As a thank you to our valued customers for supporting our family owned Business, we would like to offer 15% Discount on any of our Emu Ridge products. So stock up on this great offer it ends on the 6th September 2019.

Just pop aus15 in the Coupon Code at checkout to receive your discount! *Excluding Specials. Shop link.

Thanks again and we look forward to your continued support.

Larry, Bev and team

First time offer. The Kangaroo Island Merino Wool clothing and accessories is available in our retail shop but not normally on our online shop. With Winter coming to an end for us we thought it would be great to see if any of our overseas online customers would be interested. Then we thought lets discount everything! The KI Merino and possum blend together makes them lightweight but so warm.

A quality investment that will last for years, Seamless, No itch, No pilling and yes machine washable!


Our Eucalyptus season has begun and Larry’s newly engineered still is proving to be an impressive time saver!  The process has changed a little bit but the overall concept remains the same which is Steam Distillation. Check out this quick video to give you an idea!


The process is now as follows below:

  • Larry collects the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee leaf using his mechanical harvester, which cuts the trees at the front and the leaf goes up the shoot then into a pot on the back which now holds 1 ton of leaf. You can view the harvesting process here.
  • The pot of leaf has a mesh lid put on top and then this pot is turned over and put on top of another pot, the original still which is filled with water.


  • Underneath the water pot a fire is lit and this begins to boil the water which then turns into steam.
  • The steam rises into the next pot which has the leaves. The steam goes through the leaves and ruptures the oil cell which then turn into vapour.
  • Both steam and vapour rise up and out through a pipe into the new condenser. The steam and vapour go through small pipes and cold water circulates the pipes. Cooling and condensing the steam and vapour into water and oil.

Larry with his new condenser he built, this is what it looks like inside, lot of welds in there!

The finished condenser in its correct place.

  • The water and oil run down into a tank where there is a simple separator. The oil is lighter than water so this sits on top and flows off through a copper pipe and then out into a drum.
  • And that is how the oil made.

Now with Larry’s new still he only has to do one distillation as the oil comes out clean and refined the first time. This makes it much easier and quicker for Larry to produce the oil. One process can take 2-3 hours and we get about 15-20 litres of Eucalyptus oil from 1 ton of leaf.

Emu Ridge manufacturing Eucalyptus oil on Kangaroo Island since 1991

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.

New Team Member – Tristan

Welcome to the team Tristan!

We would like to introduce you to our son Tristan, after 12 years of building on KI and in Darwin, we are proud and excited to have him back working with us in our family business at Emu Ridge . He will be doing a whole range of things including maintenance, tours, cider tasting, lunches/functions, serving customers, making Eucalyptus Oil and everything else!

Move over, fish oil! There’s a new omega-3 in town! Emu Oil

Move over, fish oil! There’s a new omega-3 in town its called Emu Oil!

Emu Oil Benefits Skin & Treats Skin Conditions Naturally

We’ve heard about the powerful therapeutic properties of fish oil before, but did you know that oils derived from birds can also be beneficial? Emu oil is made up of essential fatty acids, like omega-3s, and it naturally reduces inflammation and treats skin conditions, among many other incredible benefits.

In fact, a 2012 study conducted in Australia found that emu oil, when administered orally and topically, possesses significant anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers indicated that it’s able to treat inflammatory disorders affecting the gastrointestinal system. Further research suggests that emu oil is a powerful tool that can be used to treat many conditions that result from inflammation. (1)

What Is Emu Oil?

Emu oil is taken from the fat of the emu, a flightless bird native to Australia that resembles an ostrich, and predominantly comprises fatty acids. Thousands of years ago, the Aboriginals of Australia, known to be one of the oldest groups of people on Earth, were the first to use emu fat and oil to treat skin infections. Since then, emu oil has become so popular that doctors recommend it for the treatment of burns and other skin conditions. When used topically and orally, emu oil is known to possess anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat a number of health issues, including muscle pain, migraines and skin conditions.

