I love the calm undemanding pastime of strolling beside the Cooks River. I enjoy taking deep inhales of the slightly salty breeze and watching the changing scenes of mangroves that line the bank. Part of the pleasure is also visiting any of the many parks along the route that provide a welcome pause from the walk.
One of the nicest of these is Steel Park in Marrickville. It is easy to access on foot, via pubic transport and by car and is a better-appointed space than the majority of parks along the route.
Steel Park is special in the sense that it also has a Water Play area that is functional during hotter weather. It is one of the few in the area and is a fantastic idea. It operates daily between 10 am and 6 pm, from October to March
Swimming is not allowed in the Cooks River itself, so this provides a way for kids to cool down in the heat.
There is an attractive area for having a picnic which has both covered and uncovered tables - and from either you can glimpse the river while still keeping an eye on the kids playing on the nearby children's play equipment.
Be sure to take the opportunity to use the barbeque facilities as well as the drinking water station.