EMU RIDGE EUCALYPTUS
They say invention comes from adversity and Larry and Bev Turner started what would become a revival of a long-forgotten industry on Kangaroo Island in 1991. Economic downturn was impacting Kangaroo Island and the discovery the farm had two plantations of the indigenous Narrow Leaf Mallee, Eucalyptus cneorifolia, established in 1938 by the F.H Faulding & Co was a saviour.
Reviving a long-forgotten industry, they turned their hand to Eucalyptus Oil distilling and is the only South Australia distiller remaining. Not only did their fortunes change for the better, they have preserved a major part of Kangaroo Island and Australia’s heritage.
Almost 30 years later their hard work you’re welcome to drop by to visit the farm gate to check out the distillery, retail shop for eucalyptus range & extensive range of locally produced souvenirs and have a cuppa or light lunch.
Did you know Eucalyptus Oil distilling was once one of Kangaroo Islands major industries? It began in the 1880’s and was a supplementary income for the farmers clearing their land for sheep farming. In the 1930’s it reached its peak with 48 stills employing over 600 people and over the eucalyptus distilling era there were around 100 stills on the island.