Welcome to Moreton Bay, a region where the true champions are not just the businesses, but the people who bring them to life. From the serene southern hinterland to the pristine northern coast, our local tourism heroes craft a range of experiences that offer an authentic glimpse into our destination.
These dedicated individuals are the heart and soul of Moreton Bay; they personify the richness and variety of delicious experiences that await you on your visit. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, family-friendly fun, or want to taste the flavours of our local cuisine, it's the people behind these businesses who can bring these opportunities to life.
Join us on our journey to meet the faces and read the stories of the #MoretonBayLocalHeroes that make Moreton Bay a truly delicious place to explore.
Dr. Calvin and Rosemary Irons are the founders of Mathema Gallery, a unique destination for mathematics enthusiasts and curious minds – the first of its kind in Australia.
The husband-and-wife due have dedicated their lives to mathematics, amassing over 50 years of experience in mathematics education.
Originally from the United States, they studied and taught in multiple states before relocating to Australia, where they held teaching positions at Queensland University of Technology. Here, they played significant roles in shaping mathematics curricula for primary schools, and Dr. Calvin received outstanding achievement awards for his work.
Together, they've authored and co-authored more than 600 books and articles about mathematics. Dr. Calvin continues to contribute to the field through his writing, with more books in the pipeline.
Throughout their academic lives, the pair built up an impressive collection of mathematical artefacts, artworks, books and more. With no children of their own, and no one to inherit their thousands of books about mathematics, they decided to share their collection with the community and started Mathema Gallery.
They had long dreamed of creating the museum in Moreton Bay region, since 2017. Their commitment to making mathematics accessible to all has been a driving force behind this venture, making them perfect for Moreton Bay Local Hero status.
"Wow, what a fantastic place. This has been so well curated and such a focus on making the exhibitions accessible to children. This will be a great resource for schools and parents for years to come." - Paul
"Beautiful Gallery, lots of history, interesting facts and information about mathematics. The gallery has a good layout, clean and well presented. The owner who was 30+ years in mathematics profession was friendly and took us around. Highly recommend to spend some time if you are in the area." - Boon
"Super interesting math gallery, very well presented. The owners were lovely and very involved in showing us around! Would definitely recommend visiting." - Sai
Meet the charismatic, down-to-earth, and fun-loving Jason Brown, the heart and soul behind G’Day Adventure Tours.
Jason isn't just your typical tour guide. Having spent the majority of his life on Bribie Island after moving in 1996, he is a walking, talking repository of Bribie's local knowledge. He has said that his first impression of the island was that of a quiet and sleepy place. But little did he know that it would become the backdrop for his adventures and the basis of his business G’Day Adventure Tours since 2016.
Jason leads his guests with a fun-loving and friendly approach that's uniquely Australian, just like himself. His local insights provide a richer, deeper experience of Bribie Island that only a local can offer.
But the ride to get to where he is today wasn’t a straight line. After experiencing burnout from the demands of the gas industry, Jason embarked on a journey of self-discovery and in true entrepreneurial style, he tried and tested a few career changes before his dad suggested a 4WD tour company - after all, 4WDing is one of Jason's favourite pastimes.
Nine months on from deciding the business name, Jason ran his first tour, and seven years later he’s still going! Even through the challenges COVID-19 presented, his resilience shone through as he diversified and collaborated with other operators, ensuring that visitors, both local and international, could continue to explore the island’s offerings.
If there’s anything we’ve learned about Jason, it’s that he shows the very spirit of a local who knows that every setback is just a stepping stone towards something greater, earning him a Moreton Bay Local Hero status.
