Honey bee husbandry is fascinating. Australia is fortunate to be the only continent spared the depredations of the Varroa destructor mite. As a result, beekeeping here is much easier and more rewarding than in the rest of the world. A great deal of information about bees and beekeeping is available on the Internet. As a starting point, an introduction to science of the honeybee is available from this link.
European Honey Bee Apis mellifera Encyclopedia of Life Entry
Moonah Tree Melaleuca lanceolata Victorian Government Department of Primary Industry site