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Kangaroo Island Beehive

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published January 30th 2014
The place to BEE on Kangaroo Island
There are some very exclusive bees on Kangaroo Island. They don't wear Jimmy Choo shoes or sport Prada handbags, but they do live in a distinctive sanctuary. The Ligurian bee colony on Kangaroo Island is unique in the world. These bees can trace their ancestry back to Bolonga, Italy.
Kangaroo Island Beehive
Kangaroo Island Beehive


Kangaroo Island Beehive is one of the first and also one of the largest honey producers in Australia, extracting around 100 thousand tonnes of honey a year.

Kangaroo Island Beehive promotes information about the Ligurian Bee Sanctuary, bees and bee products. These bees are known for their gentleness and productivity. Their pure strain make them a valuable genetic pool for breeding. Kangaroo Island has been a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary since 1885.
Kangaroo Island Beehive
Fascinating facts on the secret life of bees

The café sells coffee, warm scones with honey, and honey ice cream. Children are well catered for in the café with a play area and an active beehive to observe.

Kangaroo Island Beehive Shop
Kangaroo Island Beehive Shop


Kangaroo Island Beehive Shop
Choices, choices ...

The shop sells honey in a huge range of flavours (Spring Flora, Stringy Bark, Sugar Gum, Coastal Flora, Cup Gum and Cramed Honey), bee products and other South Australian delicacies (such as Roo Poo and FruChocs).
South Australian Delicacies
South Australian Delicacies


Regular tours are available for the public and coach groups.
Kangaroo Island Beehive tours
Kangaroo Island Beehive tours


It's hard to go past the cute little Honey Chocolate bars that make a great gift to take home. A serious look beyond the short term satisfaction of lip smacking flavours is also warranted. Bees are an essential part of our food chain. Without their flower appreciation and pollination we might all starve. Kangaroo Island Beehive have an eye on the immediate and future view of feed the world. They breed and export healthy queen bees to other worldwide locations from their disease-free colony on Kangaroo Island.

Kangaroo Island Beehive
Kangaroo Island Beehive
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When: Open daily 9.00 - 5.00pm
Closed Christmas Day
Phone: 08 8553 0080
Cost: Free admission to the shop, information centre and café
Your Comment
I love Kangaroo Island.
by Belinda Price (score: 2|424) 2385 days ago
How are bees holding up in Australia? In Britain they're not doing so well.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2385 days ago
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