A simple web search about soap-making ended with New Zealand’s Debbie Macfarlane buying the Yuulong Lavender Estate in Mt Egerton.
Along with her brother Tony Jury and his wife Sharyn, the trio left everything they had in New Zealand to revamp the lavender estate.
“We sold everything,” Ms Jury said.
“We were ready to make a change into the lavender industry.”
The trio assumed ownership of the 10-acre property on May 31 and have already made big changes.
“We’ve removed the admission fee to the estate,” Mr Jury said.
The interior has also been revamped and fitted with a new cafe.
Instant coffee has been swapped for an espresso machine, and lavender-inspired snacks are on the cafe menu.
Mr Jury hosts 30-minute tours of the Lavender Estate, while Sharyn and her two sons lend a hand in the garden.
And, to Ms Macfarlane’s joy, the estate makes and sells lavender soaps.
“I had a 14-year-old daughter who was keen to get into soap making,” she said.
“And she’s still doing it today.”