See the Sights on the Kangaroo Island South Coast

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Travel to Kangaroo Island

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    Eucalyptus Oil

    Eucalyptus Oil distilling was once one of Kangaroo Island's major industries. Distilled from the leaf of the indigenous Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee, Eucalyptus cneorifolia. 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. Over the eucalyptus distilling era there were around 100 stills on the island. In 1938 two plantations were established at Emu Ridge for the purpose of systematically harvesting on a rotational basis. The narrow-leaf mallee responds well to pruning.

    Ligurian Bees

    Kangaroo Island is the world's oldest bee sanctuary and is home to the purest strain of Ligurian Bee in the world. A pure strain of any species is rare these days, especially in the bee world in which continental population shifts have meant the crossing of species for centuries. The Italian honeybee is thought to originate from the continental part of Italy, south of the Alps, and north of Sicily. The subspecies may have survived the last Ice Age in Italy. Kangaroo Island bee colonies have never been exposed to other common diseases and bacteria that attack hies, as it is too far for bees to fly from the mainland.

    Australian Sea Lions

    Australian Sea Lions (Neophoca cinerea) are part of a group known as 'eared' seals. They use their front flippers to prop themselves up and their back flippers to help them to 'walk' on land. In the water their back flippers act as a rudder. These seals are one of the rarest species in the world and their entire population is estimated to be less than 12,000. They spend up to 3 days in the water fishing and 3 days back on the shore to rest and feed their pups.