The Australian Beekeeping Club List

Inspecting a frame of bees at a beekeping club meeting

This beekeeping club list aims to bring the contact details of all Australian beekeeping clubs together in the one place.

Joining a beekeeping club is a terrific way to learn about beekeeping.  Experienced beekeepers can provide a lot of support to novice beekeepers.  Many clubs hire out equipment such as honey extractors.  Monthly meeting often includes talks from industry experts about a wide range of beekeeping topics.

The beekeeping club list for New South Wales

The following clubs are all affiliated with Amateur Beekeepers Association of New South Wales.

Bathurst – The Bathurst Beekeepers meet on the last Thursday of every month.  Like their Bathurst Beekeepers Facebook page for regular updates.

Bega Valley – Club meetings are held from 7 pm to 9 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Meals On Wheels meeting room, corner Bega and Aukland Streets, Bega. The Bega Valley Bee Club has a Facebook page to promote responsible and ethical beekeeping in the Bega Valley and share news and notices about club activities & workshops.

Central Coast -The Central Coast Branch of the ABA meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the The Old Tote Trust Rooms, Gosford Showground, Showground Road.   Facebook page  – The Central Coast Amateur Beekeepers.

Goulburn – The Goulburn District Beekeepers Club meets on the third Tuesday evening of the month at the Goulburn Workers Club, McKell Place.  7.30 pm – 9 pm

Hawkesbury -Hawkesbury Beekeepers Incorporated meet at 7 pm on the first Friday of each month at the Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre on Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury Campus at Richmond.’

Hunter Valley – The Hunter Valley branch meets monthly at 10 am on the FOURTH Sunday of the month (except July and December).  They have over 50 members who come from Belmont to Barrington and especially welcome inquiring visitors, potential new members and beginners.  Facebook page – Hunter Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association.

Illawarra – This beekeeping club meets at Eton St South, Sutherland on the second Thursday evening of each month at 7 pm. Their open field day is on the last Sunday morning of the month 10am-12.30pm. Facebook page  – Sydney Illawarra Beekeepers Association

Inner West – The Inner West beekeepers are a beekeeping club based in Sydney with a passion for all things urban beekeeping including European honeybees & Australian native bees.  Facebook page – Sydney Inner West Beekeepers

Macarthur -The Macarthur Beekeepers Association meets at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living located at 1 Mt Annan Dr, Mt Annan on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm (except November) with a Field Day usually held at the same location, the 1st Sunday of the month –weather permitting.   Facebook site – Macarthur Beekeepers Association

Manning Valley -The Manning Valley Amateur Beekeepers club meetings are held at 7 pm the first Wednesday of most months (except January, June & July) at the Taree Showground Tea Rooms, Muldoon Street, Taree.  Facebook site –Manning Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association.

Mid North Coast -The Mid North Coast Amateur Beekeepers Association Inc. meets on the second Sunday of the month. Facebook Page – Mid North Coast Amateur Beekeepers Association Inc.

Mudgee -The Mudgee Bee Group is a group of like-minded people, who are interested in bees and beekeeping. The community hives are looked after by the members. Members are encouraged to be ‘hands-on’ helping with inspections, honey harvesting and general maintenance, all the while learning how to manage the bees and the hive best. Guest speakers come along to our meetings to further inform and educate. All this in a friendly, social, safe environment.  Facebook page – Mudgee Bee Group.

Nepean -This beekeeping club meets at the Nepean High School grounds (behind the sports grounds), Great Western Highway, Emu Plains. The high school is approximately 10 minutes walking from the railway station. They meet on the second Sunday of the month from 9.30am till about 3 pm. Except on Mothers day and other special days, where we shift the meeting to the third Sunday.

Northern Beaches -The Northern Beaches beekeeping club meets from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the first Wednesday of each month at St Kevin’s Catholic School, Lower Hall, 57 – 59 Oaks Avenue, Dee Why. The Northern Beaches Beekeepers Club aims to promote “Responsible Beekeeping through Knowledge” and cater for those thinking of keeping bees through to new and experienced beekeepers.  Facebook page –Northern Beaches Beekeepers Inc.

