Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra

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The centerpiece of the nation's capital, Lake Burley Griffin is an artificial body of water created in 1963. You can spend days exploring this lake, on or off the water. Options include renting a paddleboat, canoe, or kayak or joining a scenic cruise, stopping at city landmarks located on the shores of the lake. You can also walk, cycle, or skate all the way around the lake, a distance of around 25 km (15.5 mi). Bicycles can be rented at several locations along the shore, where you can also join a guided tour around the city's extensive network of bike paths and off-road trails. Nearby you can find plenty of parking, as well as shops selling ice cream and refreshing drinks. Use our Canberra tourist route planner to add Lake Burley Griffin and other attractions to your Canberra vacation plans.
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  • August 9, 2017
    I love this lake. Artificially designed it really captures the essence of Canberra and is great for events, exercise and just a quiet, scenic stroll.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Walking from 'bridge to bridge' any way around the loop is interesting. It is approx a 5km loop so not too long. There are a couple of children's playgrounds if you have younger ones with you. There i...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Pleasant urban hiking trail that surrounds the Lake and gives you acces to most of cultural buildings in Canberra (National Gallery, Questacon, National Portrait Gallery, National Library, Commonwealt...  more »

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