Brisbane has many great walks with nice views, and several of them are convenient to coffee shops and restaurants. Here are my favourite places to go for a stroll, grab a beverage and look at the river or local parklands.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks.
Rocks Riverside Park in Brisbane's south west suburb of Seventeen Mile Rocks is an expansive council park located on a former industrial site. It was historically an old river-based unloading facility for cement and lime mining and manufacturing in decades gone by. Brisbane City Council has left some of the old conveyor structures around the park but spruced it up with green open spaces and several playgrounds for the kids. Since it's a riverside park, there is a nice track around the edge of the park that runs along the river. This riverside walk actually follows the river (through more parks) west all the way to Jindalee under the M5 bridge.
My recommended coffee/smoothie place is the Cafe 63 in the business park just down the road at 532 Seventeen Mile Rocks Rd, Sinnamon Park. Apparently there is a coffee cart and kiosk here in the mornings too.
Enter the Park at 39 Counihan Rd. There is a large car park close to the entrance, but if that's full, there are lots of smaller car parks around the ring-road.
Whites Hill Reserve, Camp Hill
I've written about Whites Hill previously but it deserves another mention for the multitude of coffee shops only a short drive away at the Camp Hill Marketplace (at 25 Samuel Street). You can get your takeaway drink and snack and then easily drive 2 minutes into the main car park near the playground and football fields coming off Boundary Road.
At Whites Hill itself you'll find a great playground, a few picnic tables, playing fields and green space and of course many bush-walking tracks and city views at the top of the hills.
One of my favourite coffee shops in the centre would be Ralph & Co, a cafe with delicious smoothies and breakfasts, and also a small pantry store. If you're after something extra sweet, check out Banneton Bakery for scrolls or Nodo for fancy doughnuts drinks (and other meals too.)
Gardens Point River Walk, City
Walking along the Brisbane River in the city is always pleasant, and along the bikeways by the QUT Gardens Point campus and the Goodwill Bridge is lovely and convenient. On the weekends you can park at QUT (under the M3) for a flat rate of $10 all day, or just relax and take a City Cat to QUT Ferry Terminal. From the QUT Goodwill Bridge abutment area, you can get a coffee at Will and Flow on the river. (They do pizzas and other meals too.)
You can walk along the river to the CBD and North Quay, or through the Botanic Gardens towards Riverside. Some nice views are to be found by walking over the Goodwill Bridge to South Bank and there is a not-for-profit coffee cart on the bridge too (opening May 2022).
I've come to the Hamilton area for walks with a friend several times, we've found it's a nice walk along the river with good parking nearby and the all-important SHOPS. There are plenty of restaurants at Portside Hamilton if you decide to stay for a meal. Or cafes and an independent supermarket for your takeaway coffee or milkshake at Baskin Robbins. Alternatively, there is a 7/11 across the road from the Bretts Wharf Ferry Terminal. (450m west of Portside.)
Along the river, you can walk all the way to Newstead Park using the Lores Bonney Riverwalk. There are shelters with seating along the walk, but despite this, I'd recommend taking this walk early in the morning or toward the evening. It is very hot and bright during the day. An evening walk looking at the lights of the city and the reflective river would be nice too.
You can park at Portside Wharf for 2 hours free or by QUBE Hamilton (89 MacArthur Ave, Hamilton QLD 4007) for free and a very short walk to Portside. Or just take a ferry now that they are running again.