"We had an awesome 3hr, 4WD Bribie Island tour with G’Day Adventure Tours. Our tour guide, Jason was friendly, laid back and shared his extensive knowledge of the islands history and habitat. A small intimate group, so you receive a personalised tour which is suitable for adults and kids. My 10yr old loved it." - Kylie
"We had a fantastic time with Jason on an unforgettable 4 wheel drive trip along 31kms of pristine white sandy beach at Bribie Island. We saw a white eagle, a wallaby and a grey kangaroo. Jason shared history of WW2 bunkers of Forte Bribie. We kayaked in the tea-tree lagoons and thoroughly enjoyed our trip." - SK
"Can't recommend Jason from G'day Adventure Tours highly enough. He is very friendly. His knowledge of the Bribie area is very informative. He shows you the local landmarks, plus wild life and vegetation and fills you in on the history of Bribie Island." - Linda
Candice Kiss, originally from Bundaberg, has dedicated her life to the culinary arts. Her journey through the food landscape shows her dedication to crafting a career that feeds both the stomach and the soul and impacted on Moreton Bay's tourism scene.
At just 16 years old, Candice made a bold move, leaving her hometown to explore opportunities in the Whitsundays. She honed her skills in various restaurants, from cosy local eateries to bustling franchises, and she was offered a head chef role in Adelaide before even completing her apprenticeship!
A twist in her journey led her to Cape York, where she delved into working with native ingredients like Green Ants, Kakadu plum, and desert limes, adding a distinctive touch to her cooking.
Candice found her culinary home in Toowoomba, spending nine years in a local café building her passion for vegan cuisine. This passion led to the launch of her very own food truck, which quickly gained popularity.
And for the past handful of years, Gather & Feast at Caboolture and Annie Lane Café at Bribie Island - which is Candice's hometown - have been her creative havens. It is at these cafes that she curates an indulgent brunch-based menu that suit vegans, and those seeking sugar-free, keto, and gluten-free options.
Annie Lane in particular has been one of her most meaningful ventures yet, named after her grandmother who is suffering from dementia.
Candice's dedication to the hospitality industry has remained unwavering and her growth and desire to share the art of food and hospitality with the world has provided Moreton Bay with two popular eateries and made Candice a Moreton Bay Local Hero.
"Came here on holidays and loved it so much I returned the very next day. The hash was AMAZING and so was the bene. Drinks are top shelf too! All of them! I'd go here all the time if I could, and I'm from Melbourne." - Jo
"Annie Lane was a pleasure to eat at. The food tasted amazingly & it is presented with such care. They had great options, including vegan & gluten free options. Sweet & savoury breakfast/brunch varieties to suit all! Highly recommend!" - Katie
"Very cute little cafe - great atmosphere. Food was delicious and beautifully plated. Very impressive! I love that this cafe sources their products from local suppliers." - Melanie
Joaben and Lucy Thompson are the passionate hosts and owners of Maiala Park Lodge, an award-winning luxury accommodation venue situated on Garumngar country of the Jinibara nation in Moreton Bay.
In 2022, the husband-and-wife team were honoured with the Judges Choice award in the Queensland Tourism Awards, a testament to their dedication and the unique experience they’ve built. The lodge itself is a blend of tradition and indigenous themes with each of its five rooms thoughtfully styled to reflect the rich local history and culture.
Joaben, a proud Inningai/Wakka Wakka man, brings a unique blend of experiences to the lodge; from his early years spent learning about his culture and country from his Poppy, David Thompson, to his service in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. At Maiala Park Lodge, his warm and friendly demeanour shines through as he enjoys sharing a chat with guests and assisting with their needs. He's the force behind the well-maintained grounds and kitchen, but he also takes pride in using his talents to further cultural knowledge through indigenous art.
Lucy brings her corporate and government experience to Maiala Park Lodge. With a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts and a Master of Environmental Management, her career background in PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Queensland Government, and various leadership roles in the community equips her to curate personalised experiences for guests. And her passion for enhancing the lodge's surroundings through gardening, painting, sewing, and crocheting adds a personal touch to the guests' stay, making it truly special.
Together with their daughter Ava, Joaben and Lucy have revitalised Maiala Park Lodge to the thriving accommodation experience it is today, making them Moreton Bay Local Heros.