7 Emu Oil Benefits

1. Lowers Cholesterol

Emu oil contains healthy fatty acids that may have cholesterol-lowing effects on the body. Although the research on emu oil specifically is limited, there is clear evidence that essential fatty acids, like those that come from fish oil, have cholesterol-lowing effects.

A study conducted by the Nutrition and Metabolism Research Group in Canada found that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduced plasma triglyceride levels after a three-month period without affecting LDL or HDL cholesterol levels. The linoleic acid found in emu oil is known to help with fat loss, which can also have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. (2)

2. Reduces Inflammation and Pain

Emu oil acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, helping relieve muscle and joint pain and improve the recovery of wounds or damaged skin. A study published in Inflammopharmacology found that when used topically, emu oil’s anti-inflammatory properties were just as effective as oral administration of ibuprofen. Because it has the ability to decrease swelling and minimize aching, it can be used to relieve the symptoms of carpal tunnel, arthritis, headaches, migraines and shin splints. (3)

3. Fights Infections and Boosts Immune System

The essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins within emu oil help prevent or treat infections when it’s applied topically. It also has bacteriostatic properties, giving it the ability to stop bacteria from reproducing. Research shows that the linolenic acid found in emu oil has the power to treat antibiotic-resistant infections, such as H. pylori, an infection that’s responsible for various gastric diseases, including gastritis, peptic ulcers and gastric malignancy. (4)

Because emu oil reduces irritation and inflammation, it can also be used to relieve cough and flu symptoms naturally. It also contains vitamin A and essential fatty acids, which are responsible for several immune system functions.

4. Benefits the Gastrointestinal System

The 2012 study conducted in Australia mentioned previously tested the therapeutic activity of emu oil on the gastrointestinal tracts of mice. Researchers found that it demonstrated partial protection against chemotherapy-induced mucositis, the painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract.

Mucositis usually occurs as an adverse effect of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment for cancer. Based on these findings, researchers concluded that emu oil is able to improve intestinal repair, and it can form the basis of an adjunct to conventional treatment approaches for inflammatory disorders affecting the gastrointestinal system.

5. Improves Skin

Emu oil absorbs into the skin easily because it contains fat lipids that are similar to those found in the tip layer of the skin. The oil is also able to break through the barrier of the skin and penetrate deep within the surface, allowing it to act as a powerful moisturizer. It can be used to smooth rough elbows, knees and heels; soften the hands; and reduce itching and flakiness from dry skin.

Because of emu oil’s anti-inflammatory properties, it has the power to reduce swelling and a number of skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. It also stimulates skin cell regeneration and circulation, so it can help those suffering from thinning skin or bed sores, plus it helps to reduce the appearance of scars, burns, stretch marks, wrinkles and sun damage.

Researchers in China investigated the effects of topical application of emu oil on wound healing in scalded rats. They found that it has anti-inflammatory activity, possibly in association with decreased levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines in the tissues, and it can promote wound healing by inhibiting local inflammation. After applying emu oil, the swelling and effusion of the burn were alleviated, and there was no evidence of wound infection or adverse effects. (5)

6. Relieves Pain from Breast-Feeding

Topical application of emu oil can relieve painful, dry and cracked nipples that are experienced by mothers when they begin breast-feeding. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that applying emu oil to the areola is effective in soothing damage caused by breast-feeding. In the study, 70 at-term breast-feeding mothers used emu oil-based cream on the areola, and the treatment was effective in improving hydration of the area while it did not affect skin pH, temperature or elasticity. (6)

7. Promotes Healthy Hair and Nails

The antioxidants present in emu oil promote healthy hair and nails. The vitamin E helps reverse environmental damage to hair and promote circulation to the scalp. Emu oil can be used for the hair to add moisture and promote hair growth.

Experimental animal studies were performed to evaluate hair growthpotential of emu oil, and researchers found that emu oil treatment exhibited a significant potency in promoting hair growth in comparison with a marketed 5 percent minioxidil solution. It’s also beneficial for the nails by moisturizing the cuticles and reducing inflammation that may be caused by a condition like toenail fungus. (7)


Emu oil benefits - Dr. Axe


Emu Oil Composition

Emu oil comes from the emu, or dromaius novaehollandiae, the second-largest living bird by height, after the ostrich. Much like the ostrich, emus have long necks and legs, and they can reach up to 6.2 feet in height. Emu oil is derived from the adipose tissue of the bird. Depending on the method of extraction and the diet of the emu, the oil can be anywhere from an off-white, creamy texture to a thin, yellow liquid.

