Sydney offers a plethora of parks for after school jaunts, yet more often than not, it's the same playground equipment, same crowd and same experience.
For something different, head over to Woolwich Dock and Parklands, in Hunters Hill. Make sure you do a toilet run before heading out, as there are no public toilets.
This park offers a range of different visual experiences. Start at the top of the Goat Track, just past the Woolwich Pier Hotel (if you time your visit right, you could even return to the pub for a $12.50 steak or schnitzel dinner). Head down the the goat paddock, a pretty path with picturesque views of the harbour.
Rounding the corner, you'll hit the old Dockyards. The sandstone cliffs tower above and the walkway over the old railway tracks takes you right up to the cut. The fern growth and water patterns are fascinating, as are the fancy new yachts that seem to park there from time to time. Kids adore this, though hold onto little ones as the drop is a big one!
If you wish to stop for coffee, there is the Deckhouse Cafe but note it is shut from 3pm and reopens at 5.30 for dinner.
Next comes the ramble along the harbour foreshore round Clarke's Point Reserve. Here you have great views of Cockatoo Island and Harbour Bridge, as you make your way up Parramatta River, over the slipways until you hit the Horse Paddock and kelly's Bush. These big expanses of lawn and bush are rare in the city, and being so close to the water, they have a little beach to add to the appeal of the visit.
Once tired out, walk up the hill and back to the start, though I have often had requests to retrace our steps to have another look at the impressive Dock.
There is no playground equipment, but I guarantee you'll get no complaints and the best part is, it's as interesting for adults as it is for children.