Black Flats

Eucalyptus distillation vessels

Lift the lid on the ingenuity and hard work needed for distilling eucalyptus oil here in the Tidbinbilla valley. Demonstrations (below) are often part of the Heritage Festival each April at nearby Rock Valley Homestead. Aboriginal people knew the therapeutic qualities of eucalyptus for centuries. Eastern Europeans made a commercial success of it in the mid-20th century. Read their story at the site’s signage.

Eucalyptus oil distilling in progressEucalyptus distillation vesselBlack Flats sign