Emu Bay Lavenders humble story began in 2001 where a small lavender garden was first planted. 19 years later, the farm now runs over 51 acres of land and has an estimate of 7500 lavender plants including 12 different varieties of Lavandula Angustifolia & Lavandula Intermedia. The property is based in Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island which is one of South Australia's pristine centres of agriculture, conservation and tourism. The business is owned by a 5th generation island family who are continually striving to increase the farms efficiency + sustainability.
During summer the lavender flowers are in full bloom and we begin harvesting. Kangaroo Island's famous Ligurian bees are busy pollinating the flowers and begin producing our signature lavender honey. We hand harvest and strip around 8000 bunches per year, and distil 10 kilograms of Essential Oil which is used in all our handmade therapeutic products. This may not sound like much, but it takes about 100 kilograms of flowers to produce just one kilogram of oil.
Farm & Cafe
We are a working lavender farm now open all year around, and are always busy planting, pruning, propagating and making our in-house Lavender products. Our place is just minutes away from one of Kangaroo Island's finest beaches Emu Bay, with crystal clear shallows, rolling hills and even a pod of dolphins.
Emu Bay Lavender Farm also has a fully licensed cafe offering breakfast and lunch, while our menu uses seasonal and local produce, best washed down with local ciders, wines and spirits. Treat yourself with morning or afternoon tea with oversized lavender scones.
Summer: The lavender flowers are in full bloom and we harvest these throughout the summer by hand. Our bees pollinate the flowers and begin producing our signature lavender honey.
Autumn: This is the time of the year we prune our lavender bushes by a third to stimulate growth for the year ahead. This prevents the bush from growing thin and scraggly, which reduces the yield of flowers and oil that can be collected.
Winter: Each winter we weed the lavender field by hand and it's the time to take cuttings to create new plants. At this time of the year our guests enjoy sitting in our cosy cafe with a warm cuppa and freshly baked lavender scones from the oven.
Spring: During spring our plants start to produce new growth and lavender flower buds begin to develop.