Cottage industries have long been an economic boon for Kangaroo Island. From honey to handicrafts, eucalyptus oil to art. This next one is just another success story to add.
It took me far too long to visit this place, so when I went home to my beloved Island, I made sure that a catch up with my sister, my nieces and my dad was had at Kangaroo Island Lavender Farm.
In the Wisanger area, on the road to Emu Bay, this little farm with its accompanying café is the perfect place to drop by when visiting the Island or, if you're a former local like me, to catch up with family and friends.
Numerous varieties of lavender are grown on the property which you can stroll amongst. The café whips up a good brew and a delicious batch of lavender scones amongst other yummy goodies. To enjoy such foods, there's the option of appreciating them out in the garden or indoors if the weather is inclement.
In the café, you can also purchase lavender-based products that are either appropriately themed or made by the owners of the café themselves. My favourite has to be the lavender and peppermint oil roll-on which does great wonders for relieving some of the pain caused by headaches or migraines when applied to the temples. Of course, there are the usual soaps, oils and lavender-added wheat packs. A gift for your partner, mum, sister, nanna, aunty or friend is easy to find.
The welcome from the staff is nothing but warm. Understandably, in the busy tourist season, this place can be jammed packed. However, there is plenty of parking.