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 Jun, 2018Tropical Fruit World and Native Bee Technical Tour

    If you are booked into the 3rd Australian Bee Congress (http://australianbeecongress.c...) you can join this tour. Details are:

    NEW: Tropical Fruit World and Native Bee Technical Tour

    Date: Wednesday 27th June 2018

    Time: Departs 9.30am and returns approx. 4pm (lunch included)

    Location: Return coach transfer from RACV Royal Pines Resort

    Cost: $90 per person (includes lunch) Subject to minimum numbers

    Bookings: via the registration form. If you have already registered for the congress and would like to add the tour, please email

    Tropical Fruit World is located south of the 3rd Australian Bee Congress site and offers a great opportunity for congress delegates to visit an exceptional facility featuring tropical fruits, enjoy a tasting of the fruits and a tour of the site. The unique opportunity this tour affords is that of a 1.5-hour demonstration and address on the marvels of Native Bees by Dr Tim Heard, one of Australia’s foremost researchers into these fascinating bees. This is an opportunity not to be missed. Check the Tropical Fruit World website

    The tour will depart Royal Pines Resort at 9.30am on Wednesday 27th June, and return at approx. 4pm. Lunch is included in the cost of $90.

  • 30 Jun, 2018Two talks at the 3rd Australian Bee Congress, Gold Coast

    Two talks, including one keynote address, at the 3rd Australian Bee Congress, Gold Coast. Attendance requires registration at the conference.

    Time: 9.00am – 9.40am

    Title: Managing stingless bees for crop pollination, playing to their strengths and weaknesses

    Time: 2.50pm – 3.10pm

    Title: Stingless bees for research, education, pets and nature ambassadors

  • 7 Jul, 2018Tropical Fruit World 35th Birthday 'Garden Party'

    Tropical Fruit World has been welcoming guests to explore their farm since 1983 - now we welcome you back to celebrate our 35th Birthday with us! A day of guided walking tours, live music, demonstrations, and food and drink offerings from our favourite local producers.

    Come and meet our friends – Blackboard Coffee, Earth Man Foods , Husk Distillers , Madura Tea Estates , Mamacitas Mexican , Sobah Beverages ,Stone & Wood Brewing , Sugarbag Bees . Enjoy seasonal delights home-made in our own Plantation Cafe, and sample the talents of rockstar 'chef-in-residence', Steven Snow of Fins at Plantation House .

    Take a walking tour, relax on the lawns, explore the gardens, enjoy the music, and pick up some fresh farm fruit. Help us support the Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers with your gold coin donation.

    Cost: Free entry to event grounds, gardens and shops.
    Walking tours: Adults $5. Kids 4-16yrs a gold coin donation to TVWC

  • 10 Jul, 2018​Talk to the Ipswich Branch of Native Plants Queensland "Australia’s native bees and their relationships with native plants"

    Meeting of the Ipswich Branch of Native Plants Queensland
    Tuesday 10th July 2018 commencing at 7 pm.

    At the Ipswich Croquet Club, Queens Park, Ipswich.

    Dr. Tim Heard will speak on "Australia’s native bees and their relationships with native plants".

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

  • 29 Jul, 2018Native Bees workshop at Griffith Uni EcoCentre, Brisbane

    Native Bees workshop

    Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation or pollination? Come along to this workshop and learn all about native bees, the solitary and social ones and how to propagate them. You will learn about the amazing relationships between bees and flowers and the importance of bees to humans. You will pick up lots of tips on managing the native social bees, including how to extract honey from them.

    Sunday 29 July 12noon – 3pm

    Griffith University Eco Centre, Building N68, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111

    Facilitator: Dr Tobias Smith

    Bookings essential. Cost is $20. Email with your name and the number of your fellow attendees.

  • 4 Aug, 2018Native Stingless Bee workshop, Logan City, Qld

    When: Saturday, 4 August 2018, 9 am - 12 midday.
    Where: Brigalow Hall, Eagleby Wetlands, Logan St, Eagleby QLD 4207

    Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith

    Health, Environment & Waste Branch Logan City Council
    Phone: 07 3412 4491

  • 3 Nov, 2018​ Native Bee Keeping at Willoughby Council, Sydney

    More details coming soon.

  • 4 Nov, 2018Native Bee practical workshop, Bayside Council, NSW

    Native Bee practical workshop with Dr Tim Heard

    More details coming soon.

  • 6 Nov, 2018Sydney Wildflower Nursery Native Bee Workshop

    Sydney Wildflower Nursery Native Bee Workshop

    6 November 2018 at 13:00–16:00

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

    Price: $50

    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: