Queensland Beekeepers' Association Inc

Annual State Conferences & Annual General Meetings


Each year the Queensland Beekeepers' Association hosts a State Conference and Annual General Meeting. These events are hosted across Queensland, taking our members to regional locations, major metropolitan centres, and occasionally remote rural locations. 

Each year, our QBA branches take turns at hosting this event. This years conference will take place in Townsville, at the Rydges Southbank Conference & Event centre between the 11th & 12th of July 2024.

In 2024, the QBA will host the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) AGM on Wednesday 10th July 2024. Wednesday evening the QBA will kick off 4 days educational enrichment with the QBA Welcome Event & Networking Evening which will provide a means for our delegates to mingle with our international & domestic guest speakers and experts, in addition to other dignitaries and special guests. 

Thursday and Friday (11th  & 12th July 2024) will see the QBA Conference program 'Sustainable Beekeeping Beyond Varroa' delivered to more than 300 delegates, covering topics related to our changing pest and disease landscape, and understanding the challenges that exist beyond our borders.  

On Friday evening the QBA will mark a special milestone as we gather to celebrate the 120th Annual General Meeting of our association. This night will see our guests enjoy a 3-course fine-dining meal showcasing the best local produce from Far North Queensland, with all dishes infused with a wide diversity of world class Australian honeys. 

Our conferences are a great opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded individuals, learn from the research and industry development specialists who continue to push the boundaries to support our sector to build strong, healthy and happy bees, and your chances to speak with beekeeping trade specialists who provide a hands on look into the latest innovations in beekeeping equipment and supplies.  

Following on from our two jam packed days at the conference, the QBA is collaborating with Townsville City Council, Townsville & District Beekeepers to coordinate the biggest community festival the north of our state has seen with a core bee-centric message.

Planning for this event is currently underway and it is certain to be a great day out for anyone who has a passion for honey bees, beekeeping, beekeeping equipment, trade suppliers, field equipment, market stalls and more. 

If you're keen to have a trade stand at the community festival (Saturday 13th July) please contact our QBA Support Officer Steph as a matter of priority (info@qbabees.org.au).

If you're company is keen to support the QBA as we continue to challenge the conventional boundaries of engagement and take our beekeepers on the journey of enrichment, send Steph an email and we'll arrange to send you a copy of our 2024 Annual Prospectus. 

With over 11,000 organic engagements across social media and our communications channels, you'd be kicking yourself for not investing in the QBA. 

So ensure you mark the 10th - 14th July in your calendar. Bee sure to register to attend our conference today (see the event information below) as tickets are selling quickly and experience why everything is better north of the NSW border. 

Note: if you've never attended one of our conferences or field day explore the gallery below. The photos are a collection of the events we've hosted in 2021 and 2022. We're looking forward to snapping more memories in 2023 to add to this expanding collection. 


2024 QBA Sponsorship Prospectus



2024 QBA Conference Program 


Upcoming events

    • 15 June 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Honey Farm Resort- 20 Hasthorpe Road, Kandanga

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 29 June 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 43 Farrell Street, Yandina


    Monthly Meetings are held in the Clubroom. We have Guest Speakers and Demonstrations. All Welcome

    For further information contact Lynne at the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers- https://www.sunshinecoastbeekeepersinc.org.au/

    • 06 July 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Landcare Nursery- Cnr Groves & Old Maryborough Road, Gympie

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 10 July 2024
    • Rydges, Southbank Townsville


    • 11 July 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 July 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Rydges Southbank Townsville, 23 Palmer Street South Townsville QLD 4810
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    Register

    The Executive Board of the Queensland Beekeepers' Association Inc is delighted to announce our 2024 State Conference & 120th Annual General Meeting will take place at the Rydges Southbank Townsville, in the Grand Ballroom between Thursday 11th & Friday 12th of July 2024.

    General registration opens April 2024. Please check our website (www.qbabees.org.au) and our social media pages for more information. 

    This year the Queensland Beekeepers' Association reaches another important milestone in our 138 year history as the organisation gathers on mass with our beekeepers, researches and industry supplies to mark our 120th Annual General Meeting. 

    In 2024, the QBA recognise after more than 200 years of Australian Beekeeping the industry is collectively turning the page on the next chapter of our story. The QBA is of the position our next chapter should be titled 'Sustainable Beekeeping Beyond Varroa'. 

