We had a chat with one of our favourite Moreton Bay Region residents, Elaine Parker, to discover her favourite haunts around our slice of paradise.
Elaine is a local mother of 2 teenage boys and grant writing master who has raised thousands of dollars for local community organisations, schools and sporting groups over the years. Here are her top picks for places to visit and events to attend in our region:
John and I moved into our first home in Lawnton on Christmas Eve in 1994, celebrating with a bottle of Moet.
Dayboro Day is my favourite event. It’s a nice scenic drive to Dayboro and provides a great opportunity to soak up the community atmosphere. There is always so much to see, do and of course taste.
I love every grant I have worked on, from the upgrading of the old bitumen playground at Lawnton State School to the amazing play and learning quadrangle – which was one of my absolute favourites – as well as the funding for the introduction of a cooking, gardening and breakfast program at the school.
The region is great, you can travel from the mountains to the beach in just a short drive. The choice of places to visit and events you can attend is endless.
I enjoy reading and walking. There are some great places to go walking in Lawnton, right through to wandering the foreshore at Scarborough and Redcliffe.
It was wonderful to work close to home and to be able to go for a walk at lunchtime around the local sporting fields and see all the local wildlife both around the Arana Leagues Club fields and along Kedron Brook.
I have a few coffee shops I like, but our favourite coffee shop has become The Coffee Club at Strathpine Centre where I meet my husband for a dinner date most Thursday evenings.
A day trip to the Redcliffe Jetty and the Redcliffe Jetty Sunday Markets is always a winner for us.