Opening hours

CLOSED May, June July. Re-opening August 2022

Click and Collect available during our seasonal closure

Our workshops

We offer small group Workshops and Tutorials during the year, including:

  • Introduction to Beekeeping – beekeeping basics including how to light a smoker (and keep it lit), correctly open and reassemble a bee hive, identify castes and lifecycle of a honey bee and how to perform biosecurity inspections.
  • Wax and Wine Workshops – held during Winter, learn how honey bees make wax, how it is collected, rendered and filtered to produce clean, 100% natural beeswax. Create 4 unique beeswax candles whilst indulging in a glass of wine and nibbles.
  • Secret Life of Bees: Open Hive Experience – an immersive beekeeping experience held at one of our urban beekeeping sites to fulfill any lifelong curiosities about what happens inside a beehive, or to develop a sense of whether the craft of beekeeping might be something for you.
  • Beyond Beginner: Advancing your beekeeping skills – theory and practice on advanced beekeeping practice for beekeepers with minimum of two years of active beekeeping experience. An opportunity accelerate your beekeeping learning at one of our urban apiary sites.

All workshops are held or start from at Ballarat Beekeeping Supplies in Central Ballarat. All bookings through Humantix.




Wax and Wine Workshop (1.5hrs)

In this workshop local beekeeper and candle maker Amanda Collins will guide you through how honeybees produce wax, how it is collected, rendered and filtered to create the clean, natural beeswax used during the Workshop. Your will create four unique beeswax candles to take home and enjoy a glass of wine, or our uniquely blended Beekeepers Blend tisane (herbal infusion), and nibbles during the 90 minute session.

Join local beekeeper Amanda Collins for a curated glimpse into the art of beeswax candle making.     $85.00 per person (plus booking fee)

Secret Life of Bees: Open Hive Experience Workshop (2hrs)

The Secret Life of Bees: Open Hive Experience is a curated two hour Workshop held at one of our urban apiary sites. It is an opportunity to fulfil any lifelong curiosity you have for these fascinating insects and get up close and personal. Regarded as the most selfless and industrious creatures in the insect world, you will be guided through the machinations of the hive by local beekeepers Amanda and Scott. Enjoy a honey and mead tasting and take home a 350g jar of your favourite honey.

No beekeeping experience necessary. Full protective equipment supplied.
$65.00 per person (plus booking fee)


Introduction to Beekeeping Course (4hrs)

A four hour theory and practical course which includes hands on practice with two hive openings and how to light a smoker. Join local Ballarat Beekeepers Amanda Collins and Scott Denno for this 4 hour Introduction to Beekeeping Course. Amanda and Scott have been keeping bees for the past 8 years in both urban and rural settings for honey production and agricultural pollination services. Scott holds a Certificate Three in Beekeeping from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Certificate Four in Training and Assessment.

No beekeeping experience required.
$155.00 per person (plus booking fee)

Beyond Beginner: Advancing your beekeeping skills (6hrs)

A six hour beekeeping course including theory and practice in advanced beekeeping techniques which will accelerate your skills in beekeeping. This two part course offers with two or more years of beekeeping experience or graduates of an Introduction to Beekeeping Course, the opportunity to accelerate their learning of advanced beekeeping theory and practice.

$175.00 per person (plus booking fee)

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About us

Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat was established in 2015 by local Beekeepers Scott Denno and Amanda Collins. They manage both backyard beehives and a small number of migratory hives throughout Central Victoria. Scott and Amanda are both registered beekeepers, members of the Victoria Apiarists’ Association and foundation members of Ballarat Regional Beekeepers Inc.

The Accidental Beekeepers

Scott and Amanda became ‘accidental beekeepers’ when they were unexpectedly gifted a hive from a friend in 2013. This lonely hive sat in their back paddock among the sheep while they frantically researched about how to care for the colony. Since then they have both undertaken formal training in beekeeping and biosecurity and are qualified  Emergency Beehive Surveillance Apiarists with the Victorian State Quarantine Response Team (SQRT).

Scott Denno

Scott Denno

Scott has actively pursued further education and training since discovering his passion for beekeeping in 2013. Most recently completing Certificate 3 in Beekeeping with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and being deployed by Agriculture Victoria to Port Melbourne to respond to the recent Varroa destructor interception as part of the State Quarantine Response Team(SQRT). Keen to impart his beekeeping knowledge and experience to others Scott is enrolled in Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessment in to formalise his skills before delivering Beekeeping Courses and Workshops through Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat.

Scott is a foundation member, past President and Biosecurity Officer for Ballarat Regional Beekeepers Inc. and when not involved in Club activities was the Steering Committee Chair of the successful Victorian Beekeeping Clubs Conference 2018 in Ballarat.

Scott takes an active role in Geelong Beekeeping Club where he is also a member and is often involved in mentoring beginner beekeepers in ‘Beginners Corner’. Scott is also a member of the Central Victorian Beekeeping Association (CVAA).

Amanda Collins

Amanda Collins

The synergies between beekeeping, urban farming and food security were what initially drew Amanda to the craft of beekeeping. Since then Amanda has completed four units of Certificate 3 in Beekeeping with NSW Department of Primary Industries in addition to completing Provide First Aid and Food Handling units.

Like Scott, Amanda is a member of the State Quarantine Response Team (SQRT) with Agriculture Victoria and is a foundation member, past President and Committee member of Ballarat Regional Beekeepers Inc. Amanda is passionate about promoting women in beekeeping and is a member of the Victorian Rural Women’s Network and Australian Women in Agriculture (AWIA).

Amanda was instrumental in the success of the Inaugural Victorian Beekeeping Clubs Conference, is a member of the Victorian Apiarists Association (VAA), donor to Australian Honeybee Industry Council, member of Geelong Beekeeping Club and a member of Ballarat Permaculture Guild.

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