Northern Rivers -The Northern Rivers Branch of the ABA is based from Grafton to the Queensland border. Many members live in the Lismore and Ballina area through the membership extends to Armidale and Urunga. The club welcomes new members be they experienced beekeepers or newcomers to the hobby. Newcomers, in particular, can gain considerable support from more experienced beekeepers.

Parramatta -The Parramatta Amateur Beekeepers meets in the Agriculture Classroom of James Ruse Agriculture High School at Carlingford. The entrance is off Baker Street. The club meets on the second Wednesday of each month (excepting January) at 7:30 pm.

Shoalhaven -The Shoalhaven Association meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month for regular meetings and talks in Nowra between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at the Shoalhaven High School, 60 Park Road Nowra.  Facebook Page – Shoalhaven Beekeepers Association.

Southern Highlands -The Southern Highlands Apiarists Association meets on the third Wednesday of the month at the Mittagong RSL at 7 pm.  Facebook page – Southern Highlands Apiarists Association.

Sydney -The Sydney Bee Club Inc. is the Sydney Central sub-branch of the Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW. Our club aims to support urban beekeeping in all its forms and species. Their club meetings are held on the last Monday of each month from 6.20pm – 8.00pm, usually at Waverley Council Library, though the venue sometimes varies. Facebook page –The Sydney Bee Club Inc.

Yass – Yass and District Beekeepers meet on the second Sunday of every month at 2.00 pm.

Other beekeeping clubs in New South Wales.

North Shore Beekeepers Association -The North Shore Beekeepers Association night meetings are held bi-monthly at the Senior Citizens Hall at 259 Pacific Highway Lindfield on the second Wednesday of each second month, so meetings are in February, April, June, August and October. There is no night meeting in December.  Facebook page –North Shore Beekeepers Association.

New South Wales Apiarists Association – The New South Wales Apiarists’ Association Inc. (NSWAA) is the state peak body for commercial beekeepers.  The NSWAA is committed to ensuring the future of the beekeeping industry, and the Executive Council represents its members in liaison with government, media and the general community. Nine Association Branches cover the state of NSW. Beekeepers and other interested stakeholders members can nominate to be associated with one of the branches: Central Tablelands, Hunter Valley, North Coast, Northern Tablelands, Riverina, Southern Tablelands, Sydney Metropolitan, Tamworth and Western Plains.  Branch contact information can be found here.  Facebook page  – New South Wales Apiarists’ Association Inc. 

Mullumbimbees Natural Beekeeping Group  – Byron Shire & surrounds (Australia) local amateur natural beekeepers group, sharing info on keeping bees (successes and failures) in this sub-tropical rainbow region.  Facebook page –Mullumbimbees Natural Beekeeping Group

 

Beekeeping club members inspecting a beehive

Beekeeping club members inspecting a beehive

 

The beekeeping club list for Queensland

The following clubs are affiliated with the Queensland Beekeepers Association Inc.

Bayside Beekeepers Association Inc –  This beekeeping club meets on the 3rd Thursday each month, 7.30pm at Redlands IndigiScapes, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba Qld  email: beesbayside@gmail.com

Brisbane Amateur Beekeepers Society – The Brisbane Amateur Beekeepers Society Inc. meets on the first Thursday of each month (except January) in the Brisbane City Council Library meeting room on level two of the Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown, Cnr Compton & Callam Rds, Sunnybank Hills 4019.  Facebook page –Brisbane Amateur Beekeepers’ Society Inc.

Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Society Inc. – The Monthly Meetings are usually held on the THIRD Sunday of the Month commencing at 10.00am. (Usually at Members homes). They mostly take the form of a cup of tea & a yarn, a short formal meeting [Run in standard meeting format] followed by a practical session on beekeeping where everyone is encouraged to become involved. Facebook page – Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Society.

