The Urban Beehive manages over 20 sites across Sydney, and we offer beekeeping management within Metropolitan Sydney. We also offer hive hosting options for businesses, and private mentorship for residents with their own beehive.
A helping hand for backyard beekeepers and hosting opportunities for businesses.
If you already own a beehive we can help with regular inspections and expert mentorship from beekeepers with many years’ experience.
Whether it's beehives owned and managed by us, or your own backyard bees that need a little TLC, we're here to ensure each beehive is happy and healthy.
Hiring The Urban Beehive means your honeybees will get the attention they need to thrive.
Extra support for Sydney’s beekeepers
– Available for beekeepers who already have their own beehive
– Learn from the experts
– Help in meeting DPI record requirements
– Stress-free beekeeping: gain confidence in handling your bees
– Assistance with honey harvests
– Learn how to deal with grumpy bees
– Hourly rates
Host a hive and support local pollinators
– The ultimate sustainability initiative
–Professional beekeepers with established clients
– Honey allocation
– Social media buzz
– Hands-off: leave it to the experts
– Record management as required by DPI
It is hard work collecting nectar to turn it into honey, but the bees love it. Our job is to make it easier for them by inspecting their hives regularly to ensure they have a warm, clean and safe environment. Honeybees are susceptible to pests and diseases and it takes a knowledgeable beekeeper to check on the health of the beehive. Inspections are carried out at a minimum once a month, maybe more during spring. Records are kept of every inspection and can be read by anyone wanting to follow the progress of the beehive.
Each of our beehive locations are unique and we have a checklist of what makes a site suitable. It's worth noting that we don't place beehives over 10 stories high because this is out of the bees flying range. Think you might have a great spot? Send us an email along with some photos and we’ll get back to you with a checklist and the opportunity to be eligible for a location inspection. We make sure that every apiary is set up and ready to go before moving the beehives in, which promises peace of mind for us – and them.
The legalities of running a beekeeping business.
The Urban Beehive’s Vaucluse House Honey is one of our best sellers at the museum shop at Vaucluse House. It is a great quality product, and as the honey is sourced from the hives that are part of the museum’s kitchen garden, it is a perfect souvenir or gift. Museums of History NSW also sells The Urban Beehive’s Sydney honey at the Hyde Park Barracks’ Museum shop and the Bullion Store, located at The Mint. Both products are very popular with visitors and staff alike.
At Carriageworks, we have five busy beehives tucked into an old yellow railway traverser by the tracks – see if you can spot them as you pass by on the train! The wonderful team at The Urban Beehive lovingly manages the welfare of our bees and harvests the delicious Sweet Arts honey that we sell at the Carriageworks Farmers Market every Saturday.
The Urban Beehive is the only store you want to deal with if you want to keep bees for environmental sustainability. Vicky and Doug trained me in beekeeping as well as providing all the gear and support – they are the best beekeepers: authentic, kind and most helpful, and nothing was too much for them.
The Urban Beehive has been tending the hives on the roof of Bourke Street Bakery, Banksmeadow, for six years. The hives produce an abundance of delicious honey, which we sell in our bakeries. I highly recommend getting some urban beehives on your roof.
The Urban Beehive has been looking after the hives in the Vaucluse House kitchen garden for eight years. Apart from expertly harvesting and bottling the most delicious honey for our shop – which always sells out! – Vicky’s regular check-ups keep the bees happy and healthy.
Vicky and Doug love to share their incredible knowledge and I have learned a new mind-blowing bee fact at every one of their visits. The more I learn the more I’m in awe of these mysterious honey producing, pollinating, little geniuses! Such a great team.
I was lucky enough to be gifted a beekeeping course with The Urban Beehive and it was fantastic! Not only are the beekeepers highly experienced and thoughtful in the way that they present this important topic, they invest deep levels of care and commitment into ensuring that the bees are always the priority, and that students are aware of the vital importance of urban pollinators in the city. If you have any interest in bees, sign up now. You won’t regret it.
I have been purchasing quality beekeeping equipment from The Urban Beehive for years now. Shipping costs to South Australia are very reasonable and all orders have arrived quickly and packed well. Not only that, but at the height of spring when all other stores had run out of Australian beeswax foundation, The Urban Beehive had plenty in stock. I’m sold!
Call or email a quick brief and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
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Yes! Participation is welcome and it’s a great way to learn more about the bees. With prior notice, protective gear can be supplied.
Each hosting arrangement is unique. Evaluation is made on your honey requirements and the site we are working on.