The lake is popular with locals and visitors alike – explore its shores by walking, running or riding around it or get out on the water for a different perspective.
The best way to experience the lake is to walk the five-kilometre loop between the Kings Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue bridges. Start the walk from the Parliamentary Triangle and take time to explore world-class attractions such as the National Library of Australia, Questacon, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia.
The grounds that lie between the National Gallery of Australia and the shores of Lake Burley Griffin display the Gallery's extensive Sculpture Garden. The garden was planned and planted more than 20 years ago and includes 26 sculptures such as the remarkable Within without by James Turrell and Bert Flugelman’s reflective steel Cones. One of the more evocative sculptures, the Fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya, operates between 12.30-2pm daily.
After crossing the Kings Avenue Bridge, and enjoying views towards Kingston Foreshore on one side and Telstra Tower on the other, you will find yourself approaching a footpath over the water to the National Carillon on Aspen Island. The Carillon was a gift from the British Government to the people of Australia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the capital. With 55 bronze bells the Carillon is large by world standards and is played on a regular basis during the year by both local and visiting carillonists.
Continuing on, you will come across the historic Blundells Cottage that pre-dates the national capital. Built around 1860, the national capital has grown around the cottage over time. Today the banks of the man-made lake can be seen from the cottage doorstep, which is now a fascinating hands-on museum and a memorial to the pioneers of the limestone plains.
As you pass by Commonwealth Park, home to major events including Floriade, you might see the magnificent spray of water coming from the Capitan Cook Memorial Jet. The Captain Cook Memorial Jet was constructed on behalf of the Commonwealth Government to commemorate the bicentenary of Captain James Cook's discovery of the East coast of Australia and was officially inaugurated in 1970 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The jet can reach up to 110-metres in height.
As well as walking the loop of the lake, you can also join one of Seg Glide Ride’s effortless glides around Lake Burley Griffin and areas of the Parliamentary Zone. You will receive personalised training on the self-balancing segways, a simple machine that anyone can easily master. You will quickly find yourself riding like an expert, enjoying the lake's beauty, famous landmarks and nearby iconic buildings in no time.
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