With the weather seriously turning it up in Canberra, there’s no better time to enjoy the sunshine and get some fresh air! Perhaps it’s time to re-discover your love for Lake Burley Griffin – here are five ways to do the loop.
Cycling around the lake is the perfect way to enjoy a summer afternoon. If you’re in need of bicycle hire, Spinway is a bike sharing system where you can head to one of the multiple automated stations, swipe your card and a bike is released from the rack. You can take the bike for as long or as little as you like as well, so why not enjoy a twilight ride across the lake? There are plenty of cycle paths around Lake Burley Griffin, such as across the National Library of Australia, or even up to the Kington Foreshore area. Keep a look out for cycle trail signs across the pathways too!
2. SUPing or kayaking
To really experience the lake why not try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking. The Paddle Hub, offers stand-up paddle board and kayak rental services on Lake Burley Griffin. Located at the YMCA Aquatic Recreation Centre in Yarralumla Bay, this is the best way to get some exercise in the outdoors and have some fun on the water – the perfect family outing.
For a more effortless and modern lakeside experience why not glide around on a Segway? SegGlide offers a unique and memorable way of discovering the foreshore, famous landmarks and iconic buildings across the nation’s capital. Pick between a 15-minute fun blast, a 30-minute ride or a one-hour adventure to maximise your fun around the lake.
Walking around Lake Burley Griffin is a perfect and free option for some summer fun. After all, Canberra is a planned city, with a series of great walking paths and trails to choose from. Stroll around the bridge-to-bridge walk, between the Commonwealth and Kings Avenue bridges, with an inclusion of sights such as the National Carillon, the Australian of the Year Walk, and picturesque views. Or why not head a little further down towards the Kingston Foreshore and wander past the many cafes, shops and spots.
5. Paddle boat
Paddle boating is relaxing and easy for all ages. Take in the sights of Lake Burley Griffin as you glide along calm waters – but be careful not to cop a drenching from the fountain! Whether on a romantic leisurely paddle with your significant other or having a paddle boat race with a bunch of mates, this activity is sure to have you laughing the day away.
PERFECT PIT STOPS:
The Kingston Foreshore is the perfect place to stop along a lakeside adventure. With ample green parks and places to eat and drink, finish off your active day at one of the many venues to choose from. Have an afternoon beer with some light snacks at The Dock or Walt & Burley, enjoy a juice at Local Press Café, or a coffee at 38 Espresso.
The Deck at Regatta Point is set upon a picturesque hill overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, the National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House. The Deck offers a relaxed café experience where you can sip on a coffee or enjoy some lunch while taking in the breath-taking views.
Westside Acton Park
Westside Acton Park is an eclectic precinct made entirely of shipping containers and offering amazing food, drinks and views back to Lake Burley Griffin. On Sunday the Park hosts a small market, with a variety of handcrafted items from local producers that is worth checking out. If you’re feeling more adventurous then head up to the Aviary Rooftop Bar for a drink or two and see the city and lake from a bird’s eye view!
National Sculpture Garden
Located just behind the National Gallery of Australia, the garden offers a unique experience at a lakeside location, with 26 sculptures to wander around and marvel at in a scenic setting. The Fog Sculpture created by Fujiko Nakaya operates daily, making for an incredibly mysterious atmosphere. This one is perfect for the whole family, or a combined stop with the National Gallery of Australia too!
Nara Peace Park
Located within Lennox Gardens on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, this park features a small Japanese-themed garden with a gazebo, cherry blossoms and stone lanterns. If you’re heading over the Yarralumla side of the lake, it’s worth making the detour to see and experience the tranquillity of Nara Peace Park.