Bath Salts Thanks to Olsson’s Pacific Salt

There is something for everyone at Emu Ridge and making bath salts is a great activity for kids or even adults. I would like to tell you about an awesome Aussie business Olsson’s Pacific Salt who generously supply the salt for this activity FREE OF CHARGE.

Making your own Bath Salts is an activity we have available in the School Holidays. Its always nice to make something yourself, it makes it very special! We make a great range of different coloured Ollson’s salts and the artistic maker can create there own masterpieces in a bottle. To finish them off we add a few drops of Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil and Lemon Myrtle  to give them a beautiful smell! A great memory of their Kangaroo Island visit, they can take off the lid and have a smell when they are feeling blue or pop some in the bath and relax!


It wouldn’t be possible for us to do this without Olsson’s Pacific Salt, a South Australian Company who harvest the salt from Whyalla, they provide the salt to us FREE OF CHARGE! A very kind gesture and we thank them very much. It puts a smile on so many faces and its a special momento of their visit!

We hope you support this great sustainable Aussie business, their products are great. They are the oldest family-owned and operated salt company in Australia.

Olsson Industries is the only family-owned and operated company producing salt in Australia. In addition to salt products Olsson’s also manufacture nutritional supplements for livestock, such as cattle, sheep, goats, horses, etc.

One of my favorites is the delicious range of gourmet salt rubs they make, they make any meal special! There are six wonderful  salt rubs which are combined with selected herbs and spices to add extra flavour to an unending array of recipes.

Olsson Industries is selling increasing quantities of its sea salt to the food manufacturing industry – or directly to home cooks and professional chefs. They make Sea Salt Flakes, Macrobiotic Sea Salt and Truffle Sea Salt!

The Olsson family started this particular business in 1949 as a direct result of numerous requests from graziers for someone to produce supplements to meet the nutritional needs of their sheep and cattle during the severe drought that started in 1947 and continued until 1952.

Olsson’s 1st salt block was produced in 1949 in a shed just west of Parramatta. It was the first pressed salt block produced in Australia to contain a range of minerals and was the forerunner of all the multi-nutrient blocks produced in Australia from that time onwards.

While striving to remain viable in an extremely competitive industry, Olsson’s have not ignored their responsibility to the environment. Olsson’s block boxes are now made from 100% recycled, unbleached cardboard which livestock are able to eat and digest. Olsson’s will continue to develop better and greener products and methods of packaging.

The video is very interesting do have a look, have a think about the brand of salt you purchase next time and lets support our locals!

Remember our great natural products are available online.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog ~ Bev ~

Tourism Students Internship on Kangaroo Island

During April and May we had the pleasure of a tourism student from Quebec in Canada living and working with us.

We were honoured that out of all the tourism businesses in the world Alexandra chose Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island. Alexandra is a tourism student at Laflèche College internships in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada. As part of her internship she had to volunteer in another country for 6 weeks, this College has been doing this with their students since 1992. Apparently only 2 other students have ever chosen Australia as their destination of study!

Alex did a wonderful job. It was great to have a French interpreter, and she did very well with our English speaking visitors as well. We hope she learnt some new skills. She has certainly found out how we live and work in Aussie land, we all miss her very much, especially Watarru and Boo our baby Kangaroos. We hear that she has done very well with her exams back in Canada. Congratulations, it was very brave of her to travel so far and it was a pleasure to have her live and work with us.

For more pictures of Alex’s time at Emu Ridge see this link.

Alexandra was a confident young lady and enjoyed giving tours to our visitors in English and French.

No trip to Australia would be complete without a Kangaroo. Alexandra was lucky, we released two hand reared orphan Joeys who were still being bottle fed while she was with us. Watarru and Boo 🙂

Alex also helped out in many ways in Reception, Cleaning, Restocking the shop, making various giftpacks, bottling oil, Retail Sales, Waitressing and a tour guide. I think we all have a great job at Emu Ridge, we have such a huge variety of jobs to keep us busy!

We thank Kangaroo Island Odysseys for giving Alexandra a fantastic opportunity  to do a two day tour with them. We were very happy to pay the small fee for entries and food so that she could see the Island and how visitors enjoy the high end private tours of Kangaroo Island. This picture is from our stunning Remarkable Rocks!

No visit to Australia is complete until you have tried Vegemite, unfortunately Alex did not like it at all!!

For more pictures of Alex’s time at Emu Ridge see this link.

We thank Alexandra’s parents and teachers for trusting in us and we hope she has some amazing memories of her visit to Kangaroo Island. Alex has a bright future ahead in hospitality and tourism!

