Beekeeping courses and workshops – Advanced


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We regret that due to the current restrictions imposed by the Biosecurity (Varroa mite) Emergency Order we are not able to offer beekeeping workshops at the moment.  All of our hives and our extracting shed are in the Coffs Harbour red zone which significantly limits our beekeeping activities. 

This one-day beekeeping workshop covers more advanced beekeeping techniques.

The following topics are covered:

Rearing queen bees.

Our trainer, Glenn Locke has completed the Certificate III Rear Queen Bees and has been raising queens for several years.  We can instruct you on rearing queen bees and take you right through the process of putting together cell starters, grafting, making up mating nucleus hives and assessing new queens.  Classes can cover many different methods depending on your needs and resources.  This class is best done on its own over a full day.

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Spring management of bees.

Spring is a crucial time for a beekeeper.  The success of your hive throughout the year can depend a lot on spring management of your beehives.  Our trainer can demonstrate how to handle a rapidly expanding colony in the spring to minimise swarming and maximise production.

Splitting hives.

Splitting beehives is a low-cost way of expanding your apiary.  Let us guide you through the process and show you the tricks around splitting hives to maximise your success.  

All methods covered including:

  • walk away splits,
  • splits using queen cells and,
  • splits using mated queens.

Merging hives.

The merging or joining of beehives hives is a common practice.  The resources from poorly performing hives can be merged with better hives to create one good colony.  As always with beekeeping, there are several ways of doing the same thing, and we can demonstrate a few options.

Moving hives.

Beekeepers from time to time move hives from one place to another.  Beehives can be moved a few metres or hundreds of kilometres.  The process of moving hives is sometimes poorly understood, and there is a lot of conflicting information about it on social media sites.  Our trainer can take you through all the methods of moving beehives that ensure the safety of yourself and your bees.

Supplementary feeding.

Bees from time to time need to be fed pollen substitutes and sugar syrup.  We can take you through the process of supplementary feeding detailing the pros and cons of each method.

Managing Small Hive Beetle

Small hive beetle has become widespread in the eastern parts of Australia since it was introduced around 2000.  Some methods work well, and others don’t.  We can demonstrate the techniques that we have found to be successful and show you how to implement them.

Cost $200.00 per person per day.  Children must be 16 years and over and accompanied by an adult.  Course times 9 am to 4 pm.

We require a 10% deposit prior to accepting your booking.  This deposit is non-refundable.

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Our beekeeping workshops are one on one mentoring

Our beekeeping workshops are one on one mentoring


Once you have taken the plunge and own your backyard bees, you may need a little help from time to time.  Our beekeeper can come to your apiary to assist you with anything that you need to know about beekeeping.

We can help you with the following issues:

  • Identification of brood disease and assistance with honeybee pests: we can assist you to identify or rule out brood disease in your beehives and help you with any remedial action that may be necessary.
  • Aggressive hives: we can assist you to identify the causes of aggression in your colonies and work out solutions for more enjoyable beekeeping.
  • Swarming and Spring Management: We can help you to manage the spring buildup in your hives to reduce the incidence of swarming.

In fact, Mt. Coramba Apiculture can assist you with any of those “Should I be worried moments”.

Cost $50.00 per hour minimum then $25.00 per half hour increments.  Travel is charged per km and varies according to the price of fuel.  This service is limited to a 100km radius of Coffs Harbour.

Contact us about mentoring.

A flowhive frame

We have a functioning flow hive on site.




What makes our beekeeping courses and workshops different?

Mt. Coramba Apiculture’s beekeeping classes are hands-on and practical.  As a participant, you have the full attention of our trainer.  We run our courses with one to 5 participants.

Where are our workshops held?

Each session is run in the field at our apiaries and our property at Nana Glen.  We don’t soak up hours of the day sitting in a classroom.

When are we running our next course?

