By Emma Le Breton
Buzzy, busy and bold, bees are vital to our ecosystem and our agriculture. Their colours are also wonderfully dramatic. What is not to love?
Here are five places to see these natural wonders on the Sunshine Coast.
1. Your garden
This is both the easiest and most exciting place to see bees. Bees adore the warm climate of the Sunshine Coast and if your garden is full of flowers, or even just has a sweet-smelling camellia plant you’re almost certainly going to see a buzz of excitement. Why not grow some fruit and vegetables while you’re at it to eat with all that delicious honey? If you want information on what plants attract the most bees this website is handy: http://beefriendly.ca/25-plants-for-bees-in-your-garden/
2. The Ginger Factory
If you want a guaranteed bee sighting and a little more information head to the Ginger Factory at Yandina and watch thousands of bees on the crawl. This venue also offers a tour of the beehives, with different species of bees and hosts talks with a professional beekeeper about the process of keeping bees and honey making with an included Q&A four times a day. Along with this they provide free honey tastings, cut from the honeycomb in front of you, bees still crawling on it and all, and more bee related food and gifts than you’ve likely seen in your lifetime.
50 Pioneer Road, Yandina. Admission Child: $11; Adult: $15; Senior: $13; Family: $57
If you look along the main street of Montville along with the indie shops and beautiful flower beds you’ll see some pretty little pollinating friends just asking you to take their picture as they buzz from flower to flower. Near the community centre you can even hang out in one of the large fig trees, pick a few flowers for yourself and admire the bees in the camellia plants higher than your head.
If they have flowers bees are going to bee there (see what I did there?). Along the hinterland especially, you’re going to see an abundance of bees and not just along the orange and purple flowers all along the roadside up there. Try looking through the viewing area at Mary Caincross Park (a great place to spread your honey on a scone) or on scenic walks near the Glass House Mountains or the Kondalilla or Mapleton falls areas
Noosa National Park is a great place to spot hives of native stingless bees. These guys are smaller than their cousins and look a little like flies so might be a bit harder to find, but doesn’t everything in Australia look like a fly? It’s a real life Where’s Wally game.
By Emma Le Breton