Gold Coast Regional Beekeepers Inc. – This beekeeping club meets on the 3rd weekend Sat or Sun (alternate) each month at Currumbin Waters Qld or Nerang Qld.

Ipswich & West Moreton Beekeepers Association Inc. -Ipswich & West Moreton Beekeepers Association meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at 7.30pm until around 10.00pm. New members and visitors are welcome. Facebook page –Ipswich & West Moreton Beekeepers Association

Northside Beekeepers Association Inc. (Brisbane North) -The Northside Beekeepers Association (NBKA) is a group of mainly amateur beekeepers, drawn from the north side of the city of Brisbane Queensland Australia.  This beekeeping club meets on the last Wednesday of the month, at the Pine Rivers Special School 10 Lawnton Pocket Road, Lawnton, from 7:30 pm.  Facebook page –Northside Beekeepers’ Association Inc

Barambah Beekeepers (South Burnett) – This beekeeping club meets on the 2nd Saturday each month Facebook page –Barambah beekeepers and South Burnett

Cairns & District Beekeepers Association Inc – This beekeeping club meets on the 2nd Saturday each month.  Facebook page – Cairns & District Beekeepers Association Inc.

Capricorn Beekeepers Club Inc. –  For information about this beekeeping club contact Janet Brighton  180 Dean Street, Berserker Qld 4701 email: jbbrighton12@gmail.com

Central Queensland Beekeepers Association Inc. –  This beekeeping club meets on the last Sunday of each month in the Mackay region, at 2 pm or 3 pm. Venue and timing to be confirmed leading up to the event.   Facebook page – Central Queensland Beekeepers Association Inc.

Southern Beekeepers Association (Qld) Inc. -The Southern Beekeepers club meets on the third Wednesday of each month.  The meeting is located at 6 Little St, Toowoomba, in the Dr Price room.  The session commences at 7:00 pm.  Facebook Page –The Southern Beekeepers Association.

Townsville & District Beekeepers Association -This beekeeping club meets on the 3rd Sunday each month.  See the website for details.

Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Inc. – Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Group was established with the aim of sharing the knowledge of beekeeping and to assist others in getting started in the craft.  The club holds meetings the last Saturday of each month at 9:30 am to find a venue email sunshinecoastbeekeepersi@gmail.com for information.  Facebook page – Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Group, Australia.

Valley Bees  (Mary River Catchment area – Gympie region) -Valley Bees is a group of people specialising in native bees and honey bees who come together at least three times a month to share knowledge and passion for bees.  See the website for meeting details.  Facebook page –Valley Bees

Whitsunday Beekeepers Association – email: webbee@tpg.com.au

 

Beekeepers at a beekeeping club meeting

Beekeepers at a beekeeping club meeting

The beekeeping club list for Victoria

Victorian Apiarists Association -The Victorian Apiarists’ Association can help all beekeepers regardless of how many bee hives they own.  Whether you are a hobbyist beekeeper with one hive in the backyard, a semi-commercial beekeeper wishing to take the next step towards becoming entirely financially dependent on beekeeping or the full-time commercial beekeeper.

Central Victorian Apiarists’ Association Inc. – This beekeeping club is active in the Maryborough area of Victoria.  Facebook Page – Central Victorian Apiarists Association

Gippsland Apiarists’ Association Inc.The GAA is based in Gippsland and services all of the Gippsland Region. There is a mixture of members both experienced and new beekeepers.  Facebook Page – Gippsland Beekeepers

CERES Bee Group – The CERES Bee group is open to the public for membership. As a visitor or member, we can show you all about bee-keeping, guidelines and responsibilities, industry memberships such as The Victorian Apiarists Association and practical advice on making up frames and bee hive equipment. And if you feel like giving us a hand maintaining the bee space, that’d be great too. We meet on the 3rd Sunday of every month in the market area at 10.00am and welcome new visitors and members. We have a small number of spare protective veils, just bring long trousers, boots and a long-sleeved shirt, some rubber or leather gloves and a narrow-brimmed hat. Facebook Page – CERES Bee Group

