Sun, 27 Jun | Crows Nest Tourist Park


Advance - Novice Beekeeping Workshop

Time & Location

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

About the Event


DATE : 27TH JUNE 2021

This workshop is intended for more experienced beekeepers. These beekeepers will have owned, handled or been involved in live beekeeping work for typically at least one (1) or preferably more full seasons. Following this workshop, amateur beekeepers will leave with increased knowledge levels, tricks and tips that will ensure you are a more proficient beekeeper. 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 Advanced –Novice workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe legal and bio-security obligations for      beekeeping in Queensland.
  • Discuss core reasons why bees swarm and how to      minimise swarming tendency. Describe techniques with hive manipulation to      minimise swarming.
  • Describe ideal placement positions for beehives in      both residential and rural situations.
  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Describe and identify common pests and diseases of      European honey bees, such as  SHB,      AFB/ EFB, Chalk brood and Cane Toads. Describe methods and procedures for      handling these pests and diseases, including Legal obligations.
  • Compare and contrast the FlowHive verses      conventional wooden or plastic honey hive equipment.
  • Learn tricks and tips to maximise honey production      while minimising hive stress.
  • Describe wintering techniques such as packing a      hive and stores requirements.
  • Describe Requeening a beehive- why, when and tips      on how to requeen successfully.
  • Describe how to extract honey using conventional      hot knife (steam and electric) decapping and centrifugal extractor.
  • Have answered questions participants have that are      not covered by the above topics. Ample time will be scheduled during      breaks and after the workshop for questions, advice and concerns about any      aspect of beekeeping.

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

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

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


  • Start time 8.00am Finish time 1.00pm
  • 20 min morning tea break - tea/coffee supplied,      light refreshments (scones, biscuits)
  • Lunch supplied after workshop. (Please advise any dietary requirements on the Application form)
  • Workshop location: Crows Nest Caravan Park Club      house. Check in at Reception.
  • Current Qld Government Covid Safe plan will be in      place.
  • Fully qualified Advanced First Responder (First      Aider) on site during workshop


  • For the practical “hands on session” of this      course, you MUST wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Minimum     is sturdy long trousers, long sleeved cotton shirt, bee gloves and veil,      and sturdy covered shoes. A full bee suit is preferred. Light coloured clothing      is best for working bees. If you have no minimum PPE that is deemed      satisfactory to the workshop presenters, then you cannot attend the      practical session of opening a bee hive.
  • Bring your own smoker (if already owned) 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      participants under the age of 18 years old.


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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 bees means he has a wealth of knowledge that amateur beekeepers in the past have never been able to tap in to.

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 amateur bee keeping experience ensures that course participants will gain  knowledge from an amateur perspective 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 latest 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: As an experienced beekeeper attending this Advanced- Novice workshop, you will know that handling bees in bad weather is not ideal. The “hands on” session of opening and handling a beehive may be a problem if weather at the time of the workshop is adverse e.g. raining, cold and/or windy. The Facilitators will do all possible to still open the demonstration hive(s), even to the extent of using a shade shelter if necessary. Please understand this is a stressful event to bees in adverse weather conditions. Therefore hive open time may have to be limited.

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