Emu Bay Lavender

Kangaroo Island

Lavender is yet another species that thrives in KI's Mediterranean climate. Follow the purple haze to this cute little roadside farm, where you can sniff out some gifts (oils, soaps, fumigating lavender bags) or grab a coffee and a snack (cakes, quiches, tarts – items $5 to $10).

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