About Bumbalong Bees
I began keeping bees in 2017 after moving to the Bumbalong Valley. Rising from the cleared valley, the Clear Range offers a vast expanse of native woodland extending into Namadgi National Park in the ACT. The woodlands are full of Yellow Box Eucalyptus, considered to be the best native tree for honey production, producing golden honey with an excellent taste that doesn’t crystallise. The perfect place for bees.
I established a few hives that thrived in the woodlands and my apiary grew. I began selling my bee balms and wraps at local markets, shops and fairs in 2019.
I produce high quality, handmade beeswax products that just do what they are supposed to do. I keep things simple and try as much as possible to use natural and local ingredients and packaging.
On 1 February 2020, the Clear Range Fire emerged from the Orroral bushfire in the Namagi National Park. It devastated the Bumbalong Valley, destroying six homes, many outbuildings and fences. Two floods followed, bringing down rocks and trees from the burnt Clear Range, which has further damaged properties, is silting up the Murrumbidgee and spreading debris across the river banks and road. I lost my beehives in the fires and my workshop was destroyed in the floods.
Fortunately, in my evacuation for the fires, I removed many of my ingredients, including my beeswax and some of my stock and have decided that Bumbalong Bees will continue and grow. I am being supported by an amazing community and volunteers who are committed to rebuilding the Range and the valley. Some beehives will return in Spring 2020 and I am excited to continue to produce high-quality, local and sustainable products.