Our wonderful sustainable Eucalyptus oil and natural products are available online.


Eucalyptus oil a natural floor cleaner

The best floor cleaner around, a teaspoon of Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus oil and warm water. Great for any floors, no streaks, degreaser, keeps away insects, kills bacteria and smells so fresh and clean, Clean the natural way it’s better for the environment and yourself.

There are many great benefits when it comes to cleaning naturally. Not only does it save money, but you also know exactly what you are using. I think people these days are looking for natural cleaning products in their homes. Our environment is filled with toxins and one of the biggest offenders is commercial household cleaners, they can cause allergies, rashes and can be very expensive.  I personally became allergic to perfumes, preservatives and certain chemicals about 15 years ago, I get rashes from many things so have to be very careful. This is when we started producing our own personal care natural product range.

At Emu Ridge we like to clean naturally and keep as many toxins as possible out of our home and workplace. Cleaning your floor with our Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus oil and water is completely non toxic so you feel safe using it around your children, pets and yourselves! Its also safer for the septic, its a 100% pure essential oil, cruelty fee and produced in Australia!



WHAT WE DO: Fill the mop bucket with about 1/4 full of warm water. Add a teaspoon of Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus oil and mop away, its great for wooden, slate, tiles and lino!

I have been told that you an also add 1/4 of a cup of vinegar as well but we just use the above recipe!

Another tip, fill a separate plastic mop bucket with hot water. This bucket can be used for rinsing out the mop, so you aren’t mopping the floors with dirty water.

Use a mop made of natural fibres, we use cotton.

Believe it or not, every time I employ a new staff member they don’t know how to mop a floor properly so here is some advise. Stand up straight when you mop so you don’t get a bad back. Spin the mop if it gathers up to much so that you cover a larger surface, it saves time. Lastly we only dry mop, it stops streaking, our new staff just slosh the water on the floor and it takes forever to dry. Wring your mop out so that you cant get any more water out of it at all, then dry mop the floor, if its a wooden floor go with the grain, again no streaks. Happy Cleaning!



Our unique oil is the only one of it’s kind in the world. It is distilled from the leaf of the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia). Emu Ridge is the only commercial Eucalyptus Distillery remaining in South Australia.
Distillation of the oil began in the 1880’s and dozens of stills were established, making it one of the Island’s major industries. We founded Emu Ridge in 1991.


In and around the house:
A disinfectant for cleaning floors, toilets etc
A deodoriser, a spot & stain remover, e.g. soiled clothing, anything sticky, stickers, chewing gum, paint & ink marks.
Cleans bathroom tiles, brass, ovens, plastic & vinyl. For washing woollens & clothing.
The Body:
For cuts, burns and abrasions, the oil is a natural antiseptic, acne, relieves insect bites, is an insect repellent, soothes muscular aches & pains, a mouthwash, hand & skin cleaner, training oil, in the bath for a feeling of wellbeing, a decongestant for colds and flu by vaporisation, inhalation or embrocation, for sore throats, (adults a few drops with a teaspoon of honey).
In the workshop:
Cleans paint brushes, removes tar & stains & is a penetrating oil for any seized or rusted parts.
For cleaning pets, removing fleas and ticks.

To read more about the history and uses for eucalyptus oil, take a look at some of our informative Blogs

I hope you have enjoyed my post happy cleaning ~ Bev ~

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Cruise Ship Markets on Kangaroo Island for 2017/18

Kangaroo Island is lucky to get many cruise ships visit and it’s definitely kept us busy here at Emu Ridge! We held a stall at some of the markets selling our unique Eucalyptus Oil and other natural products. Here are the dates and information about upcoming cruise ship markets and Penneshaw markets


Here’s some more pictures of Emu Ridge at the markets:


Ella and Lucy with their stall at the Queen Mary II cruise ship market.


Some lovely customers looking at our Eucalyptus Oil and famous Honey and Eucalyptus Sweets.

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

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Volkswagon National Bug-In on Kangaroo Island

We had the pleasure of this bunch call into Emu Ridge on their 48th National Bug-in trip. They were staying 3 nights at the Kingscote
Caravan Park and 3 nights at the Western KI Caravan Park. They were a happy bunch, we hope they had a lovely holiday! There team trip consisted of 2 from WA, 6 QLD, 1 TASSI, 2 NSW and 3 SA. I wonder where they will be off to next year. We hope you have some great memories of Kangaroo Island! They will have an exciting 50 years coming up very soon. Remember VW lovers, our products are always available online. Eucalyptus oil is great for getting tar of your car or oil stains or sticky things off of your upholstery or carpet. Its a great air freshener in your car to! Not to forget keeping away those pesky insects on your travels 🙂 

Various Volkswagen Clubs in Australia to partake in a long weekend of camaraderie and friendly competition. The National Bug-In is hosted by a different state based VW Club over the Easter weekend every year, moving from State to State in an anti-clockwise direction.