Our beekeeping classes can be run at any time of the year and on any day that is mutually suitable to our trainer and yourself.  Naturally, it is easier to run our classes in the warmer months as the days are longer and more conducive to beekeeping.  A general rule of thumb would be from the start of August to the end of April.

Are the courses flexible regarding subject matter?

Yes most definitely. We can tailor your course (if you attend on an individual basis) to suit what you want to learn.  For instance, if you have some experience and are comfortable with lighting a smoker and opening a hive, we can spend less time on those activities and more time on others such as splitting and merging beehives or managing small hive beetle.

What is included in our beekeeping courses?

Mt. Coramba Apiculture will supply personal protective equipment such as a beekeeping veil and gloves.  Morning and afternoon tea are included (tea, coffee and a slice of fruitcake or a few biscuits).  We will also supply cold water.  You will need to bring your lunch. We can keep your food cold in our car fridge.

How much do your beekeeping courses and workshops cost?

Our one-day workshops are $200.00 per person.

Our half day workshops are $100.00 per person.

We require a 10% deposit prior to accepting your booking.  This deposit is non-refundable.  

We regret having to ask for a deposit however we are consistently let down by people who change their mind, cancel at short notice or simply don’t turn up.

Can I bring my children?

Yes, no problems at all. They must be at least 16 years of age & pay the full adult price.

Can I bring a friend or relative along?

Yes, observers are welcome provided they pay the full price of $100 for the half-day taster or $200 for the full day beginners workshop.

What do participants need to bring?

Participants at our beekeeping courses and workshops will need to wear covered footwear & long pants.  A hat and sunscreen are essential as we will be outdoors most of the time.  Bring your lunch if you are doing a one day workshop.  Please don’t use too much deodorant or strong perfume before you attend as it gives the bees the gripes!

What fitness level do I need?

Beekeeping requires a moderate level of fitness. While our trainer is happy to assist with lifting bee boxes you should be able to lift 35 to 40-kilo honey supers. Inspecting hives involves lots of bending over and you will be on your feet and in the sun for most of the day. We often work on uneven ground and you should be able to get into and out of a 4wd vehicle. Think hard about committing to a one day workshop if you have mobility issues or a bad back.

Are our courses suitable for a person with a Flow hive?

Yes.  We have a functioning Flow hive in our apiary and we are happy to structure our beekeeping classes with an emphasis on Flow hive management.

What qualifications does our trainer have?

The owner of Mt. Coramba Apiculture, Glenn Locke started beekeeping in the early 1980’s as a 14-year-old.  This lead to a lifelong interest in bees and apiculture.  After a career in the food industry, Glenn took up beekeeping again in 2009.  Glenn has formal qualifications in pests and diseases of honey bees and queen bee breeding.  Glenn also has a certificate IV in training and assessment.  He also volunteers in the NSW Rural Fire Service and regularly assists with training and assessment of other volunteers in the Mid North Coast district.  Glenn is a qualified first aider.

Is there any accommodation nearby?

If you are travelling to Nana Glen from a more distant location you may choose to stay in the Coffs Harbour area the night before the workshop.  The Coffs and Mid North Coast area is a popular tourist area so there is no shortage of accommodation.  We are close to Woolgoolga and there are numerous resorts and camping areas between there and Coffs Harbour.

If you have a caravan, camper or tent you may choose to stay at the Nana Glen Sport, Recreation & Equestrian Centre.  This very popular facility is a couple of kilometres down the road from us.  They have powered sites and hot showers.  Cost is $15.00 per night.

Matilda’s Bedsit/Studio is located on the Orara Way between Nana Glen & Coramba. Our hives are on their property.

Is Mt. Coramba Apiculture a registered training organisation?

No. Mt. Coramba Apiculture is NOT a registered training organisation and we do NOT offer the Certificate III in Beekeeping.

Is Mt. Coramba Apiculture insured?

Yes.  We are always insured for public liability and products liability to a total of $20 000 000.


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