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Lake Burley Griffin is an artificial lake in the centre of Canberra, the capital of Australia. It was completed in 1963 after the Molonglo River—which ran between the city centre and Parliamentary Triangle—was dammed. It is named after Walter Burley Griffin, the American architect who won the competition to design the city of Canberra.Arrange your visit to Lake Burley Griffin Cycling Loops and discover more family-friendly attractions in Canberra using our Canberra trip itinerary site .
Griffin designed the lake with many geometric motifs, so that the axes of his design lined up with natural geographical landmarks in the area. However, government authorities changed his original plans and no substantial work was completed before he left Australia in 1920. His scheme remained unfulfilled as the Great Depression and World War II intervened, and it was not until the 1950s that planning resumed. After much political dispute over several proposed variations, excavation work began in 1960 with the energetic backing of Prime Minister Robert Menzies. After the completion of the bridges and dams, the dams were locked in September 1963. However, a drought meant that the target water level was not reached until April 1964. It was formally inaugurated on 17 October 1964.
The lake is located in the approximate geographic centre of the city, and is the centrepiece of the capital in accordance with Griffin's original designs. Numerous important institutions, such as the National Gallery, National Museum, National Library, Australian National University and the High Court were built on its shores, and Parliament House is a short distance away. Its surrounds, consisting mainly of parklands, are popular with recreational users, particularly in the warmer months. Though swimming in the lake is uncommon, it is used for a wide variety of other activities, such as rowing, fishing, and sailing.
Lake Burley Griffin Cycling Loops Reviews
The choice of 3 loops varying from 5km - 14km. Or you could do the whole lake at 28km! Big paths means its easy to get around walkers and other cycleway users. Can get pretty busy on weekends so get o... more »
made up of eastern,western and central loops. download or visit info centre for more info. great way to experience an aussie icon- lake burley griffin 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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