I’d love to hear from anyone else local who has purchased from suppliers in South Australia.
I’m new to beekeeping but so far:
Prices are a little less expensive than another local supplier. I went to their shed/shop in Lonsdale (South Australia) to make my purchases. Although the shop isn’t always open, if you phone Colin and his partner and they are nearby they will come and open up for your if they can. Prices on their website are the same as in the shop, except there is a delivery fee that’s pretty expensive. Phone or email them before doing a web order to find out the best deliver price for you. It’s a small two person operation. Colin was very helpful with information and was willing to deliver to my home (I live locally). I haven’t had the chance to use much of what I bought (full length bee suit, be brush, smoker, long gloves, hive J tool, foundation). I’ve used the stainless steel J hive tool to clean up 5 boxes for used frames and hives, it’s still like new. The stainless steel smoker has had two 15 minute test runs and I used it for about 4 hours this week, still looks pretty much like new.
http://www.gilbertbeekeeping.com/ also in Lonsdale
Martin and Lorraine are at the shop most Saturdays. They have a pretty large stock range. Both were very willing to pass on information and ideas to a new beekeeper and they even let my young daughters watch a beekeeping video on their iPad while Lorraine talked with me (keep the kids happy Ikea style). There was a steady flow of old hands visiting the shop while I was there, and the Gilbert’s seemed to know most of them by name. Lorraine sat down with me for about 30 minutes to give me the beginners run down on what was needed to get started, not just products, but also compliance info which is very important as well. Their prices are a little higher than Beeutifull Honey’s. They stock products from different suppliers and have a larger range to choose from. For a new beekeeper, the information is worth the little extra cost.
Overall, I think I’ll check out both suppliers prices, availability of stock, and if they are open when I need the gear, before I buy anything more. Thumbs up to both of them from me.