The Eucalyptus Oil Distillery at Emu Ridge

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 06/08/2017

Reading time: 2 mins

Kangaroo Island is home to a wide range of wildlife and fascinating cultural heritage. At the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery and retail shop, you can get to grips with the island’s important history of eucalyptus growing. At the distillery, they produce 100% pure Australian Eucalyptus Oil.

Why Eucalyptus?

Eucalyptus is, essentially, Australia’s national aroma. Characterised by the earthy, refreshing scent it holds (and its association with the local koalas, of course). At the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, you can learn all about why eucalyptus is so important in the country and how it is distilled into numerous different products.

Eucalyptus holds a fascinating history in Australia. It was the country’s very first export and, at one point in time, formed the largest industry on Kangaroo Island. Today, the industry is struggling to compete with the cheaper, diluted versions of the product. Emu Ridge is the only remaining commercial eucalyptus distillery in South Australia. The distillery dedicates itself to creating only pure oil. They use narrow-leaf mallee, a type of eucalyptus tree that only grows on Kangaroo Island.

The History of Eucalyptus in Australia

The healing powers of eucalyptus were first recognised by the Aboriginal Australians. They used the plant to treat pain, illness, and infection. Even today, eucalyptus oil is still used for these purposes. Additionally, it’s used for its anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties as well as acting as a natural insect repellent.

What You Can Do at the Oil Distillery

There are plenty of things for you to do while at the distillery. In the shop, you can browse a selection of eucalyptus-based goods as well as Kangaroo Island souvenirs, rustic relics, and artefacts.

Larry, the man behind the shop and distillery, will be on hand to answer any questions you have. Plus he’ll give an insight into the importance of the eucalyptus industry on Kangaroo Island.

Next, move through to a screening room that boasts a beautiful vintage carriage. The film shows the history of the distillery and the eucalyptus industry on the island. It will you an insight into how the distillery operates. Afterwards, you can choose to take a tour of the distillery to learn even more about the production process. The practice has barely changed at all at Emu Ridge, so you can glean an insight into the traditional technique that has embraced the island for many years.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.