Collingwood Children’s Farm Apiary – We aim to educate the public about bees and beekeeping as well as providing beekeeping advice and practice to current and prospective beekeepers.  We are open from 10:30 to 3:30 on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from September to May and on the last Sunday for June, July and August.   How to find us: at the end of St Heliers St Abbotsford turn right along the Capital City bike path and walk approx 300 metres (Melways map 2D, grid D10)  Facebook page – Collingwood Children’s Farm Apiary

Melbourne Section of the Victorian Apiarists Association – The Melbourne Section of the Victorian Apiarists’ Association helps beekeepers to manage their hives, particularly in an urban environment. All beekeepers and prospective beekeepers in Melbourne and surrounding areas are invited to become members of our club.  Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month (except December). The VAA Melbourne Section meets at the “Church of Christ Hall”, corner of Cherry Rd and Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn 3103, Melway 46-D8 (tram route 109), enter from Cherry Rd.  Facebook Page – VAA Melbourne Section Beekeepers’ Club

The Beekeepers Club Inc. – The Beekeepers Club is based in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and supports beekeepers and beekeeping through education, information sharing and mentoring.  We meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at  7:00 pm at Doncaster Secondary College, 123 Church Rd Doncaster Victoria Australia 3108

Perm-apiculture – the Natural Beekeeping group – The Perm-apiculture group formed in January 2011 as a sub-group of Permaculture Victoria (PCV). We’re a keen bunch of people based in Victoria (Australia) who are interested in beekeeping with a permaculture perspective. That is; bee-friendly, on a small scale and in a sustainable manner. We have members ranging in experience from just starting out to people who have been enthusiastically keeping bees for many years. We’re keen to swap ideas, learn from each other and to promote Natural Beekeeping. We meet on the third Monday of each month between 6:45 pm – 9 pm, except for two months – March and June.  The meeting location is the Kew Library meeting room, Corner Cotham Road and Civic Drive, Kew.  Facebook page –Permapiculture – Natural Beekeeping Australia

“J” Beekeeping School – J Beekeeping School includes professional beekeepers, amateurs and new learners. The main idea is to help members to learn how to manage beekeeping processes. The club provides the support in establishing and organising beehives. The Club meets every second Thursday of the month at the J Beekeepers School Hall at the premises of the Jadran Social Club at 35 Duncans Lane Diggers Rest 3427. The meeting commences at 7.30 pm.  Facebook page –  J Beekeeping School in Melbourne

North Western Bee Club Inc. – North Western Bee Club Inc., who is that?  We are a welcoming group of individuals who love to get together, talk about bees and share the how-to, tips, tricks and ideas of/for beekeeping.  We meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month with Beginners Corner at 7 pm (most months) and the main talk at 7:30 pm.  Meeting on the west side of Melbourne you can find us at Parkwood Green Community Centre (88 Catherine Drive, Hillside)  Facebook page – North Western Bee Club Inc.

Geelong Beekeepers Club Inc. – Geelong Beekeepers Club aims to foster good beekeeping practice in the community, promote the interests of beekeeping and exchange information about all aspects of beekeeping. Visitors are welcome. The first visit is free; subsequent visits are $5. Or become a member! Annual membership is $30 per person.  The Geelong Beekeepers Club meets on the third Friday of every month. Meetings start at 8.00pm. We also offer “Ask a Beekeeper” which commences at 7.15 pm Facebook page – Geelong Beekeepers Club Inc.

