40 dollars a week. Even when Robbie became permanently employed at the Korong Shire, he still cut eucalyptus leaves at the weekends and on holidays to make sufficient income for his family.

In 1975 Robbie teamed up with a work mate on the Korong Shire, Mr Tommy Webb. Tommy and Robbie started cutting leaves for Jim Ghan from Inglewood. Jim use to cart leaves for distilling from the Wedderburn area to his Inglewood factory. Jim payed $2.50 lb for cutting and the vats would produce 80 to 100 lb of eucalyptus oil. For one month Tom and Robbie would produce around 400 lb of eucalyptus oil. The eucalyptus oil was sold to a company in Melbourne Felton Grimwade and Bickford Pty Ltd. Robbie cut leaves with Jim for a few years. Sadly it all came to a halt when Jim lost his life in a car accident. When this accident occurred Tom and Robbie had to stop cutting eucalyptus leaves and look for a factory to distil the eucalyptus oil. It took sometime to find an old eucalyptus factory seven miles from Wedderburn at a place called Woolshed Flat. This factory required some maintenance.

Tommy and Robbie contacted the owners Les & Eric Nisbet and asked if they could restore to distil eucalyptus leaves. The brothers agreed so Tommy and Robbie set to work in restoring the old factory. It took them a few months before it was workable. Once the repairs were finished they started distilling their own leaves and made it a profitable enterprise.

Tommy and Robbie worked the factory together for a number of years and then Tommy decided to give away the eucy leave cutting and work cutting fire wood. This left Robbie working the factory with the help of his wife Margaret, daughters Pam and Robyn and an old eucalyptus cutter from StArnard Mr Jim Hines. Jim worked and cut leaves for the factory and the Collins family were able to entertain tourist’s who visited the site to see the production of eucalyptus oil.

Larry at the boiler of Mickeys relic still

In 1997 Robbie’s daughter Robyn started a business called Loddon Discovery Tours. The tours would stop at the old factory which made it very famous in the coach tour sector in Victoria.

In 1994 when Robbie retired from the Korong Shire, Les & Eric Nisbet of Wedderburn gave him a Stew Pot that they had worked in Les’s backyard for many years. This was a very important gift, because it showed how the old pioneers worked over 150 years ago. It was the way Eucalyptus Oil was distilled in Australia since 1852.


Owing to the vast interest taken by tourist’s visiting the old factory, seeing the eucalyptus oil process Robbie approached Wedderburn Tourism Inc about placing the Eucalyptus Stew Pot at Hard Hill Tourist Reserve as a major tourist attraction for Wedderburn. He requested the Stew Pot be owned owned by the community.

Robbie operated the Eucalyptus Stew Pot as a volunteer for Wedderburn Tourism Inc from 1998 through to 2006.

Wedderburn Tourism Inc engaged their first contractor in 2006 and now Robbie supervises and passes on his considerable knowledge to contractors and work experiences participants about eucalyptus oil production in Australia.

Robbie is very happy that he has been able to past on his knowledge to Wedderburn Tourism Inc about the history, heritage and culture of processing eucalyptus oil.

Eucalyptus oil is a very important part of Wedderburn’s history as well as the history of Australia.

Eucalyptus oil was the first indigenous export which has been produced for 154 years and continues to be sold both in Australia and around the world.


So theres a bit of history bout this lovely guy we met Robbie and some Victorian history for you. If you would like to know more about our South Australian History and Kangaroo Island in particular see this link.