    Our 2024 conference ‘Sustainable beekeeping beyond varroa’ will address four strategic areas of focus:

    • The Future of Australian Beekeeping: Adapting to a changing pest & disease landscape
    • Beyond our Borders: Protection, Preservation and Prosperity for Australian Beekeepers
    • The Business of Beekeeping: Unlocking profit in your beekeeping operation
    • Resilience Redefined: Impacts of extreme weather events and the apiculture industry

    We choose to focus our attention on our collective future, protecting and preserving beekeeping in Australia for the next generation of recreational and commercial beekeepers. 

    Mid-March we will officially launch our conference program, list of international & domestic speakers together with a number of extension events that run between Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th July 2024.

    Click here to see the Conference Program

    The fusion of the AHBIC AGM, QBA Welcome Networking Night, QBA Conference, and the Annual Dinner, will see Townsville buzzing with activity as our delegates forage about, enriching their knowledge for beekeeping as we embark on our collective journey to Sustainable Beekeeping Beyond Varroa. 

    If you're interested in supporting the QBA through Sponsorship in 2024, we invite you to explore our 2024 Sponsorship Prospectus.

    Click here to see our Sponsorship Prospectus

    We encourage you to reserve your ticket early and complete early ticket payment in April 2024 to secure your seat. 

    Bee-certain to experience one of the best beekeeping conferences in Australia in 2024. 

    For any inquiries please email info@qbabees.org.au

    Registration Payments:

    All payments are to be finalised by close of business Friday 28th June 2024.

    Payment can be made online via credit or debit card or via funds transfer. 

    *All registrations with outstanding payments will be cancelled as of Sunday 30th June 2024.

    Refunds - All requests for refunds (after the 20th June 2024) will be considered by the executive of the QBA Management with the committee's decision final. Requests for refunds must be emailed to the QBA State Secretary in writing. 

    Click here to download a copy of the rules for this event. 

    Thank you again for completing your registration to attend our event. We're looking forward to seeing you at Conference 2024!

    • 20 July 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Honey Farm Resort- 20 Hasthorpe Road, Kandanga

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 27 July 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 43 Farrell Street, Yandina


    Monthly Meetings are held in the Clubroom. We have Guest Speakers and Demonstrations. All Welcome

    For further information contact Lynne at the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers- https://www.sunshinecoastbeekeepersinc.org.au/

    • 03 August 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Landcare Nursery- Cnr Groves & Old Maryborough Road, Gympie

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 10 August 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 August 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • RNA Showgrounds

    Join us at The Ekka in 2024. Visit us in the Ag Hall between 9:00am and 6:00pm from 

    • 10 August 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 43 Farrell Street, Yandina


    Monthly Bee Workshops are held in the Clubroom.

    Bookings are essential!

    For further information contact Lynne at the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers- https://www.sunshinecoastbeekeepersinc.org.au/

    • 17 August 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Honey Farm Resort- 20 Hasthorpe Road, Kandanga

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 31 August 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 43 Farrell Street, Yandina


    Monthly Meetings are held in the Clubroom. We have Guest Speakers and Demonstrations. All Welcome

    For further information contact Lynne at the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers- https://www.sunshinecoastbeekeepersinc.org.au/

    • 07 September 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Landcare Nursery- Cnr Groves & Old Maryborough Road, Gympie

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 21 September 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Honey Farm Resort- 20 Hasthorpe Road, Kandanga

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 28 September 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 43 Farrell Street, Yandina


    Monthly Meetings are held in the Clubroom. We have Guest Speakers and Demonstrations. All Welcome

    For further information contact Lynne at the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers- https://www.sunshinecoastbeekeepersinc.org.au/

    • 05 October 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Landcare Nursery- Cnr Groves & Old Maryborough Road, Gympie

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 12 October 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 43 Farrell Street, Yandina


    Monthly Bee Workshops are held in the Clubroom.

    Bookings are essential!