Coonara Beekeeping Club – The Coonara Beekeeping club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm – 9.00pm in the Coonara Community House, 22 Willow Rd, Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic 3156.  Facebook page – Coonara Beekeeping Club

Southside Beekeepers Club Inc. -Southside Beekeepers Club Inc is a not-for-profit community club for hobby beekeepers – Educating the community on all things Apiary.  We meet at Leawarra House, also known as the Elderly Citizens Club Rooms at 200 Beach Street Frankston.  Setting up the hall commences from 6.30pm and all help is gratefully accepted. New Member Registrations begin from 7:00 pm.   Our meetings start at 7:30 pm sharp.  Visitors and Guests are most welcome, $5 entry fee applies to non-members. Supper included  Facebook page – Southside Beekeepers Club Inc

Yarra Valley Bee Group -The Yarra Valley Bee group is a not for profit community group with an emphasis on sustainable and natural beekeeping. We support local beekeepers by facilitating monthly educational talks, workshops, mentor programs, book and equipment libraries and the Yarra Valley honey co-op. We also run educational programs for schools and other community groups. Membership is $30 a year. Meetings are held at ECOSS, 711 Old Warburton Road, Wesburn, in the newly renovated ‘Coop’ (past the old house, over the green, down the bottom).  (MELWAY 289 B10)  When: the last Sunday of the month unless stated otherwise.  Facebook page – Yarra Valley Bee Group

Woodend Bee-Friendly Society – The Woodend Bee-Friendly Society is a working group of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group that seeks to promote the sharing of knowledge about beekeeping between aspirants, novices, and experienced beekeepers in Woodend and surrounding areas.  Woodend, Victoria, has a unique climate with long, cold winters and relatively short summers.   The primary aim of this Society is to promote best practices for sustainable beekeeping in the local area.  We meet every third Sunday 3 – 4.30pm at the Woodend Neighbourhood House.  Facebook Page  – Woodend Bee-Friendly Society

Ballarat Regional Beekeepers –  Ballarat Regional Beekeepers Inc. is a public Incorporated Association, formed in March 2015.   Our members are passionate about beekeeping, honey, environmental sustainability and education, and networking with other people who share an enthusiasm for everything “bees”.  Our membership comprises both professional and amateur beekeepers, with a common goal of sharing their knowledge and experience in this fascinating subject.  Whether you are a curious potential beekeeper, a beginning backyard beekeeper, or an established commercial apiarist, we welcome you to consider membership of Ballarat Regional Beekeepers Inc.  Meetings first Thursday of the month  6.30pm-7pm Beginners Corner or Ask a Beekeeper  Beginners Corner covering all that you need to know when starting out as a beekeeper – topics themed to the time of year activities.  Ask a Beekeeper for non-beginners to ask a more experienced beekeeper for advice – questions themed to current activities generally.  7pm-9pm General Meeting  Includes guest speaker and biosecurity update and monthly topic, questions and answers, etc.  Facebook page  – Ballarat Regional Beekeepers Inc.

MAD Bee Group (Mansfield & District) – A local group of passionate beekeepers, young and old, experienced and novice. All with the intention to look after bees, and to help more people understand and benefit through the healthy nurture of these magnificent beings. Come and join a meeting – the THIRD Thursday of each month at the Delatite Hotel 95 High Street Mansfield, Victoria 3722…from 6:30. pm   Facebook page – MAD Bee Group

 

A speaker at a beekeeping club meeting

A speaker at a beekeeping club meeting

The Beekeeping club list for South Australia

South Australian Apiarists’ Association – The South Australian Apiarists’ Association Inc. was formed in 1945. It is an association of apiarists in all fields, including honey production, pollination, queen breeding and propolis and pollen collection. Members include commercial and amateur beekeepers.  Facebook page – South Australian Apiarist Association – SAAA

Beekeepers Society of South Australia (BSSA) –  The Beekeepers’ Society of South Australia (BSSA) is located in Adelaide, South Australia.  The BSSA is a friendly group of active hobbyist beekeepers who meet regularly to share our knowledge, experience, develop our beekeeping skills and, most importantly, have fun!  The BSSA is dedicated to advancing the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment.  All general meetings will be held at St Matthew’s Meeting Hall, 67 Bridge St, Kensington, on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm  Facebook page – Beekeepers’ Society of South Australia

