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Outlook Coffee in the Redlands and Environs

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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
I've made it to my life's goal - the old age pension. Now I write for fun. Hope you enjoy reading.
Published August 17th 2014
Previously I have discussed the importance of being comfortable when enjoying a coffee and how comfort comes in many different forms. One of which, to my mind, is being able to clear your mind and just enjoy a magnificent view as you sip on your brew.

One thing the Redlands has in abundance is magnificent views. There are the bayside waterscapes, mountains, lakes, parks and just the natural beauty on show as we drive down our arterial roads – where else would you be able to drive on a main road for miles surrounded by bush and then come up over a rise and see the water and Stradbroke Island spread out in the distance?

That abundance creates a problem in naming favourite coffee stops where the view is the major part of the total experience. To deal with this I developed two key selection criteria.

The first criterion is that the stop can't be a popular, well-known tourist attraction. The reason for this is you won't learn anything if you are told about a place you already know and love. Rest assured, I enjoy my visits to the popular places as much as any of your other caffeine devotees.

The second criterion is the coffee stop has to come within the definition of a comfortable coffee. So, besides having a magnificent view, there must be a relaxing ambience and cheerful staff.

Let's get started:

Although outside the Redlands, one of my favourite rides is down to the waterside at Jacobs Well. To enjoy this Outlook Coffee you can obtain your coffee from any number of suitable outlets. I usually stop off at the Blue Fin but I have tried others that produce an equally good coffee. I strap the cup to the visor or, when she's on the pillion, have my little widgie carry them and head down to the boat ramp car park.

There's a bench off to the right, under a tree where you can sit and gaze out onto the waters of Tippler's Passage. Once the coffee buzz starts you can drift along with the tide. It is a wonderfully relaxing place to be.

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The View Across Tippler's Passage


If the bench is taken there are several picnic tables or, if you're not like me, you could sit on the beach. This really is a view to be taken in with a nice hot coffee.

Heading back to the Redlands (can't be away for too long) my next Outlook Coffee comes from the West Mt Cotton Nursery and Gardens, 534 West Mt Cotton Road, Mt Cotton.

On our most recent trip my wonderful soul mate shouted me a flat white and she, for a change, had a cappuccino. We had pumpkin scones as well but I couldn't wait to get started on the coffee so I took the picture before the scones got there.

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Coffee and Honey from the Nursery


The view from here is a magnificent landscape. Should you be lucky enough, grab the table on the viewing deck and you can ponder the beauty of nature as you look at the valley and mountains stretching out before you.

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View from Mt Cotton Back Towards the City


Finally, head over to Thornlands and down Dinwoodie Road to King's Country. The Driftwood Café provides many interesting delicacies including a delicious flat white and caramel tart.

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A Flat White with a Caramel Tart Just Adds to the View


The view here is magnificent because of its intensity. The whole place envelopes you in its greenness and the ambience makes the coffee really comfortable. To top it off, the staff are very friendly and helpful.

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Seeing the Beauty of the Forest and the Trees


King's Country is one of those gardens and nurseries that provide a sense of being somewhere other than in suburbia. When I'm there I only see the forest for the trees and enjoy a feeling of contentment provided by the gardens and water features on display.

I hope this discussion of Outlook Coffees helps steer coffee lovers to discover new views for yourself. You won't be the first to appreciate them, but like I enjoy doing, you will revel in the thrill of finding a completely new and magnificent view for your own coffee drinking pleasure.
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Your Comment
Hello Oldie, thanks for reading the article and making a comment. Unfortunately I can't help. Holland Park is way out of my stamping grounds. I did take a Google Maps trip down Logan Road (behind a bus) and can tell you there are a few cafes there but I don't know if any are owned by Rick Harrison. Sorry, but I've got no information to pass on. Regards, Tony
by Tony Dyer (score: 2|479) 1796 days ago
Does the cafe at Holland Park still exist run by Rick Harrison The cafe was on a corner of Holland Park at the main Road to Greenslopes
by oldies (score: 2|197) 1796 days ago
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