The 1st Bug-In was the ‘1970 All-State Rally’ organised by the then Volkswagen Australasia Pty Ltd at the showgrounds in Albury, NSW, on the Australia Day Weekend, 1970 and involved the VW clubs of the day from the ACT, NSW, SA and Victoria, and as we understand from Club VW Sydney, the Albury Car Club, Formula Vee Association and the Pacific Auto Club. 1973 saw the first ‘all States’ Bug-In held in SA. In 2007 Tasmania joined this National event for the first, and possibly last, time.


The first event consisted of a race meeting at Hume Weir race circuit, a grass motorkhana on the banks of the Murray River, a car trial and a social trip to Falls Creek snowfields in northern Victoria. This has been the one and only Bug-In, (so far) which has featured snow. You can read the old VW club magazines at the State Libraries of NSW and SA. There is also an extensive history series on the Club Vee Dub Sydney website



The event is held primarily for the benefit of VW Club members and enthusiasts throughout Australia. The host VW Clubs stage each of the events on a voluntary basis. The events usually include a welcome get together, show and shine, MotorKhana and other motorsports events like Lapdash and Khanacross (although more recently motorsport has taken a back seat or dropped off due to cost and other constraints), presentation dinner, observations runs, convoys and farewell activities. Due to the popularity of show and shine events such as Day of the Volkswagen, Volksfest and the like, the Bug-In Car Show and Shine is open to all VW owners, not just members attending the Bug-In. In later years an extended tour that allows members to continue the celebration of the VW by touring in convoy on the much loved Australian pastime of the ‘road trip’.

The aim of this group is to gather information regarding the history of the National Bug-In, share experiences, photos and videos, promote upcoming and future National Bug-Ins and to bring all VW club members closer together as a group.

Phillumenist, treasure, collectors memorabilia at Emu Ridge

We are very lucky to have received a collection of match box labels and a very old eucalyptus oil bottle from a very generous man named David from Campbelltown SA. We are lucky that he visited our establishment whilst holidaying on Kangaroo Island.

It had been 35 years since his last visit! David sent us a note quoting –

“I felt your salesroom was the best and most interesting of all the places we visited on the island and a “must see” for visitors. Well done!” How lovely, its so nice to receive feedback! We do have a testimonials page where our visitors or online shoppers can leave reviews.

“We enjoyed a morning tea whilst there and I spotted your display of industry memorabilia.”

“I mentioned that I had a few items which you might like to add to your display so I was given your business card.”

“The two picture postcards are out of my own personal exhibit of old Kangaroo Island postcards”


  • An old bottle of KI Eucalyptus (with some contents) from Cygnet River on a trip I did in 1975
  • Five (5) matchboxes with reproduction advertisements from eucalyptus manufacturers


“Below is three old matchbox labels in my collection pertaining to eucalyptus oil.”“The “Our Jack” was an F.H. Faulding brand and dates from the 1880’s I believe. This was a sticker label attached to imported boxes of matches I believe.”

“Fauldings did it for a lot of their products back then – a cheap form of advertising.”

“The others were imported matches from Belgium & Sweden but I think the brands are Australian? ”

I have been a Phillumenist (collector of matchboxes and labels) for over fifty years and have a large collection, but only a few that advertise eucalyptus.

I hope you enjoy my collections and that they are useful to you. Kind Regards David.”

It’s beautiful when visitors give up their treasures that they have saved for years so that others can admire them in our memorabilia cabinet. Thanks so much for you amazing treasures and thanks to everyone else who has contributed over the years to our memorabilia.


Pink Moon, Full Moon and Feral Plant Species Kangaroo Island

The April 11 full moon is thought to be more special than the rest. The month’s full moon is called a “Pink Moon,” which signifies the blooming period of popular pink flowers called wild ground phlox. Despite the intriguing name, the moon won’t appear in blush shade, it will shine in its usual luminance and color. Sorry to dissapoint you!

The Pink moon is a common phenomenon in the U.S. East Coast and in Canada. During the full moon, it will also be at the opposite side of the Earth as the sun. Due to the difference in geographical orientation, the April pink full moon will be in full display on April 11.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the moon will rise on April 10 at 7:03 p.m., half an hour before sunset, according to  For your locations, residents can check when the full lunar phase will be visible by using the moonrise and moonset calculator.