Adelaide Bee Sanctuary  – Adelaide Bee Sanctuary was established in January 2015.  Adelaide Bee Sanctuary raises awareness of the vital role that bees play in our eco-system and food security, promotes the cohabitation of people and bees in the urban environment, demonstrates best practices in beekeeping and supports a greener and more sustainable Adelaide city. Facebook page –Adelaide Bee Sanctuary

The Beekeeping club list for Western Australia

West Australian Apiarists’ Society Inc. –  The WA Apiarists’ Society currently has over 800 members, the majority being hobbyists who meet to learn, share and promote the craft of beekeeping. Formed in 1953, the Society has been guided by a committee of volunteers under whom membership numbers have steadily increased. We are the second oldest Beekeeping Association in Western Australia and can proudly say that we have the largest membership not only in WA but Australia.  General meetings, to which all are invited, are held on the first Thursday each month except December* and January, starting with our Beginners’ Corner at 6:30 pm, designed to instruct new beekeepers on various fundamental aspects of beekeeping and allows for questions to be asked of the experienced beekeeper presenting on the night.  Parallel to that, we also now feature a Discussion Group with Stan Taylor, also at 6:30, for more experienced beekeepers to share their insights and discuss what they have learned over many years in the field.   Our General Meeting follows this from 7:30 – 9.30pm  South Perth Community Centre,  Corner South Terrace & Sandgate Street,  South Perth WA, 6151

Inspecting a flowhive at a beekeeping club meeting

Inspecting a flow hive at a beekeeping club meeting

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The Beekeeping club list for Tasmania

Tasmanian Beekeepers’ Association –  The TBA is the peak apiarists industry organisation in Tasmania. Three regional branches operate around Tasmania.  The chapters are semi-autonomous, and branch membership is separate to full TBA membership. While the TBA represents beekeeper interests at the state and national level, the branches focus predominantly on the practical aspects of beekeeping, holding regular meetings and field days, and conducting beekeeping demonstrations at school fairs and agricultural shows.  The branches are an invaluable source of information to the new beekeeper. Contact the branches for further information.

Southern Tasmanian Beekeepers Association -The Southern Beekeepers Association, is a forum for back-yard and commercial beekeepers alike in Southern Tasmania.  Membership conveys excellent benefits through sharing ideas and information. The peak beekeeping body in Tasmania is the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association (TBA).  The Association has a group of about 270 beekeepers.  Meetings of the Association are held monthly at the Glenorchy LINC, with attendance averaging about 45.  Facebook page – Southern Tasmanian Beekeepers Association

Northern Branch Tasmanian Beekeepers Association  – Meetings are held every third Monday of the Month starting at 7:00 pm at Launceston Lutheran Church Hall in Frankland Street.   Facebook page – Northern Branch Tasmanian Beekeepers Association

North West Branch Tasmanian Beekeepers Association – Meets 2nd Monday of the month, 7.30pm at the Sulphur Creek Hall Sulphur Creek.

The beekeeping club list for the ACT

Beekeepers Association of the ACT -Meetings of the Beekeepers Association of the ACT will be held on the third Thursday of the month (except December) at 7:30 pm Yarralumla Primary School Hall, 24 Loftus Street Act 2600.  Facebook page – Beekeepers Association of the ACT.

About the Author

The owner of Mt. Coramba Apiculture, Glenn Locke, has had the beekeeping urge since the early 1980’s as a 14-year-old teenager.

The Warwick (QLD) high school agriculture department had a few beehives and beekeeping was taught as a subject.  Glenn’s agriculture teacher Jim Caird let him have a nucleus hive, and the addiction started.

The move to the mid-north coast of NSW and particularly the beautiful Orara Valley means that Glenn now has the space to commence beekeeping again. Glenn has managed beehives in the Orara Valley since 2009.

Glenn is now concentrating on building his beekeeping business producing nucleus hives and queen bees for sale.

We also supply high quality local, raw honey.

Do you have questions about beekeeping clubs?  Contact us 

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