Three generations of the Charles family have been producing premium Blue Hills Honey since it was established in 1955. The rare Leatherwood honey is sourced from the pristine Tarkine wilderness here in the north west of Tasmania, in an area known for the world’s cleanest air and water.
Blue Hills Honey is located in the small Tasmanian district of Mawbanna, 8 km from Dips Falls and 40 minutes from Burnie Airport. Blue Hills Honey has been exporting bulk honey to Japan for more than 50 years. In 2004 they started exporting under their own brand with varieties ranging from Leatherwood, Manuka, Tarkine Wilderness, Blackberry and Meadow Honey.
Recently, Blue Hills Honey has been successful in receiving Federal Government funding for expansion. The million-dollar project will, over the next two years, increase its production capacity and tourism experience, building a cafe and interpretation centre which will include virtual reality.
Earlier in the year, Blue Hills Honey & State Growth hosted five award-winning Japanese chefs; giving them the experience of harvesting pure Leatherwood honey from a pristine environment, an ingredient used in one of the award-winning dishes. Famous Japanese chef Tetsuya Wakuda presented a masterclass for the visiting chefs, which was sponsored by Austrade. In February a film crew from a Japanese morning show (reaching 8-9 million viewers) featured the Charles family and their unique Tasmanian lifestyle. The show was broadcast in March 2018.
When asked what is good about doing business in the region, co-owner Nicola Charles said: “It’s our environment, cost of living here, plus a supporting community and a wonderful network of producers”. “Where else in the world can you just ring up and source salmon in two hours for a Japanese film crew? Good country hospitality doesn’t happen everywhere.”
Blue Hills Honey has won numerous awards for their Leatherwood honey, including winning Grand Gold at the Monde Selection Quality Awards in Belgium in 2016 and top 5 World Food Products (Jury Selection).