Events

If you want to learn more generally about bees, especially stingless bees and beekeeping, come along to half and full day workshops held in various venues in Qld and NSW. The workshops are a mix of photographic slideshows and practical sessions. You will learn how to divide hives and extract honey, and use the bees for pollinating your garden. Attendance price varies. Contact the organisers directly for details and to register. For images of workshops visit the Sugarbag Bees Facebook Page If you wish to know when the workshops details have been finalised and you are able to register, then like this page and receive posts. Please contact us if you would like us to give you a workshop, seminar, author talk, etc...

Seminars & Events

  • 27 Aug, 2017Kumbartcho Festival - Managing Native Bees, including demonstration of splitting a hive

    Kumbartcho Festival, Bunya Pine Ct, Eatons Hill QLD

    27 August at 11:00–15:00, 12 for Bee talk (30 minutes) and 1pm Hive split (30 minutes) 

    Free event, https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov...

  • 27 Aug, 2017Good Food Club: Native Bee Keeping 101, Brisbane

    Tastes Like Sunshine and the associated Good Food Club talk series presents: “Good Food Club: Native Bee Keeping 101” on Sunday 27th August from 3-4:30pm. $15

    http://www.museumofbrisbane.co...

    Enjoy a glorious spring Sunday afternoon in the Dome Lounge of the Brisbane City Hall with inspiring authors, celebrities, performers and foodies as they share their secrets with the Good Food Club. Weekly menus include Native Bee Keeping 101, Brisbane’s Food Dynasties, Coffee and Tea ceremonies from around the World, Brisbane’s Gardening Future, Mindful Eating and much more. Each Good Food Club is served with a side of beautiful acoustic music and afternoon tea featuring local, bespoke teas from the West End Tea company, hand-crafted old fashioned soda by the BNE Soda Co. and a sweet treat by some of Brisbane's best providores including Nodo Donuts, New Farm Confectionary, I Heart Brownies and more. For good food stories and great company, don’t miss the Tastes like Sunshine Good Food Club.

  • 14 Sep, 2017Secret Life of Native Bees at Ipswich Central Library

    Thursday, 14 September 2017

    10.00 am – 11.30 am
    Ipswich Central Library
    Barry Jones Auditorium

    FREE EVENT - BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
    (07) 3810 6815
    Library.Ipswich.qld.gov.au/events

  • 22 Sep, 2017A seminar on Australian Native Bees in Rockhampton, Qld

    Native Plants Capricornia branch meeting, Rockhampton.

    Frenchville State School Activity Centre from 7pm

Native bee workshops (including a mix of slideshows and practical sessions)

  • 5 Aug, 2017Native bee workshop at Nundah Library, Brisbane, Qld

    Six hour Workshop on Native bees and how to keep them

    When: Saturday, 5 Aug 2017, 9am - 3pm. 
    Where: Nundah Library, QLD
    Presenter: Dr Tim Heard 
    Bookings: 3407 8701

    Free workshop, bookings are essential, spaces limited. Please phone Library to reserve your space. 

  • 12 Aug, 2017Native bee workshops in TownsviIIe

    Native bee workshops hosted by TownsviIIe and District Beekeepers Association and presented by Sugarbag Bees

    Two workshops, one on Sat 12th Aug and the 2nd on Sun 13 August. 

    Details of location and coast to come soon.

    If you have a native beehive ready to split, or one that needs to be transferred into a new home, please let us know – The presenter, Dr Tobias Smith, will do this for you.

    To register your interest in a workshop, email info@beesnorth.com.au
    or visit http://www.beesnorth.com.au/

  • 18 Aug, 2017Native bee workshop at ​Ashgrove Library, Brisbane, Qld

    Six hour Workshop on Native bees and how to keep them

    When: Friday, 18 August 2017, 9am - 3pm.  
    Where: Ashgrove Library, QLD 
    Presenter: Dr Toby Smith
    Bookings: 3407 1940

    Free workshop, bookings are essential, spaces limited. Please phone Library to reserve your space. 

  • 26 Aug, 2017Keeping Australian Native Bees workshop in ​Gladstone, Qld

    To register, please contact Samantha Clarke <samantha.clarke1@uqconnect.edu.au>, 0409 242214

    Saturday 26 August 2017, full day workshop, and posibly a half day workshop on Sunday 27 August.

    Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith with local beekeepers

  • 3 Sep, 2017Australian native bee workshop, Hervey Bay, Qld

    Hervey Bay Community Centre, 22 Charles St, Pialba

    9:30 am to 4 pm. $70 pp, To book contact Tony 0499 027115 or Sharon 0499 073116. Morning tea and lunch are supplied. Come along for a great interactive and informative day.