The pink moon is also known by other names such as Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon and Fish moon — all linked to growth in crops. The names originated from their roots as old as the Native American civilization, according to a report.

In South Australia where we are from we have the Easter Lily, they are a beautiful shade of Pink! They really have spread everywhere, it is a feral species but is beautiful on our property this time of year. I think the first settlers planted these bulbs in there gardens and from there they have multiplied. I like to think that all the beautiful pink flowers flowering all over the world at this time could reflect a pink tinge to the Pink moon on the 11th of April!


Scientific Name: Amaryllis belladonna L.

Family: Amaryllidaceae (New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia)
Liliaceae (Victoria)

Common Names: amaryllis, belladonna, belladonna lily, Easter lily, Jersey lily, Marach lily, naked ladies, naked lady, pink belladonna lily

Origin: Native to south-western Africa (i.e. Cape Province in South Africa).

Naturalised Distribution: Naturalised in many parts of southern Australia (i.e. in the coastal districts of central New South Wales, in some parts of Victoria, in south-eastern and eastern South Australia and in south-western Western Australia). Possibly also naturalised in Tasmania.

Also naturalised overseas in some parts of southern USA (i.e. California and Texas).

Notes: Belladonna lily (Amaryllis belladonna) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, and as a minor environmental weed or “sleeper weed” in New South Wales and Tasmania.

This species is currently of most concern in Victoria and appears on numerous local environmental weed lists in this state (i.e. as a new and emerging environmental weed in Mitchell Shire, as an environmental weed in Manningham City, the Shire of Yarra Ranges, Colac Otway Shire, the Shire of Nillumbik and Cardinia Shire, and as a common invasive garden escapee in the Mount Alexander Shire). It has also been recorded in Phillip Island Nature Park and Morwell National Park.

In South Australia, belladonna lily (Amaryllis belladonna) is listed as an invasive plant in bushland in the Adelaide Hills Council district. It has also been recorded in several conservation areas in this state (i.e. in Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park, Belair National Park, Blackwood Forest Recreation Park, Scott Creek Conservation Park and Ferguson Conservation Park).

Kangaroo Island Feral Plant Species

I think the early settlers had no idea the damage that some of the lovely potted plants and bulbs that they bought to Australia would do to our natural environment over time! Unfortunately feral weeds are a very big problem. The more dangerous one to us on Kangaroo island are the creeping ones that smother the native plants, life Bridal Creeper and Bridal Veil, this link will take you to all the other feral weeds we have on Kangaroo Island if you are interested.

What Do Full Moons Symbolise?

Get ready to freshen up and purify your life – rebirth is just around the corner! Using the symbols of Spring, rebirth, freshness and purification, this Full Moon is time to dust out the corners of your life and make way for more breezy and loving winds of change.

The Easter or Pink Full Moon is still taking on the properties of regeneration, freshness and rebirth.

A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, and depending on where you are in the world, it may look different. I have written about Blood Moons and Monster Moons before. Full Moons can be a time of new beginnings; these can sometimes hurt but they are always changes for the better – in the long run.

What Effect Will the Pink Full Moon Have on Me?

I think you are in for a treat as there are many exciting things in the sky. Some astrologers have called this April Full Moon “Lady Luck” as she’s near Jupiter, so unexpected good fortune might come your way. There is something to always consider when you’re looking at a Full Moon – you shall reap what you sow.

This means that if you have been working hard and laying down good foundations, you will be successful.

I hope you enjoy the full moon 🙂

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German Eucalyptus Oil Interview on Kangaroo Island



German media team Britt and Freddy Dohmen travelled around Australia interviewing a range of people. We were lucky enough they stopped at Emu Ridge and interviewed Bev Turner about our Eucalyptus Oil. This is great for all German speaking people who are interested and want to know more about this wonderful Kangaroo Island/Aussie product. The full interview was translated and by Alexander Tauscher of Radioreise and was broadcast on around 30 German radio stations. Below is the interview – just a snippet from the whole hour interview.

Here is the link to the  story and full interview.


Also follow this link to more information on our Narrow Leaf Mallee Eucalyptus. On our blog you can also search for Eucalyptus Oil and find many blogs about uses and history.

A Brief History – Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Oil Industry South Australia



Eucalyptus Oil is an important and colourful part of Australia’s history. It was the first truly Australian product and Australia’s first distinctive Export.

