Lake Burley Griffin
Lake Burley Griffin
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Aruna Gunawardena
Colombo, Sri Lanka4,061 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Although artificial it's beautiful to walk around the lake. I did a 7k.m. walk. But for the fittest you must try the bigger route.
Very well designed
Written 1 March 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Lake Burley Griffin is a beautiful, man-made lake and the centrepiece of Canberra. One of the best outdoor things to do in Canberra is to walk around the lake, or at least a section of it.
The 20 km looped walking track is a wide, flat and paved path that follows the shoreline.
Along the way you pass many of Canberra’s landmark buildings like the Parliament, the National Library and National Museum as well as several statues and many memorials. The Capt James Cook Memorial fountain is a main feature, with a single jet of water that shoots up to 150 metres high, at a force of 260kms per hour.
We only had time to do a short walk, and the part that runs alongside the Sculpture Gardens is a lovely stretch.
The highlight is the replica of Antony Gormley's, Angel of the North. This industrial looking angel, stands, with wings spread wide, against the backdrop of the lake. The statue struck us as being vaguely familiar and we realised later that the original (and much much larger) ‘Angel of the North’ is located in Gateshead, UK.
Another highlight was Clement Meadmore’s, Virginia, a massive, weathered steel structure. Again, its the backdrop of the lake which is the real star here.
If you have time to do the whole walk, then there is a good guide on the official website for the National Capital Authority (NCA). You can find it under ‘Lake Burley Griffin Self-Guided Walking Tour’.
Written 30 April 2023
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PeteLucy434
Uxbridge, UK2,073 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The beating heart of Canberra, lovely to walk or run alongside and the boat trip was entertaining too.
Written 8 April 2023
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Robyn C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
There are many faces to the lake, but all are beautiful. A lovely spot is behind the Yarralumla plant nursery where you can get a coffee and walk down to the water’s edge and enjoy a beautiful vista to the Brindabella Mountains.
Written 11 February 2023
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia3,384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Business
To get from any part of Canberra to another the lake is always visible. There are a number of bridges that transverse the lake and it contains a wide walking path along the shoreline. There are a number of fountains within and even some paddle boats to hire.
Written 10 February 2023
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Herman
Armidale, Australia498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Every time we drove past the lake we would check to see if the 'fountain' was operating. Once it was we drove to free-park by the lake and just relaxed on the lawns watching people cycling and walking around the lake. Given Canberra is not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing place in the nation and other cities would better qualify as the nation's capital, this man-made lake is a nice place to while away the time. And the fountain is quite an impressive jet!
Written 21 January 2023
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inandouttravellers
Cusco, Peru217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Serene and peaceful view and the Burley makers have some great stalls to visit. Grab a coffee, take a seat and take in the hypnotising ripples of the lake
Written 18 November 2022
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Barb W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Only an hour and a half but you see Canberra from a great point of view and there are birds, wetlands, and of course the amazing view of the wonderful national buildings we love - National Library, High Court, Old Parliament House and the Australian Museum - all look awesome from the lake.
Written 18 October 2022
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Penzer
Queensland, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a magnificent lake with so much to see and do around it. Placed in the centre of so many places it is a delight to walk around and take in the views from all sides.
Written 8 October 2022
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sarmick
Sydney, Australia92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The lake in the middle of Canberra is gorgeous. We love the outdoors and spent time sitting by the lake and riding our bikes around the lake. Our whole family loved it!
Written 27 September 2022
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