The therapeutic qualities of emu oil come from its unsaturated fatty acids, making up about 70 percent of its composition. Studies suggest that the combination of omega-9, 6 and 3 fatty acids bring about emu oil’s anti-inflammatory and other beneficial actions. It also contains variable levels of several compounds with antioxidant properties. (8) Its benefits lie in the high levels of essential fatty acids and vitamins, including:

  • Oleic Acid — Oleic acid is a monounsaturated, omega-9 fatty acid. It’s a common fat in the human diet that’s been associated with decreased LDL cholesterol and possibly increased HDL cholesterol. In emu oil, the oleic acid helps transport the bioactive compounds into the skin, allowing the oil to absorb quickly when it’s applied topically.
  • Linoleic Acid — Linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated, omega-6 fatty acid. Linoleic acid helps boost skin health by reducing the appearance of sun spots or aging when it’s applied topically. Studies have shown that linoleic acid helps lighten ultraviolet-induced hyperpigmentation of the skin by inhibiting melanin production. (9)
  • Linolenic Acid — Linolenic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation, and it’s commonly used to help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease and arthritis. When consumed, omega-3 fatty acids boost brain health and aid growth and development.

Emu oil is also made up of eicosanoids, which are signaling molecules that exert complex control over many bodily systems. Eicosanoids act as messengers in the central nervous system, and they control growth during and after physical activity, along with inflammation as a result of exposure to toxins or pathogens. Eicosanoids are formed primarily from omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in the tissue of mammals, like the emu.

The oil contains vitamins E and A, both contributing to its ability to heal the skin and reduce inflammation. Vitamin E serves as a natural anti-aging agent; it strengthens the capillary walls in the skin and helps improve moisture and elasticity. Vitamin E also helps balance cholesterol and fight free radical damage. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin and reducing inflammation. Vitamin A also boosts the immune system, helping fight conditions like the common cold, cough or flu.

Emu Oil and Animals

Some veterinarians use emu oil on animals to soothe their irritated skin, help with wound healing and reduce pain. It can be applied topically to the paws of an animal, for example, to reduce joint pain and protect the area from infection. It can even be used to ease the pain of arthritis and flea bites naturally.

A study published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research evaluated the effects of emu oil on auricular (ear) inflammation in mice. Compared with the controls, the magnitude of swelling was significantly reduced after only six hours of treatment with the oil. This study suggests that emu oil is a safe, inexpensive and natural way to treat inflammatory conditions in animals. (10)

How to Find and Use Emu Oil

Our Emu Ridge Emu Oil can be purchased online or at a health food store. When shopping for it, make sure to purchase it from a reputable company because it’s sometimes mixed with other less expensive oils. Look for a bottle that guarantees that it’s 100 percent pure-grade oil. Because of emu oil’s popularity, some companies have begun to breed emus in inhumane conditions in order to turn over a quick profit. Look for emu oil that’s derived from emus that were raised exclusively on Australian soils and were not fed GMO feed, antibiotics, growth hormones, vaccinations or pesticides.

Use pure emu oil topically by rubbing it directly on the area of concern. This helps reduce inflammation and pain, plus it soothes irritated or dry skin. It can also be used as a massage oil, which can be especially helpful for people with arthritis or itching, flaky skin.


Emu oil can also be used internally to reduce cholesterol levels or as a means of dietary fatty acids. It can be found in gel capsules, but be sure to purchase internal supplements from a reputable company that guarantees that the oil is pure-grade.

Possible Side Effects of Emu Oil

Emu oil is known to be hypoallergenic because its biological makeup is very similar to that of human skin. It’s so popular because it does not clog the pores or irritate the skin. If you have sensitive skin, apply only a small amount of it first to be sure that your skin won’t have an allergic reaction. Emu oil is known to be safe for internal use as well, as it contains beneficial essential fatty acids and vitamins. Studies show that adverse effects are uncommon.