The Eucalyptus Oil has been used by the Aboriginals for thousands of years. The first settlers soon realised its potential in documentation by John White in 1788. The first known commercial eucalyptus oil industry began in Tasmania in 1830 but was short lived.

In 1844 a South Australian Company, FH Faulding contracted a studying chemist in England Joseph Bosisto for 3 years to study 30 species of Eucalypt varieties that they sent to England. Fauldings later bought Joseph into Australia to continue their research, he arrived in Adelaide in 1848. After fulfilling his contract with Fauldings he moved to Victoria for the gold boom. After that date little was done in exploiting the oil until 1852 when Count Ferdinard Von Muller a botanist recommended it was made an industry and joined forces with Joseph Bosisto in Victoria.


The Eucalyptus Oil Distilling Industry on Kangaroo Island began in the 1880’s using  Eucalyptus cneorifolia the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee, and dozens of stills were established, making it one of Kangaroo Islands major industries.

By the 1900’s Eucalyptus Oil was being exported to the United Kingdom, Germany, U.S.A., Canada, South Africa, India, China, New Zealand and several countries in the Far East.

It reached its peak in the 1930’s when many farmers had a still to supplement their income whilst developing their farms. The traditional process of harvesting was very labour intensive, many back-breaking hours were spent by cutters using razor-sharp sickles to harvest the leaf before it was loaded onto the horse and dray, and later trucks, to transport the leaf to the stills.

Below is footage from FH Fauldings and the Eucalyptus Oil Industry on Kangaroo Island.  A documentary that we believe was filmed around 1927 about the Eucalyptus oil industry on Kangaroo Island. Thanks for the footage FH Faulding and Co


The major commercial outlet for the bulk oil produced on Kangaroo Island was F.H. Faulding & Co. Seeing the potential Fauldings purchased “Windy Ridge” in May, 1923, renaming it “Emu Ridge” after their Emu Brand Oil.

Fauldings established two plantations of Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) on “Emu Ridge” in 1938 for the purpose of systematically harvesting it on a rotational basis.

One plantation was a failure, unfortunately the seeds from a very poor yielding tree were used in establishing this entire plantation. The other plantation was a success and still remains today.

The Narrow Leaf responds well to pruning and can be reharvested every one two years.

The industry was short lived, and virtually ceased around the 1950’s, with the development of agricultural land and a rise in wool prices – the work being much easier.

Fauldings sold the farm in 1952 for the soldier settler scheme and for a time the history was lost. Australia now imports around 90% of its requirements from China and Brazil- we are hoping to turn this around… If only to a small extent.


All few relics remain on Kangaroo Island memories of the once thriving industry, this one is at Western Cove near Kingscote

In the beginning for the Turners

In April 1991 with the down turn in wool prices, starting with nothing but salvaged material and a lot of initiative the business has very humble beginnings. One of the pioneers in new cottage industries Larry and Bev started with an old caravan by the Eucalyptus distillery to a small craft shop in the old MacGillivray Post Office. Later was the expansion into the larger retail shop built from the recycled materials from the shearing shed, which is now a plant nursery.


Bev and Larry Turner with Don Burke for the opening of their shop in 1992.

More recently the cellar door, bar, café, gallery and decking. After being self sufficient for 20 years operating on steam, solar and wind power Larry and Bev succumbed to having mains power connected for their 20th birthday. The business now boasts 30kw’s of Sola continuing on with their self sufficient philosophy.


Larry with steam engine.

This 250 ha farm now employs 16 people in peak season.
Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first true export overseas, these days Emu Ridge is the only Eucalyptus Oil Distillery in South Australia with only a handful left in all of Australia, 90% of the worlds Eucalyptus oil comes from China and Brazil!  They use the Tasmanian Blue Gum used for the timber and paper industry and a bye product in Eucalyptus oil.

Bev and Larry are proud to have revived a historical industry that had once thrived on the Island and preserved a major part of KI and Australia’s heritage. Kangaroo Island eucalyptus oil  is known for its pungent aroma, and is distilled from the leaf of the indigenous Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee, Eucalyptus cneorifolia. This unique oil is the only one of its kind in the world. Emu Ridge provide a unique tourist destination on Kangaroo Island. Their vision is to work towards environmental sustainability, land management and re-vegetation. These ideals have created a truly rare and exceptional style of business and the positive response from our customers has further added to developing this philosophy.

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, Celebrating 20 years 1991 – 2011, a lot of hard work! If you have the time this is a photo collage that I put together for our 20th Birthday Celebrations. Its amazing, things have certainly grown. Its nice for people to know how we began! Some great memories. And thanks to all our staff and helpers that have helped make us what we are today.