Past Events



  Qld Country Women’s Association & Honey Bees

The Queensland Country Women’s Association (CWA) chose “Honey” as their Agri-product to study throughout 2019.  Throughout the year many beekeepers were privileged to be a guest at a CWA Branch and talk about “all things bees”.

  QBA Honey Court at the Brisbane Ekka  9-18August 2019

Apiculture Competition – results from 2019 Competition can be viewed here. With the skill of beekeepers preparing their entries, a magnificent display of honey, beeswax and honey Mead was created. Congratulations to all who entered and to all who won the coveted prizes.

Honey Court – located in the Agricultural Pavilion.

This year saw a buzz of activities, from demonstrations of working with live bees, extracting honey and making hand cream, as well as free honey tasting, sale of honey and associated products of the hive, Mead tasting and sales, making mini rolled candles for the young at heart and the friendly and knowledgeable beekeepers at the stand who were always available for a chat. A new activity this year was demonstrating how to make dipped candles using beeswax.


115th QBA Conference and AGM and Field Day at Bribie Island – 30 May to 1 June 2019


WORLD BEE DAY  –  20th May

World Bee Day has been officially recognized by the United Nations to focus attention of the importance of preserving honey bees and other pollinators and recognize the importance of bees for providing for the needs of humanity.

2019 saw a number of events around Australia with several official events held in Canberra to mark this day to bring focus on the dependence life has on pollinators, especially honey bees.

Local activities?  Many were involved with even the simplest of activities including:   *using honey in the home – in baking, in cup of tea or coffee,  *planting and promoting the use of some bee friendly plants in your garden,  *local Markets with information on beekeeping

Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Society Field Day – 10th March 2019

This was hosted by the Gold Coast Amateur Beekeepers Society at the Currumbin Special School, 5 Hammersford Drive, Currumbin Waters.  The Ipswich & West Moreton Beekeepers Association will host the 2020 Field Day.


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QBA Honey Court at the Brisbane Ekka  10-19 August 2018

A successful educational event with this year’s favourites of free honey tasting, live demonstrations of opening a bee hive and extracting honey, free candle making for children, beekeepers to chat to and ask questions, as well as the sale of honey, bee products and Honey Mead.

The Apiculture Competition was very well supported and showcased the best of the best in Qld.  Results can be viewed on the RNA website.

Thank you to all who worked at the Honey Court, entered into the Apiculture Competition and visited the Honey Court.  We look forward to 2019!

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3rd Australian Bee Congress    27 – 30 June 2018

held at RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland

Theme:  Pollination and Beekeeping for the Future

The Congress was for all who work in commercial beekeeping, operate a small number of hives, rely on honey bees for crop pollination, work in partnership with growers and beekeepers or wished to enjoy some of the social activities offered.

Over 900 delegates attended, representing 17 overseas countries and every Australian State and Territory, including Norfolk Island.

  • Speakers  Many Australian and International speakers presented interesting and informative sessions on  research and topics that particularly explored and related to the Congress theme as well as valuable sessions on important practical aspects of beekeeping, diseases, running an Amateur Beekeeping Club, to name a few, and a few sessions on native stingless bees. Many of the speaker’s presentations are available for viewing here
  • Trade Show  catered for every sized beekeeping operation with over 75 Trade Displays from around Australia and the world and included displays ranging from small and basic beekeeping equipment through to large equipment and trucks.
  • Honey Show  Over 200 entries were received in this prestigious Honey Show which included categories for honey, pollen, beeswax and Mead.
  • Social Events All social events were well attended to the enjoyment of all who participated.  These included two pre-Congress tours, an evening to meet and mingle with delegates and Speakers, a High Tea, a Commercial Beekeepers Breakfast, Connecting Young Beekeepers Session, Trade Display evening, a Congress Gala Dinner and a night at the Gold Coast’s famous Outback Spectacular.

QBA Annual Conference  (114th)              Wednesday 27 June 2018

This year was a half-day, Members only AGM and held at the Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast immediately preceding the 3rd Australian Bee Congress held at the same location.


yellow bee flyingBEE Open DaySaturday 28 October 2017 – held at MARY VALLEY COLLEGE, Imbil – (Gympie region approximately 160kms north of Brisbane)

This event was for all interested in honeybees and / or native bees. 

The day’s programme can be found here – go to page 2.

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This year’s Honey Court included new educational activities including honey extracting, frame making, candle making and power point presentations. There was also the ever popular live bee demonstrations, free honey tasting, the selling of honey and bee products and Honey Mead and a magnificent display of entries in the Apiculture Competition.

Hope you were able to visit, spend some time at the Honey Court, tasting, looking, chatting with a beekeeper and learning something new.

yellow bee flyingQld Beekeepers Association Annual Conference & Field Day in Gympie on 29-30 June & 1 July 2017

CONFERENCE GUEST SPEAKERS – Two International Speakers attended

1. Professor Stephen Martin, Chair in Animal Ecology at University in Salford, Manchester, England who spoke on:. **(1) The varroa-viral-honeybee associations and world wide death of honeybees and **(2) Understanding the chemical recognition systems in honeybees and how pests circumvent them

2. Dr Mark Goodwin, Principal Honeybee Scientist at Plant and Food Research, New Zealand who spoke on:  **(1) Protecting Australia from varroa and **(2) Towards eradicating American Foulbrood Disease (AFB)

View the full Conference Agenda here


 yellow bee flyingIpswich & West Moreton Beekeepers Association FIELD DAY

 at the Peak Crossing State School, Peak Crossing

Further information on the Ipswich and West Moreton Beekeepers Association


yellow bee flyingGold Coast Amateur Beekeeping Society’s OPEN DAY

Sunday 25th September at Mudgeeraba Showgrounds

For all Beekeepers from beginners to experienced. Event website

yellow bee flying Valley Bees Open Day – Saturday 10th September 2016 at Mary Valley College, Imbil

A day that celebrated Bees in the Community – Honey Bees, Native Bees and Native Solitary Bees   Event Flyer   (

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The “Ekka”  12 – 21August 2016.   The Honey Court and Apiculture Competition

yellow bee flyingQld Beekeepers Association & AHBIC Annual Conference in Townsville – 13 to 14 July 2016 and Profiles of Conference Guest Speakers


yellow bee flyingMay was National Honey Month.  Read about Queensland’s activities here.


Valley Bees Community Open Day

2015-Valley Bees Day-12 September Valley Bees Schedule -12.9.15

2015 Qld Beekeepers Annual Conference – Cleveland 11-12 June  Read more

012 - Copy2015 Rural Discovery Day 21st May     Read more

Honey Month poster-with May only2015 Honey Month – May 2015    Read more


2014 Honey Court at the Brisbane Ekka  8-16 August  Read more

2014 Qld Beekeepers Association Annual Conference – Toowoomba 12-13 June  Read more

Honey Month poster-with May only 2014 HONEY MONTH  –  May 2014  Read more

Copy (2) of IMG_0307 2014 RURAL DISCOVERY DAY    22 May  Read More 

 Copy of IMG_2063  2014 MOO BAA MUNCH      26-30 March  Read More


IMG_12172013 Honey Court at the Brisbane Ekka   Read More

 IMG_07902013 Qld Beekeepers Association Annual Conference   13-14 June    Read More

2013 RURAL DUSCOVERY DAY    22nd May      Read more Copy (2) of IMG_0615

Copy of IMG_0563   2013 HONEY WEEK & MOO BAA MUNCH    8-12 May   Read more


IMG_00342012 Honey Court at the Brisbane Ekka    Read More

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