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.
Lake Burley Griffin Reviews
This lake is just amazing! Beautiful man made lake that is just huge, with walking and riding tracks all the way around it! Plenty of water activities too!! I am jealous of those who live in Canberra ... more »
A great way to see Canberra is from three water. The city circles the lake so is a good place to start. I would digest you get a tour bossy from Kingston. Lovely range of cafes and eateries to meet up... more »
Absolutely beautiful, spectacular views great weather what's not to like. You can walk r cycle around the lake or hire scooters and enjoy a light meal at one of the cafes around the lake.
Excellent lake for walk and picnic. View is always scenic no matter the time of the day or season. One of my absolute favourite spots in Canberra.
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