Well, I started four years ago. First, I read some good beginning
beekeeping books, I was lucky in a way, that I first thought about keeping
bees in the middle of summer. Because it was too late to start, so I sent
for some books and read them cover to cover(I guess I had too much time on
My hands as I read about five, including "The Hive and the Honeybee", the
"bible" of beekeeping. I guess it must be winter in Australia? Then if I
were You, I would send for some catalogs from local bee supply companies,
they are full of great info on beekeeping and are loaded with useful advice.
Up here in the U.S. We order our bees in the winter to be delivered in early
spring. I'm not sure how Your winters are, are they mild? Nick wallingford,
from New Zealand has a great web page on beekeeping, are You familiar with
it? The address is:
There is one of the worlds best pages of links at this site, and the site
itself is probably the best there is.
And if at all possible, find a local beekeeping club, that is the best place
to find help as locations are so very different even only twenty miles
apart, there are micro-climates that change the fauna where bees get their
nectar. You can find some people there that would be very happy to mentor
You. I was lucky, I found a man in His eighties Who was very helpful, He
taught Me so much. I hope this helps somewhat, if I've left anything out,
please let Me know and I'll be glad to help.
Attleboro, MA U.S.A.