Air Bee N Bee, Honey & Hive

Bowral, New South Wales, AustraliaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Hamish

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Honey is a remarkable food, medicine and ingredient. The taste, viscosity, colour and aromas are linked directly to the floral sources available to the bees. In this immersive experience you will join a local food and wine enthusiast, beekeeper and bon vivant on a honey tasting, overview of the lifecycle of a colony and then suit up and visit a beehive!

The honey tasting provides a unique insight into the different tastes and textures that the bees make as they forage on different flowering plants at various stages in their flowering. Hamish harvests his honey using the Flow Hive system which allows you to take small amounts of honey at a time without disturbing the bees. In turn we get to taste honeys collected weeks and sometimes days apart and compare them. Each has a highly distinctive colour, aroma, flavour and viscosity. All of this alongside leaf tea or plunger coffee and freshly baked scones.

After the morning tea and tasting we “suit up” in a professional sting proof suit, light a smoker and visit the bees. You'll be shown through the different styles and sizes of hive, including the Flow Hive. You’ll be guided through the process of doing a standard inspection, checking the laying pattern of the queen, check for honey stores, and for pests. If we’re lucky we’ll find “Liz” the current queen (lol).

Parts of the apiary are undercover, so rain isn't a problem.
Honey is a remarkable food, medicine and ingredient. The taste, viscosity, colour and aromas are linked directly to the floral sources available to the bees. In this immersive experience you will join a local food and wine enthusiast, beekeeper and bon vivant on a honey tasting, overview of the lifecycle of a colony and then suit up and visit a beehive!

The honey tasting provides a unique insight into the different tastes and textures…
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What's included

  • Food
    You'll be served fresh homemade scones with HONEY of course and tea or coff...
  • Equipment
    You will be provided with a professional sting proof beekeeping suit with a...

Accessibility

No stairs or steps
Accessible parking spot
Mainly flat or levelled ground

Meet your host, Hamish

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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I am a keen beekeeper and got my first hives at school. I love my bees for their work pollinating the food we eat, their environmental impacts, through to the fascinating way they communicate and interact. And they make awesome honey! I am a strong advocate for inclusion, the rights of LGBTIQA people and acknowledge that these experiences take place on Gundangara lands and that sovereignty was never ceded.
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Where you'll be

Hamish's apiary is in town in Bowral and backs onto a lovely creek that runs through town, just at the base of Mt Gibraltar. There is plenty of off-street parking and is walking distance to the towns shops, main street, and railway station.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 111 reviews.

Simonne
January 2022
Wow! What a fun morning! Hamish was an incredible host. He was so knowledgeable about beekeeping and had amazing storytelling and educational teaching skills as explained in fun detail how the bees live! It was incredible to hear how intelligent and sophisticated the bees society is and how the colonies work. Hamish baked us fresh scones with tea and coffee and we were able to taste some different types of honey. I’m so glad we booked this experience and will definitely want to come back a second time.
Natalie
January 2022
Hamish is such an engaging host - so generous with his knowledge, we could have listened to him for hours. The first part of the experience we had a honey tasting and enjoyed scones while hearing about hives and the bee life cycle. Then we suited up and got to see inside one of the hives! Beforehand I was a bit worried about safety, with covid and thinking we might get stung. However everything is outdoors which is good for social distancing and qS delighted to hear no one had been stung on a tour! thanks Hamish for a great morning
Retha
January 2022
Hamish is an expert on anything bees and beekeeping. I learnt sooo much. definitely recommend him for courses and setting up your own beehive .
Jee
January 2022
Highly recommend!! It was wonderful & valuable time to learn about bee keeping. Hamish is such an amazing host who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic with baking talent. Scone was so yum 😋
Bernadette
December 2021
A memorable experience that was entertaining, informative and fun. Hamish was welcoming , helpful , knowledgeable and we left with more understanding of the significance of bees in our world. Highly recommend this tour.
Richard
December 2021
Fantastic trip we had. With a great story teller. We were inspired and enjoyed every minutes on field with small cute honey bees.

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    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 10 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.

What to bring

If you are allergic to beestings you should bring appropriate medication like an epi pen. It is unlikely you will be stung but a possibility.
Covered shoes, ideally a leather boot style that covers the ankles.
Avoid wearing perfume or strong deodorant on the day, the bees don't like strong smells!

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 24 hours before the start time for a full refund.