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Bees on Eureka

World Bee Day exists to spread awareness of the significance of bees for our survival, and encourage actions that create more bee-friendly landscapes. Nearly two-thirds of Australia’s agricultural production benefits from honey bee pollination, so the survival of the bee has big implications for food security.

Melbourne has bees woven all throughout its history and architecture, and we catch glimpses of them all throughout our walking tours. There’s no doubt if you’ve walked through Melbourne city you way have walked through these a plethora of
bees and beehive iconography and art, as they symbolise efficient industry and good agriculture, important for a burgeoning city.

Bees & Honey in Melbourne

You will see Richard Stringer’s Queen Bee sculpture at the base of Eureka Tower, symbolising the hive of the city.  In the ANZ Gothic Bank, which you may have explored on our Golden Mile tour, shows an early Melbourne crest depicting a beehive and boats; and the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows badge shows a beehive, which can be seen in the Manchester Unity Building on our Lanes & Arcades tour.

Did you know there are also rooftop beehives all over Melbourne city? Thanks to Rooftop Honey, beekeepers have been working away on city rooftops for the last ten years. Rooftop Honey has an aim to bring bees back to the city and the suburbs of Melbourne; to raise awareness of the vital role that they play in our eco-systems and to be part of a global effort to help save the honey bee from the various threats of disease and human habitation.

Hidden Secrets Tours are proud to sponsor for nearly 10 years a Rooftop Honey beehive that lives atop Manchester House in Flinders Lane, and we are the happy recipients of a portion of “our” hives gorgeous honey harvest as a result. If you have been on a Lanes & Arcades tour with us you may well have made a turn at the gorgeous orange bicycle in Degraves Street and popped into Clementine’s for a Rooftop Honey tasting with us too. ( when in season)

RooftopHoney  Lanes-and-Arcades-honey-tasting

Tucked into the Block Arcade, you are also likely to recognise Beechworth Honey, produced in Australia since the 1800s. Their Bee Cause Honey supports 1% for the Planet:  1% of the global sales revenue of Beechworth Honey’s Bee Cause range will go to not-for-profit partners that support the environment, bees and biodiversity.  Beechworth Honey are also very involved in advocacy for bees and their habitats through volunteer work with both the Wheen Bee Foundation and Apimondia.

Got a honey craving now?

You can purchase Rooftop Honey, along with their range of beeswax products, candles, seeds to grow your own bee-friendly garden at home, or even sponsor your own hive, all online here. You can also purchase a range of Rooftop Honey products, including the Melbourne Bee Friendly Pack, in-store or online from Melbournalia.

And you can get Beechworth Honey along with a range of gifts, honey-imbued food and drinks, and natural beauty products from their website here. When the time is right, we can’t wait to get out to Beechworth for a day trip to further explore the region and all it has to offer.

Koko Black also has a limited edition range with Dan Hunter of Brae, featuring a Macadamia and Spotted Gum honey crumble in caramelised white chocolate. You can checkout out that range here.

Interested in learning a bit more about bees?

You can have a read of the role of bees in Australian food production via the Wheen Bee Foundation here, where you can also make a donation to fund their work.

You can also check out the award-winning documentary, Honeyland, here.

And, if you’re inspired to grow a bee-friendly garden but are limited on space, the City of Melbourne, committed to greening the laneways, has some great information about gardening for wildlife to inspire Melburnians to create space for nature in the city here, along with information about becoming involved in community gardens too.

Guildford Lane - Greening the Laneways

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  • I am so thrilled I did. Wow, it was so interesting. I am seriously born and bred Melbourne, lived here for 50 years (in inner 'burbs) and worked and walked these city streets probably thousands of times and thought I knew my patch pretty well. This tour was the next level. My Melbourne will never be the same to me again, for which I am truly grateful. I liked it so much we're booked on the Degustation Tour. If you are not a local and you are interested in the quirky side of history and how this staid, yet beautiful city evolved, you will enjoy it. If you are a local, you will marvel at Marvelous Melbourne.
    “I loved it, and I’m a local.” – Jen, Melbourne
  • The tour is really worth every cent. We got two coffees, three sweets, a takeaway coffee mug and even a list + booklets with all the information of the tour. After this experience I wished I will stay longer in Melbourne so I can go explore every venue we passed again. Thums up for this tours! Thanks a lot 'Hidden secrets Melbourne'!
    Cafe Culture tour – Annelies from Netherlands
  • I had enjoyed Lanes and Arcades and Cafe Culture Tours in April 2015 with my family and it was so good that I returned with my friend in August Sept 2015. It really is the best way to make the most of your time in Melbourne to spend time with a guide from Hidden Secrets Tours. They are a wonderful example of Melbourne hospitality and the guests on the tour from all over the world make the experience one not to be missed. Next time I visit Melbourne their progressive High Tea Tour is definitely on my to do list.
    “Hidden Secrets Tours are becoming a must do for our trips to Melbourne.”
  • As Friday night was our last night in Melbourne we had a debriefing about what they had enjoyed the most...and guess what??.. Your tour was the most mentioned activity. One girl said it was the best $12 she had spent. Haha. So once again, a huge thank you for fitting us in and helping broaden our girls view of the food industry. They are so much wiser for the experience. Year 12 - Newcastle High School
    Newcastle High School – March 2014
  • This excellent informative and entertaining tour focused on the inner delights of Melbourne CBD lanes and arcades. Sarah is a wealth of information and is a natural entertainer. Even if like me you have been to Melbourne many times, Sarah still delivered the 'Well I never!" factor. Go on these attractions, they are truly worth every cent. - Trip Advisor - Jan 2014
    Shirley – Lanes & Arcades walk
  • This is honestly the best tour I have ever done anywhere in the world. If you ever visit Melbourne, I strongly recommend that you take this tour.
    Visited January 2014 - tripadvisor
    Via TripAdviser WynonaLavota
  • “Fantastic, Friendly, Interesting”

    The guide was amazing. She had such a wealth of background knowledge about the area that she answered every question as well as expanding on it. I could see she really enjoyed her what she did with enthusiasm and eagerness. It was a truly amazing experience. I would gladly recommend this tour for all those who love history and interesting coffee and eats Reviewed 2 January 2014 on TripAdvisor - Cafe Culture Walk

    Cafe Culture Walk – Sth Africa
  • I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your great hospitality. Thank you for making my Ultimate Australian Adventure with Oprah such and amazing time... 2010 Mary re the specially arranged Lanes and Arcades Walk 
    Mary T of Nova Scotia
  • Last week Jo and I went on your Lanes & Arcades tour and the Sommelier's Tour. They both offered completely different experiences. We had a great time discovering the many wonderful shops and cafes hidden away in the lanes and arcades of Melbourne...
    Robyn of Newcastle NSW
  • Both my friend Glenda & I have been going to Melbourne for years and we would have never known that these “Hidden Treasures” existed. It was fascinating to walk up & down the lanes & arcades and to see a completely different side of Melbourne...
    Kathryn & Glenda – NSW
 
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