Located at the Honey & Wildflower Farm just out of Toodyay in the picturesque Avon Valley, Colin Fleay is a third generation apiarist, having lived in Toodyay all of his life. He has been producing his own honey for 30 years and employs Harold to help run the apiary.
Colin and his partner Ruth run Bee Happy® Honey & Wildflower Farm from their beautiful spot in Toodyay, Western Australia, and have a total of 400 commercial hives and 100 nucleus hives where we breed our Rottnest Island mated breeder Queen bees and build up our bee stock.
As the bees and the business are migratory, Colin travels with his bees to various locations around Western Australia between Lancelin and Boddington, following the wildflower seasons. The honey variety and quantity is determined by the available flora and climate conditions.
Bee Happy® honey, pollen and beeswax is extracted traditionally onsite and then processed in our mobile cold press, before being packaged directly into our pots.
When the season changes and the flower supply is exhausted, the bees are ready to be moved on to a new location. Colin waits until all the bees have returned to the hives that night, covers and packs all the hives onto his truck and drives them to their new location. The bees wake in the morning in their new bushland setting and begin collecting from the surrounding flowers to create their next batch of delicious honey.
Average Yearly CycleBee Happy® bees begin the winter months amongst the coastal sandplain at the back of the Pinnacles in Badjingarra National Park, near Cervantes.
They migrate towards Lancelin in spring to follow the wildflower honey flow, then head down to Jarrahdale and Boddington for collection from native flowering Jarrah eucalyptus trees up until January.
In January and February they move back up the Scarp in search of Redgum flowers, and move east in March and April towards Calingiri, north of Toodyay where they collect pollen from the Whitegum and Wandoo eucalyptus flowers.
Migratory area for Bee Happy bees within Western Australia.
Bee Happy® ProductsTraditionally, Bee Happy® were involved in bulk export, but with the change across to organic production and changes within the industry, we are now focusing on packing and retailing ourselves.
Our range of 100% natural quality honey and bee products include our delicious honey that are available in various sizes and flavour, our popular Ear Candles by Ear Candles Australia, pollen, and our beautiful 100% beeswax handcrafted candles.
Our Rottnest Island mated Queen Bees are also available for purchase, direct from the Bee Happy Honey & Wildflower Farm.
Relax & bee happy & enjoy your visit!
Contact UsColin Fleay & Ruth Hamlyn
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Ph: (08) 9574 2857
Organic Certification for pollen, honey
and beeswax with NASAA (National
Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia Limited).