Australian beekeeping books

Our customers are mostly based in Australia so it makes sense to stock good quality Australian Beekeeping books. Co-founder Doug Purdie has authored two books, which you can get signed in the shop or request to have signed before posting. Other books are also available: delve deep into Australian flora, beekeeping practices and our very special native bees. Check out the range and pick out a favourite. They also make great gifts!

Australian beekeeping books

southern hemisphere knowledge

Find the right book for you

There's lots of great beekeeping books out there but buying Australian means you'll get the right knowledge for our seasons.


Backyard Bees

A complete guide to establishing and maintaining a backyard beehive. Australia’s number one bee book!
Urban Beehive beekeeper Doug Purdie's book Backyard Bees


The Bee Friendly Garden

The Bee Friendly Garden is a guide to encouraging bees and other good bugs into your green space, no matter the size of your garden.
Urban Beehive beekeeper Doug Purdie's book The Bee Friendly Garden


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Photo books

Stunning photographic coffee-table books showcasing the beauty of bees from around the world. 

Educational books

From beginner to advanced beekeeping, as well as niche books on topics such as pollen. 

Makers books

From beeswax wraps to candle making and everything in between, make it happen with the right book. 



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Doug Purdie is available for events and book signings. Send us an email to provide more info about your event.

All books featured online are available to buy from our Matraville store. You are welcome to come in and look at a book before purchasing, or ask for advice on choosing the right one.

We are always open to stocking new books in our store but not all books will be suitable for our customers. Feel free to email about a book you think we might be interested in.

Our products are not usually gift wrapped but if you put a special request in when ordering we can wrap a book in brown paper and string.