"Paradise in the mountains. We were gifted two nights here and have just experienced the most relaxing weekend. The hosts are fantastic young people who take much pride in what they have achieved. Our room (pademelon) was fantastic, quiet comfortable and easy access to the main house kitchen and facilities. Lots to do in the surrounding area, or do nothing and relax. A wonderful place to get away from it all." - Rob
"Stayed the night for a work retreat. We had a great time. The Lodge was stunning and immaculately presented. It was warm and welcoming and Joe and Lucy were great hosts. The meeting space was bright and airy, very good for group meetings." - Kellie
"We had a wonderful weekend with friends at Maiala Park Lodge. Joeban, Lucy and Ava were the best hosts. The rooms are beautiful, bed comfortable and shared spaces within the Lodge are fantastic. There's great walks in the area and plenty of wildlife. We were greeted by a Kookaburra on arrival. The jar of homemade white chocolate macadamia cookies was a special treat." - Jenny
Meet Shaun Reeves, the visionary entrepreneur spearheading Hip Hops Brewers, a brewery that has become a cornerstone of the Brendale community since its inception earlier this year. Shaun’s story with Hip Hops is a testament to his deep ties to the Moreton Bay region, his love for a good beer, and commitment to the local community.
Hips Hops Brewers’ journey kicked off in 2020 when Shaun, with his background as a business adviser and accountant in the region for over 30 years, saw an opportunity. Upon learning of the closure of White Brick Brewing, led by the talented brewer Adam Gibb, due to the pandemic, Shaun made the leap into the world of brewing.
Spurred by his love for beer and profound sense of community, Shaun couldn’t let Adam’s beer making talent go untapped, nor could he give up the chance to add to enrich the craft brewing landscape of Moreton Bay. Teaming up with other brewmaster Barret Bravo, the dynamic trio now carries forward Adam’s talent in a community-focused, environmentally conscious, and family-friendly venue in Brisbane’s north.
Shaun’s vision for the brewery was inspired by a desire to create an inclusive space. He’s not just in it for the beer; he’s in it for the people, making him a Moreton Bay Local Hero. The venue at The Sheds precinct embodies this vision; it offers outdoor areas for families, a trendy indoor atmosphere, and even a mezzanine with a second bar perfect for celebrations.
And did you know that Shaun’s talent extends beyond business? He’s also the mastermind artist behind the captivating artwork adorning the brewery’s products.
"The atmosphere is amazing with plenty of room to sit and enjoy the great food and tasty selection of drinks. Very kid friendly and inclusive of anyone. The service is super quick and all the staff are friendly." - Taylor
"Such great service! The staff are so welcoming and go out of their way to give good service. Awesome space for the kids too." - Amy
"Great food, beers and atmosphere. Staff are friendly and the chicken wings are the bomb, so well worth visiting and I will definitely be going back for again." - Mike
Meet Stacey Martin-Viers, the driving force behind Dayboro Drop, a new locally owned restaurant in Dayboro that proudly supports and showcases local produce.
After moving to the Moreton Bay area in 2017, Stacey noticed a need for a great dining and socialising spot and aimed to bring a touch of city life to the community without the long commute.
Prior to starting Dayboro Drop, Stacey spent over 12 years as a national franchiser for many large international brands, opening and managing restaurants across Australia.
Her professional journey took her around the world, from the USA to India, Dubai and Lebanon. She’s also had the privilege of training with respected chefs including Chen Kenichi of Iron Chef China and Anthony Sousa Tam – no wonder Dayboro Drop were crowned the winners of the Best Parmy in Brisbane 2023 by the Courier Mail.
Currently, Stacey and her mini me Steph Ohman handle the front of house, while chef Michelle Smith takes care of the kitchen.
While Stacey resides in Mount Pleasant, the Dayboro community has embraced Stacey as a local favourite for delivering Good Food and Good Times. Her story is one of vision and a dedicated commitment to enhancing dining experiences in Moreton Bay.
"This has easily become my favourite restaurant!! The food is incredible, service is always friendly and efficient, and the local beers never disappoint. I have brought out of town friends and family to the Dayboro Drop and the feedback has always been great. One of our friends was surprised that such high quality food was found in our little Dayboro town. Definitely worth the visit and if I could give more than 5 stars I would." - Beth
"This little place is well worth the drive. Just make sure you ring ahead and reserve a table. It’s popular, and for good reason. Not only for the best parmies in Queensland (official award!) but also for the share plates and salads. A great selection." - Shaun
"We recently had our wedding reception at The Dayboro Drop and when I say they did an awesome job, they did an AWESOME job! They were so accomodating to all our requests, the staff were amazing, the food was delicious and they made sure everyone had a great night." - Wayne and Zoe
Introducing the Websters: the family whose four generations have played a pivotal role in the birth and growth of Moreton Bay's trusted bus and coach transport business Kangaroo Bus Lines.