  • 23 Sep, 2017Keeping native stingless bees in Rockhampton

    Keeping native stingless bees in Rockhampton

    Saturday, 23 Sep 2017 from 9am – 4pm

    CQ University North campus 

    Presenter: Dr Tim Heard with local beekeepers

    $40 or $25 concessions

    Includes honey tasting, tea and coffee. BYO lunch.

    RSVP to dan_coughlan@internode.on.net

  • 30 Sep, 2017Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane, Qld

    Native Stingless Bees Sustainable Living Workshops at Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria Street, Windsor, Brisbane, Queensland 4030

    Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop

    9am – 4pm, Saturday 30th September 2017

    Cost: $85/$65 Health Care Card Holder  + Booking Fee. 

    For Bookings https://www.eventbrite.com.au/...


  • 7 Oct, 2017Yuraba, Eatons Hill, Brisbane

    Native Stingless Bees Workshops at Yuraba Conference Centre, 240 Church Road, Eatons Hill, QLD

    Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop

    9:30am – 3:30pm, Saturday, 7th Oct 2017

    Cost: $40 per person (morning tea and lunch included).

    For bookings email info@kumbartcho.org.au or call (07) 3325 3492

    More info: https://www.kumbartcho.org.au/events

  • 18 Oct, 2017Singleton Library Native Bee Workshop, NSW

    Singleton Library Native Bee Workshop

    Wednesday, 18 October 2017

    Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons.

    You can do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees. Tim Heard is the author of "The Australian Native Bee Book" and has presented beekeeping workshops throughout Australia. He will lead a workshop that will be a mix of photographic slideshow and practical sessions. You will learn how to divide hives and extract honey, and use the bees for pollinating your garden.

    18 October 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Singleton Library, 8 - 10 Queen Street, Singleton, NSW, 2330

    Contact: 02 6578 7500 or Email: library@singleton.nsw.gov.au

    Cost: FREE. Numbers strictly limited. Bookings essential.

  • 19 Oct, 2017Sydney Wildflower Nursery Native Bee Workshop

    Sydney Wildflower Nursery Native Bee Workshop

    19 October 2017 at 13:00–16:00

    Sydney Wildflower Nursery

    9 Veno Street, Heathcote, New South Wales

    Toby Smith and Tim Heard, author of 'The Native Australian Bee Book' join us for a three hour workshop on everything native bees. Learn about their lifecycle, how to care for a hive and watch while a hive is split and try the delicious honey.

    Book at: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=238413

  • 20 Oct, 2017Native bee workshop at Sydney City council, NSW

    Afternoon event. More details coming soon. 

  • 21 Oct, 2017​ Native Bee Keeping at Willoughby council, Sydney

    Native Bee Keeping at Willoughby council, Sydney

    Start Date & Time: Saturday, 21 October 2017 9:00 am – 1 pm

    Address: Address provided on booking, Chatswood

    Cost: $20, includes morning tea

    Description: Join Tim Heard, entomologist and native bee keeper for over 30 years, and discover the world of Australian native bees and in particular how to keep the Australian native stingless bees Tetragonula carbonaria or Sugarbag bees in your backyard. The workshop is a mix of photographic slideshows and practical sessions including demonstrations on how to divided a hive and extract honey.

    Tim Heard’s book, The Australian Native Bee Book, will be available for sale at the workshop.

    Contact: Liz Powell on 0297777871 or email liz.powell@willoughby.nsw.gov.au

    Bookings: https://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/EventDetails.aspx?PageID=1892&eventid=4570

  • 22 Oct, 2017Native bee workshop at Sydney City council, NSW

    All day event. More details coming soon. 

  • 22 Oct, 2017Sugar Bag Bees at Mount Annan, NSW

    Sugar Bag Bees

    WHERE: Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, 1 Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan, NSW 2567, Australia

    WHEN: Sunday, 22 October, 2017 at 10am - 1pm

    COST: $50

    This 3 hour course includes the following topics: - bee nesting biology - bee foraging biology - importance of bees in natural systems - traditional stingless beekeeping around the world - modern stingless beekeeping in Australia - using stingless bees for pollination of gardens, etc

    Book at: http://www.ticketebo.com.au/beekeeping-native-honey/sugar-bag-bees-dr-tim-heard.html

  • 25 Oct, 2017Native stingless bees at Tocal College, NSW

    Native stingless bees at Tocal College

    Interested in native stingless bees? This comprehensive course covers the biology of bees from nesting to foraging and the importance of bees in natural systems. It introduces beekeeping skills for managing and propagating native bees, and the use of stingless bees for pollination and production of sugar bag honey.

    Tocal College, 815 Tocal Rd, Paterson NSW 2421 

    Cost: $190

    25 Oct 2017, 10.00am - 4.00pm

    Register at:

    http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/content/agriculture/profarm/courses/native-stingless-bees