Unique products from a unique resource -the wild island of Tasmania.
Tasmania has some of the world's last remaining, most pristine and ancient rainforest, and has the cleanest air and water on earth.
The Leatherwood tree (Eucryphia lucida) - an understorey rainforest tree.
It is the single most important nectar plant for bees in Tasmania accounting for about 70% of all honey produced taking over 70 years to grow to nectar bearing maturity.
Unfortunately under threat by rapacious logging-it is only found in these temperate rainforests, and gives us -the purest and rarest honey and beeswax in the world...
The unique, mystic and intrinsic qualities of Tasmania's golden, exquisite aromatic Leatherwood honey have been compared to the single malt whiskies of Scotland with it’s intense, floral, complex aromatic flavour and aroma with an enviable reputation as a fine gourmet product exported to, and beloved by, connoisseurs worldwide.
Working the bees on the West Coast`
It has been described by one of our leading beekeepers as "a distillate of our ancient wilderness" and when you warm a little of our unscented moisture cream between your hands you can actually breathe in the smell of the rainforest.
Quietly created by honeybees, during spring and summer, when our beekeepers transport hives into the forests of the World Heritage areas in the West and south of the state.
Bee harvesting from Leatherwood flower
In a unique practical partnership to access this remote World Heritage area, have built special rail carriages built that will carry their trucks, with their hives and honey on the world famous ABT funicular railway to Teepookana via Strahan, built by pioneers through truly awe inspiring ( and backbreaking) terrain over 100 years ago.
In a unique practical partnership to access this remote World Heritage area at Teepookana,behind Strahan on Tasmania’s wild west coast, which has no road access, the Stephens family from Mole Creek have built special flatbed rail carriages that will carry their trucks.
R.Stephens beekeepers unique railway loco
carriage loaded up going in to Teepookana
They go in, with their hives, and on a later trip, harvest the honey and return, on the world famous ABT funicular railway –now called the West Coast Wilderness Railway built by pioneers through truly awe inspiring ( and backbreaking ) terrain over 100 years ago.
Amid the fragrant blossoming leatherwoods, the bees turn the abundant nectar from these flowersinto a heavenly-tasting and uniquely fragrant Tasmanian honey.
On West Coast Wilderness railway, entering
The precious beeswax and honey are brought raw and unprocessed (not chemically bleached, deodorised and pelletised as for commercial skincare) direct from the hive to our factory to be gently melted at very low temperature and cleaned by filltering, then incorporated into our all our handmade formulae.
The healing and antibacterial properties of beeswax and honey are legendary and we hope that this will shortly be confirmed by research being undertaken at the University of Tasmania.
Lake Burbury in World Heritage area where hives