At the heart of this enduring family legacy is Stan Webster, affectionately known as David, who in 1978 embarked on a life-changing journey to Queensland. He purchased Kangaroo Line, a fledgling enterprise, which then boasted a humble fleet of just six buses.
Little did he know that this would mark the genesis of what would become one of the most recognisable brands in southeast Queensland that is this year celebrating 45 years of operation.
The next chapter of the KBL story is written by Stan's son, Daryl Webster. He joined his father in nurturing Kangaroo Line, tirelessly working to enhance transportation services in the Caboolture region.
It was here that the seeds of Kangaroo Bus Lines' growth were sown, along with his wife, Jan, who also played a crucial role in expanding the business into the touring industry. Together they raised their children, Tania and Darren (the current CEO), both of whom have become integral to the evolution of the business and local tourism.
Dale Webster, the youngest member of the clan, embarked on his own KBL journey as a school-based apprentice mechanic. Today, he stands at the helm of the KBL workshop, overseeing the maintenance of the company's impressive fleet, which has swelled to over 140 vehicles.
For the Websters, Moreton Bay is not just the location of their depot; it's their heartland – and that exactly why they’re considered one of Moreton Bay’s Local Heros.
"Have just done a huge school trip with Kangaroo Bud Lines and have to say the drivers and staff were absolutely amazing in every way! Great drivers, great guides and great people!" - Melanie
"Whenever I get on a Kangaroo Bus Lines Bus I just know it’s going to be a good day, the drivers are very kind & heart warming & I feel very safe on all the bus rides I go on. Kangaroo bus lines is the best for me & that’s why I’m giving a 5 star rating. Thanks KBL!" - Buddy
"Kangaroo bus lines has come along way congratulations Daryl and Jan Webster along with Darren and his sister Tania. Keep up the great servicing the Moreton Bay community and the people of QLD." - Andrew
Meet Katrina and David White. As the proprietors of the family-owned-and-operated White Ridge Farm, Katrina and David are more than just owners; they are the heart and soul behind the scenes.
Their journey began about a decade ago when they opened a mobile animal farm, which they later built into the educational and recreational haven that sits on their property in Elimbah, just north of Brisbane, today.
However, the White family's dedication goes far beyond the boundaries of the farm and bringing smiles to kids' faces. For over a decade, they've partnered with a major supermarket chain to reduce landfill waste.
Farmer David's daily travels to collect unsold fruits and vegetables from Woolworths stores exemplify their commitment to sustainability and responsible stewardship of resources. This food, which would otherwise go to waste, becomes nourishment for the farm's animals, fostering a cycle of care and conservation.
And it doesn’t stop there. Katrina and David have also thoughtfully designed the farm to be accessible to people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life. The presence of disabled facilities including toilets and wheelchair-friendly pathways reflects their commitment to ensuring that everyone can experience feeding and patting the animals, putt putt golf and many more of their activities.
And with it being The Year of Accessible Tourism, it’s evident that Katrina and David are some of Moreton Bay’s Local Heros.
"We had a corporate event there with the families, and everyone loved it. It's a very chill environment, perfect to relax and enjoy the animals. It is particularly fun for the kids as there are plenty of things for them to be entertained by. The staff is very friendly and the facilities are well equipped." - Sandra
"We had such a great day at White Ridge Farm. The animals are so well looked after and friendly. The staff were knowledgeable and more than happy to chat about the animals around us." - Kate
"We loved our visit to White Ridge Farm. Our girls loved how interactive it was being able to feed, touch and hold the animals. There were baby chick's and piglets that we were able to enjoy. The tractor ride was particularly fabulous with dad jokes a plenty. There are also multiple playgrounds for the littlies and heaps of different animals including a camel! We will definitely be back." - Amanda