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Six ways to explore Lake Burley Griffin

Updated 24 May 2022

Choose between walks, rides and adventures on the water.

Lake Burley Griffin is Canberra's glistening centrepiece - a water playground surrounded by museums, galleries, iconic landmarks, cafes and parks. Walk, cycle, segway or e-scooter the paths around the lake or take to the water for a cruise, floating picnic, paddle boat or stand up paddleboard adventure.

A family enjoying their time riding on segways.

Join a Segway tour

Want a whirlwind trip that ticks off many iconic sights in Canberra’s Parliamentary Zone? Hop on a segway. Seg Glide Ride offers daily tours on this unique mode of transport, zipping along the foreshore and between many must-see places. First-timers will master riding segways in less than 10 minutes.

Someone enjoying an e-scooter along the lake.

Scoot or walk the classic loop

Do as the locals do and complete the 5km ‘bridge to bridge’ loop around the central basin of the lake, stopping to admire iconic sights along the way. Walk or hire an e-scooter. The Visitors Centre has e-scooters ($15 for 1 hour, $25 for 2 hours), or choose between Neuron’s orange scooters and Beam’s purple scooters bookable via mobile apps.

A family enjoying the lakeside and admiring public art sculptures with their bicycles.

See the sights on a lap of the lake

Challenge yourself to cycle around the whole of the lake as a lap around this beauty will take you to many beloved city icons. Galleries, museums, a zoo and aquarium, an arboretum, scenic wetlands, cafes and breweries all call the 40km shoreline home. The ride is mostly flat and predominantly uses bike paths.

Paddle boarders holding paddles on the lake at sun set.

Learn to stand up paddle board

Learn a new skill and see the sights with Stand Up Paddle, or SUP as the locals call it. The serenity of a paddle as the sun rises or falls over Australia's famous lake is the perfect addition to any relaxing getaway to Canberra. Join a lesson, a guided adventure, or even a fitness classes.

Three friends enjoying a beverage on a boat.

Captain your own boat

Hire an electric GoBoat to explore the glittering jewel in Canberra’s crown, Lake Burley Griffin. Don a captain’s hat and pack a picnic to feast on as you see the sights from the water. You don’t need a boating licence, but bookings are essential

A boat sailing on the lake with a view of Parliament House in the background.

Cruise the lake

Many distinctly Canberran landmarks are best seen from the water. Time your guided boat trip with sunset to be surrounded by colourful skies and the dramatic silhouette of the Brindabellas. MV Southern Cross and Lake Burley Griffin Cruises run regularly with one and two-hour options in the warmer months.

Two adults on a retro paddleboat on lake

Want more?

A much-loved tradition that has stood the test of time, peddle across the lake in a colourful paddle boat. Circle around the Captain Cook Memorial Jet to see six tonnes of water spraying an impressive 114m into the sky (11am – 2pm daily).