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It’s the Bee’s Knees: Queensland Tourism Operators Paving the Way for Self-Sufficient Living Ahead of World Bee Day

May 20, 2020 Visit STH Pacific & Oceania No Comments Email Email

If there is one thing that the coronavirus lockdown has shown is that more of us are looking for ways to live more self-sufficient in a bid to lead a grounded lifestyle and reduce our impact on the planet. A great way to do this is through beekeeping and the nurturing of our native pollinators.

On World Bee Day (Wednesday, 20 May 2020), we celebrate the innovative ways Queensland’s tourism operators embrace bees and their golden nectar: From using beeswax and resin to help injured sea turtles, to online beekeeping workshops and live beehive tours, to restaurants dishing up desserts drizzled with honey harvested from their own rooftop hives.

Jack Stone from Bee One Third, a Brisbane-based beekeeping enterprise, is encouraging everyone to become better acquainted with our pollinators that thrive in the Sunshine State.

“Without bees, Queensland, and indeed the world, would be a very different place to what we know now. Without them and their pollination work, we would lose access to over 140 fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds,” Mr Stone said.

“Bees have a lot to teach us, simply by incorporating them into our sustainable ways of living they can play a big role in the way we see the world, merely by opening our eyes to how important they are.”

If you’re hooked on honey, here are four ways to learn more about beekeeping and the importance of bee populations for our ecosystem in Queensland:

West Village a hive of virtual activity
During the month of May, West Village in Brisbane is raising awareness of the importance of bees by hosting virtual activities and workshops on The Village Bees hub. This includes online beehive tours with Bee One Third’s Jack Stone, celebrity chef cooking classes with Matt Golinski, bee craft activities for kids with Creative Kids Brisbane, tips on how to attract bees to your garden with West Village gardener Amelia Valenti and a first-look at a larger-than-life bee installation by Dead Puppet Society.

West Village is home to four rooftop beehives, producing 160kg of honey each year.

Mr Stone, who installed the hives at West Village and other Queensland businesses like Hutchinson Builders and The James Street Precinct, said businesses play a vital role in growing bee populations in urban areas.

“Businesses like West Village are helping contribute to the local bee populations by not only hosting and housing bees on the rooftops of their precincts, but also by planting a diversity of bee-food throughout these venues, adding to the necessary food supply for the year-round health and wellbeing of our local bees” Mr Stone said.

Australia Zoo’s healing hives
Queensland icon, Australia Zoo, use a glue-like product called ‘propolis’ from their 30 onsite beehives to help treat injured sea turtles at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Crickey! Magazine Editor Luke Reavley said native bees are especially important to the environment, and while it is possible to harvest small amounts of their honey, Australia Zoo currently don’t, choosing instead to use the propolis for its natural healing properties.

“We do occasionally harvest the propolis, which is a mixture of beeswax and resin used by the bees to construct the inside of their hive,” Mr Reavley said.

“The propolis has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and we use it to make a paste to aid in the treatment of sea turtles admitted due to boat strikes at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.”

Taste the Sunshine State’s golden nectar
If you build it, they will come – which is exactly what some innovative Queensland restaurants and hotels have done by incorporating their own rooftop hives to supply honey to their kitchens. Not only is this great for the environment and helps increase local bee populations, but it also means you can sample some of Queensland’s sticky goodness in the restaurants below the hives.

Beachfront favourite Burleigh Pavilion on the Gold Coast has recently installed beehives on the venue’s rooftop where the bees not only make delicious honey for use in desserts and cocktails made in the restaurant, but they also help pollinate the native plants in nearby Burleigh Head National Park. The Pullman Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns also dish up tasty delights using honey harvested from their rooftop hives.

The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) gather honey produced by native bees just as their ancestors before them did. But you don’t have to trek offshore to savour the flavour of this premium honey, with QYAC providing the golden nectar to restaurants at The Star venues across South East Queensland.

Beginner beekeeping courses and workshops in Queensland
Once it’s safe to travel again, it’s time to check out these hands-on bee experiences in Queensland:

The Ginger Factory on the Sunshine Coast run live bee shows and tastings for visitors. Until it’s safe to travel again, check out their beekeeping demonstration video on Facebook .

Book in for a beginner’s beekeeping course at Honey House Kuranda to learn firsthand what it takes to manage and care for your hive of important little pollinators.

Little Bee in the Scenic Rim run kids and adult workshops on native bees in their Secret Garden. The workshops cover a range of topics from an introduction to native bees, to bee hotels and how to plant a bee-friendly garden.

In a bid to protect our pollinators and promote local honey producers, the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre welcomed a colony of native bees in 2019 and hope to host workshops and bee talks, once restrictions lift.

And while we may not be able to visit some of these innovative tourism businesses right now, why not put a Queensland ‘hive holiday’ on your bucket list and make a pledge to purchase local honey when you travel so that beekeepers can continue to grow our local bee populations. For more information on your next un-bee-lievable Queensland holiday visit

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