Final Thoughts on Emu Oil

  • Emu oil is made up of 70 percent essential fatty acids, a combination of omega-9, 6 and 3s. These properties give it its ability to reduce inflammation, relieve muscle and joint pain, moisturize the skin, and treat skin conditions. It also contains antioxidants and vitamins, such as vitamins E and A.
  • Because the biological compounds of emu oil are similar to those of human skin, it breaks through the barriers of the skin and penetrates deep within the surface. This is why it can treat skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, plus it can relieve dry, flaky and itchy skin. Research also shows that it can thicken hair and treat dry, itchy scalp.
  • Emu oil can be used topically and internally. When purchasing it, look for 100 percent pure-grade oil, especially if you’re using it internally.

Please see this link for more info on our Emu Oil

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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

#essentialoils #naturalproducts

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.

Kangaroo Island ART FEASTival & Emu Ridge

Emu Ridge is participating in the Kangaroo Island 2016 ART FEASTival with 4 exciting events. We hope you are able to visit and enjoy!

ART FEASTival takes place in September and October this year, the first two months of spring. It fills galleries, cafés and other venues across the island with a feast for the senses: a perfect blend of art, music, food, beverages and more. Emerging and established artists put forward offerings, with community art sitting alongside works by artists of international renown.

ART FEASTival is launched at a community event on the very first day of spring, Thursday 1 September, at the iconic Willowbrook woolshed of KI Tru Thai, and winds up on Saturday 29 October with a relaxed evening of local art, music, food, wine and ciders: a fun finale for families and friends alike at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus.


1 September – 28 October.

Opening every day from 9.00am to 2.00pm, extended hours over peak times open or by appointment.

Emu Ridge is a centric destination where you can learn the art of producing a traditional Aussie bush product Eucalyptus oil. We have a great range of local produce, art, pottery and jewellery from a variety of local island artists on display that are guaranteed to delight all of your senses. Our featured artist, Teresa Turner, has a diverse range of art in all mediums including a range of unique crocheted items. We also house the Cellar Door for the award winning Sweet, Dry or Draught Kangaroo Island Ciders. Local wines, light meals, cheese platters and delicious home-made desserts are available in our dining areas.


Photo courtesy Bea Chuan from Simply Bea



17 Sept – 16 Oct, 9am – 2pm

Children’s Creative Art Corner at Emu Ridge offers, puzzles and a colouring-in competition, with great prizes to be won. Children also have the opportunity to make their own colourful bath salts fragranced with Emu Ridge’s famous Eucalyptus and Lemon Myrtle oils at a small cost. A great memory of your Kangaroo Island visit.

Cost: Bath Salts small $3 large $4.50



Saturday 8 Oct, 11am – 2pm

Emu Ridge invites you to an additional children’s special family event on Saturday 8 October.  Tiffany Banton from Bop till you Drop will be entertaining the children from 11am to 2pm with singing, dancing and musical games with her Disco Karaoke, suitable for children 5 -12 years olds. But all ages welcome!  As well as our regular menu, Emu Ridge will be offering Elbrac Farms delicious range of sausages with a sausage sizzle and steak sandwiches during this event.BOPTILLYOUDROP (405)


Emu Ridge Eucalytpus are excited to be hosting the  finale to ART FEASTival 2016. For an evening of family fun, food and music. We’ll be entertained by the irrepressible Scott and Tim, there’ll be the latest vintage of Colony Cove ciders to sample, along with island wines and a special menu from Larry and Bev. Menu and bookings will be available soon. So come along 29 Oct at 5pm or soon thereafter, and join the celebrations!


Emu Ridge is on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, we are proud to Manufacture and Retail many wonderful Australian produced natural products.
691 Willsons Rd
Macgillivray, SA 5223
 (08) 8553 8228
For full story and more information click on this link KANGAROO ISLAND ART FEASTIVAL 2016