imabkpr, We are just into spring this way. The hive I am about to take honey from was my first hive last year and we took off 3 lots last season.
There is plenty of nectar around just now, wattle, titree,moonah , some eucalypts, apple, lavender, mint bush.
As the weather turned a bit cool yesterday I did not go on with robbing as planned but as we are having a problem with ants at the moment I put my 3 hives up on cypress blocks of wood. I had been told that ants do not like cypress timber and on a quick look this morning it seems to have worked well. To lift last years hive I had to use a 6 foot bar to lift one end alone as I could not safely tilt the hive to get the blocks underneath.