Q: How did the railway come about?
In the mid-80s, I travelled around the world and during my stay in Aussie I saw the sugar cane trains working the fields near Cairns in Queensland. That memory was to re-emerge when designing the layout of our distillery, where we need to bring the harvested lavender in from the fields and to transport the wood that fires the still.
Q: Tell us about some of the products you make.
Lavender oil has many properties
– for a start, it is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. We use the oil to create a variety of wonderful products: the soothing muscle rub, relaxing massage oil and foot balm are great for aches and pains, while our reviving cooling gel is good for skin irritations and sunburn. The luxury bath and shower cream, and shampoo and conditioner are all a must in the bathroom.
Q: Any favourites?
The 100% pure lavender essential oil, our ‘liquid gold’, is our pride and joy. It is the culmination of several years of hard work here at the lavender farm and is one of the most versatile
of all the essential oils. It has many diverse benefits, and can be used to alleviate stress, burns and insomnia.
Q: When is the best time to see the lavender in bloom?
The lavender starts to flower around mid-June and is at its best through July and August. We start to cut it in August so there is progressively less as the month goes on.
Q: And finally, what lies ahead?
We are constantly evolving and coming up with new ideas – for example, our newly grown two-acre willow maze with giant games has been well received by young and old alike. We have a lot more planned for that area of the farm, all centred around good old-fashioned family fun.