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 road trip planner to visit Lake Burley Griffin on your trip to Canberra, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Do not put your toes in the water.. Disappointed the fountain was not working Our friendly plumber said he would look for a blockage  more »
  • Great place for the early morning walk..can get a bit busy as everyone has the same idea- and walking or riding by the lake is so relaxing  more »
  • Lakeside near the Hyatt Hotel, and across the road from the Chinese Embassy, we discovered the lovely Chinese Peace Garden. It has temples, traditional statues and gateways and life-size bronze cranes...  more »

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