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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  • It’s worth parking up and talking a stroll round the lake. Very pretty and things to see as you walk round.  more »
  • Absolutely love walking around Lake Burley Griffin. At dusk it is just beautiful with the mountains in the distance and the various colours of the sky. Also, all the different species of trees just ad...  more »
  • We walked around the central loop starting from from Commonwealth Park on Parkes Way (where the Floriade is held) clockwise past Blundell's Cottage, south over the King's Avenue bridge, then back alon...  more »

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