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

  • 7 Nov, 2019Seminar: Australia’s native stingless bees, Shellharbour, NSW + -

    Seminar: Australia’s native stingless bees

    Seminar: Australia’s native stingless bees

    Date: Thursday 7 November 2019

    Time: 6pm – 7:30pm

    Venue: Shellharbour Civic Centre

    Cost: free

    Hear entomologist and author of the Australian Native Bee Book Dr Tim Heard talk about Australia’s native stingless bees, including those which can be kept in hives in the Illawarra. Find out about the fascinating lives of these social bees, their role in the environment, the small amounts of unique honey they produce and why they are so popular and appreciated by people. Copies of the Australian Native Bee Book will be available for purchase for $35. Children aged over 8 years are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Bookings are essential for this free event online, or by calling Shellharbour City Library on 4221 6222.

  • 8 Nov, 2019Sydney Native Bee Community .:. 1st Gathering + -

    Tim will be part of a panel at this exciting meeting

    .:\\ C'mon Out & Swarm Together //:.
    Our Sydney Native Bee Community .:. 1st Gathering
    Nov8th 7pm - 9:30pm .:. at Pocket City Farms in Camperdown

    Let's spread our social wings and join us in the celebratory formation & the official launch of our Sydney Native Bee Community // SNBC - Our regional branch of the Australian Native Bee Association // ANBA

    C'mon out on a Spring evening & welcome our special guests:

    .:. Tim Heard : Sugarbag Bees & ANBA

    .:. Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno : Sydney Uni : USyd BioSoc

    .:. Peter Clarke : Founder of Ku-ring-gai WildThings Program

    .:. Tobias Smith : Bee Aware & University of Qld : UQ

    .:. Ros Gloag : University of Sydney

    Swarming together at Pocket City Farms in Central Sydney to connect, share and learn in conversation :

    .:. Sydney local & regional : native honey tasting

    .:. observation hives & micro colonies

    .:. book sales, art & market stalls

    .:. habitat & hive displays

    .:. information, surprises & maybe more...

    We have limited brood space available so be sure to secure your spot • in the Sydney Spring Swarm •

    Entry by a small donation will help our community grow and provide a collective space to share knowledge & experience.

    ..:...:.. P L E A S E get your T I C K E T here ..:...:..

    If you would like to be more involved on the evening and possibly have a display, please contact us via email: or ph: 0404 604 569

    Registration for ANBA membership will also be available on the evening.

    Our event and formation is proudly supported by :

    .•. Pocket City Farms .•. Sydney Native Bees .•. Australian Native Bee Association .•.

    \\ Our Sydney Native Bee Community Values //

    .:. Biodiversity Conservation .:. Cultural Preservation .:. Collaborative Education .:.

  • 10 Nov, 2019Native bee hive management, Sutherland, NSW + -

    Native bee hive management to Illawarra ABA Beekeepers Club in Sutherland, NSW

    Sunday 10 Nov. 2-3 pm

    Contact Penny Downy. Club President Illawarra ABA branch. 0438207292

    Part of the Illawarra ABA Beekeepers Club Field Day, which goes all day, 9 am – 4 pm.

    98 Eton Street Sutherland

    See other events for the day here:

  • 11 Nov, 2019Australia’s native stingless bees, Sydney NSW + -


    Monday, 11 November 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Venue: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW

    Tim Heard discusses the diversity and beauty of Australia’s native stingless bees, revealing how to distinguish between stingless bees and other bees, why they are so popular and appreciated by people, their role in the world and the risks they face.

    FREE — EVERYONE WELCOME, No Booking Required

  • 13 Nov, 2019Talk on native bees to Hasting Valley Amateur Beekeeping Assoc, Wauchope, NSW + -

    Wednesday 13 Nov 2019, 630 for 730 talk

    Meeting starts 6:30, question time. 7 Formal meeting, 730-830 Guest speaker

    Talk on native bees presented by Tim Heard

    Wauchope Showgrounds. 93 High St Wauchope

    Entry is by gold coin donation to cover venue, tea/coffee and biscuits

    Inquiries to president Charles Watkins, 0419 488991

  • 15 Nov, 2019Talk/ Meet the author/ book signing at The Book Warehouse, Coffs Harbour, NSW + -

    Talk/ Meet the author/ book signing

    Tim Heard, author of The Australian Native Bee Book

    1030 am 12 midday.

    The Book Warehouse

    Shop 26 Harbour Drive

    Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

    Tel: +61 2 6651 9077

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

  • 6 Nov, 2019Stingless Native Bees workshop. Taree, NSW + -


    Learn all about Stingless Native Bees in Australia with Tim Heard

    Wed, 6 November 2019, 9 am – 4 pm

    PCYC, 95 Commerce Street, Taree, NSW

    Get more info and buy your ticket here:

  • 9 Nov, 2019Georges River City Council, Sydney + -


    Native bee full day workshop

    Georges River City Council, Sydney

    Sat, 9 November 2019, 10 AM – 4 PM

    PJ Ferry Reserve Community Hall

    Corner Bellevue Parade and Blakesley Road

    Allawah, NSW 2218

    Presented by Dr Tobias Smith and Francisco Garcia

    Book here:

  • 9 Nov, 2019Native stingless beekeeping, City of Sydney, Alexandria, NSW + -

    Sydney Park Pavillion, Euston Rd, Alexandria

    Presented by Tim Heard

    Native stingless beekeeping – half day morning workshop, Saturday 9th November

    Cost: Adult: $10.00, Concession: $7.50

    Book here:

  • 10 Nov, 2019Northern Beaches ​City Council, Sydney​ + -

    Two Native bee half day workshops

    Northern Beaches City Council, Sydney

    AM: Introduction to native bees

    PM, intermediate and hive splitting workshop

    Presented by Dr Tobias Smith and Francisco Garcia

    More information coming closer to the event

  • 12 Nov, 2019Sydney Wildflower Nursery Native Bee Workshop, Heathcote, NSW + -

    Sydney Wildflower Nursery Native Bee Workshop

    Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 10:00–13:00

    Sydney Wildflower Nursery, 9 Veno Street, Heathcote, New South Wales

    Price: $50

    Tim Heard, author of 'The Native Australian Bee Book' joins 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:

  • 14 Nov, 2019Native bee Workshop near Port Macquarie, NSW + -

    Native bee Workshop at Lorne Recreation Center, near Port Macquarie, NSW

    Learn all about Stingless Native Bees in Australia with Tim Heard

    Thu, 14th November 2019, 10 am – 4 pm

    Cost: $100 per person. Tickets can be purchased through Diane at Beewild Ph: 0422 639 336 or Email:

  • 23 Nov, 2019​Native Stingless Bees workshop, Northey Street City Farm, Brisbane​ + -

    Native Stingless Bees workshop

    Hosted by Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria Street Windsor, Brisbane, Queensland

    Saturday, 23 November 2019 from 09:00-16:00

    Presented by Tim Heard, an entomologist, long term sting less bee keeper and author of the best seller and multi award winner ‘The Australian Native Bee book.’

    Tickets · $89.83-$105

  • 18 Jan, 2020​Native bees and how to keep them, BCC Library, Brisbane + -

    Native bees and how to keep them

    Saturday 18th January 2020, 9am - 2pm

    Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation or pollination? During this full day workshop, experience Dr Tobias Smith (entomologist and professional educator) teach you the basics of how to become a stingless beekeeper.

    More information coming in December.