Sat, 26 Jun | Crows Nest Tourist Park


Novice Beekeeping Workshop

Time & Location

26 Jun, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm AEST
Crows Nest Tourist Park, 7558 New England Hwy, Crows Nest

About the Event


Details and Content

DATE : 26TH JUNE 2021

This workshop is intended for new or relatively inexperienced beekeepers. After the workshop, amateur beekeepers will leave with new found knowledge and confidence in handling bee hives. The workshop is structured to have a high “hands on” content, as beekeeping is a practical enterprise. Participants will learn rapidly by Group topic discussion and bee equipment handling. The Facilitators are freely available at breaks and after the workshop to advise and assist you to gain the most from the workshop.

(Note: This workshop is for European honey bees, NOT stingless Australian native bees).

At the completion of the Introduction-Novice workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe legal and bio-security obligations for      beekeeping in Queensland.
  • Discuss beehive placement in rural and city/town      locations.
  • Describe and identify the basic hardware of a      beehive of typical construction materials, and the function and purpose of      the equipment within the colony.
  • Describe and identify the purpose, function and use      of typical beekeeping tools and equipment e.g. bee smoker, hive tools, foundation      wax embedder,
  • Describe how to select fuels for and light a bee smoker.
  • Assemble and wire a full depth timber frame, and      embed wax foundation using a 12 volt DC electric embedder.
  • Compare and contrast the FlowHive verses      conventional wooden or plastic honey hive equipment.
  • Learn how to confidently open a beehive to      minimise bee aggression. Learn how to remove frames from a honey super and      brood chamber, to minimise bee and beekeeper stress. Inspect brood frames      for normal /abnormal signs.
  • Ask questions you always wanted answers to. Ample      time will be scheduled during breaks and after the workshop at lunch for      questions or concerns about any aspect of beekeeping.

PARTICIPANT NUMBERS: Limited to a maximum of twenty (20) participants per workshop.

WORKSHOP COST: $200 per person ($175 per person if attending as a couple)

  • Accommodation is available at Crows Nest Caravan      Park. The Park offers a 10% discount to those booking cabins or van sites      for this workshop. (Remember the 8.00am start time!!) Mention beekeeping      workshop(s) when making your bookings.  Ph 07-4698 1269


  • Start time 8.00am sharp
  • Finish time 1.00pm
  • 20 min morning tea break - tea/coffee supplied,      light refreshments (scones, biscuits)
  • Lunch will be supplied after the workshop. (Please      advise any dietary requirements on the Application Form)

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  • Workshop location: Crows Nest Caravan Park Club      house. Check in at Reception.
  • Current Qld Government Covid Safe plans will be in      place.
  • Full qualified Advanced First Responder (First      Aider) at the workshop.


For the practical “hands on” session of this workshop, you MUST wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Minimum is sturdy long trousers, long sleeved cotton shirt, bee gloves and veil, and sturdy covered shoes. Light coloured clothing is best for working bees.

NOTE: Person(s) not willing to wear the minimum PPE that is deemed satisfactory to the workshop presenters cannot attend the practical session of opening a bee hive.

  • Bring your own smoker (if already owned) to use in      smoker lighting practical session. Some smokers provided otherwise.
  • Application form and Indemnity form must be fully      completed and signed. Participants MUST answer questions about bee      sting allergic reactions, to allow workshop facilitators to manage risk. Event      Insurance cover will not permit persons under 18 years old to attend this      workshop.


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John Covey

John is a full time professional beekeeper operating Covey Bees. John specialises in Caucasian queen bee breeding and queen supply to commercial beekeepers. John’s lifelong passion for and experience with European honey bees ensures this workshop will be invaluable to those starting out with bees.

John is a long term Queensland Beekeepers Association Inc. (QBA Inc.) member, respected for his ability to advise and assist his peers and amateurs alike. This beekeeping workshop is absolutely unique in providing a depth of knowledge and experience from a beekeeper that is without parallel.

Steve Bliss

Steve runs a small number of hives supplying liquid/comb honey and bees wax value added products to selected outlets in the High Country Hamlets and South Burnett regions. More than 40 years of bee keeping experience ensures that course participants will gain much amateur type knowledge in a short time period. Steve is a member of the QBA Inc., and currently President of Barambah Beekeepers Association Inc., an amateur not for profit South Burnett beekeeping club, advising and assisting the public and member beekeepers. Steve attends QBA annual conferences and regional meetings, to keep up to date with trends in beekeeping. Steve works at times with John Covey during the queen rearing season, when Covey Bees sends out Caucasian queens to Australian East Coast and Tasmanian beekeepers.

NOTE: Handling bees in bad weather is not ideal. The “hands on” session of opening and handling the beehive may be a problem if weather at the time of the workshop is adverse e.g. raining, cold or windy. The Facilitators will do all possible to still open the demonstration hive(s), even to the extent of using a shade cover in rainy weather. Please understand this is a stressful event to bees in adverse weather conditions. Therefore hive open time and hive handling may have to be limited.

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