    For further information contact Lynne at the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers- https://www.sunshinecoastbeekeepersinc.org.au/

    • 19 October 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Honey Farm Resort- 20 Hasthorpe Road, Kandanga

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 26 October 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 43 Farrell Street, Yandina


    Monthly Meetings are held in the Clubroom. We have Guest Speakers and Demonstrations. All Welcome

    For further information contact Lynne at the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers- https://www.sunshinecoastbeekeepersinc.org.au/

    • 02 November 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Landcare Nursery- Cnr Groves & Old Maryborough Road, Gympie

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 16 November 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Honey Farm Resort- 20 Hasthorpe Road, Kandanga

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 30 November 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 43 Farrell Street, Yandina


    Monthly Meetings are held in the Clubroom. We have Guest Speakers and Demonstrations. All Welcome

    For further information contact Lynne at the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers- https://www.sunshinecoastbeekeepersinc.org.au/

    • 07 December 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Landcare Nursery- Cnr Groves & Old Maryborough Road, Gympie

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


    • 21 December 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Honey Farm Resort- 20 Hasthorpe Road, Kandanga

    Hands-on Bee workshops.

    Free entry. Bring your Hat & Veil. Otherwise, there are some to loan.

    For further information contact Maree at Valley Bees

    https://www.valleybees.org.au/


Past events

08 June 2024 Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Workshop- June
01 June 2024 Valley Bees Landcare Honeybee Workshop Session- June
25 May 2024 Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Meeting- May
18 May 2024 Valley Bees Honeybee Farm Resort Workshop Session- May
04 May 2024 Valley Bees Landcare Honeybee Workshop Session- May
30 April 2024 National Transition to Management Program Update
27 April 2024 Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Meeting- April
20 April 2024 Valley Bees Honeybee Farm Resort Workshop Session- April
13 April 2024 Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Workshop- April
06 April 2024 Valley Bees Landcare Honeybee Workshop Session- April
23 March 2024 Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Meeting- March
16 March 2024 Valley Bees Honeybee Farm Resort Workshop Session- March
08 March 2024 QBA Varroa Mite Workshop - Cairns QLD (8th March 2024)
06 March 2024 QBA Varroa Mite Workshop - Bundaberg QLD (6th March 2024)
05 March 2024 QBA Varroa Mite Workshop - Warwick QLD (5th March 2024)
04 March 2024 QBA Varroa Mite Workshop - Sandstone Point (4th March 2024)
02 March 2024 Valley Bees Landcare Honeybee Workshop Session- March
01 March 2024 QBA Brisbane Branch
24 February 2024 QBA Stanley Rivers Branch
24 February 2024 Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Meeting- February
17 February 2024 QBA Toowoomba Branch
17 February 2024 QBA Wide Bay Branch
17 February 2024 Valley Bees Honeybee Farm Resort Workshop Session- February
10 February 2024 Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Workshop- February
03 February 2024 Valley Bees Landcare Honeybee Workshop Session- February
27 January 2024 Sunshine Coast Beekeepers Meeting- January
24 January 2024 QBA Toolbox talk Episode 7 - Transition to Management Update
20 January 2024 Valley Bees Honeybee Farm Resort Workshop Session- January
04 November 2023 Gold Coast Beekeepers Field Day
30 September 2023 QBA Stanley River Branch Meeting
12 August 2023 QBA @ The Ekka
17 June 2023 2023 QBA Toowoomba Field Day
15 June 2023 Queensland Beekeepers Association 119th AGM & 2023 State Conference
05 May 2023 QBA Toolbox Talks - Episode 2
28 April 2023 QBA Toolbox Talks - Episode 1
17 March 2023 QBA Meeting with Director General Queensland Department of Environment and Science
18 February 2023 Toowoomba Branch Meeting
16 February 2023 Plant Health Australia Industry Liaison Training
14 February 2023 DAF Webinar - PALM Workforce Program
26 November 2022 QBA Stanley River Branch Meeting
23 November 2022 Webinar: Bees - The buzz about bee biosecurity in Australia
19 November 2022 QBA Toowoomba Branch Meeting
19 November 2022 QBA Wide Bay Branch Meeting
25 June 2022 QBA Warwick Branch Open Day
23 June 2022 Queensland Beekeepers Association 2022 AGM & State Conference
03 June 2021 Queensland Beekeepers Association 2021 AGM & State Conference
11 June 2020 CANCELLED - Queensland Beekeepers Association 2020 AGM & State Conference
01 June 2019 2019 Queensland Beekeepers Field Day
30 May 2019 2019 AGM & State Conference

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