At the centre of Canberra lies Lake Burley Griffin, an artificial lake that was the centre piece of American architect Walter Burley Griffin’s 1911 grand vision for the capital city - a vision that took decades to realize for reasons of politics, economic turmoils and wartime instabilities.
Finally, in 1960 excavation for the lake began and today the beautiful lake is the city’s centrepiece covering over 660 hectares with a shoreline of 40 kilometres. Creating a beautiful backdrop set against the many parks and cultural and government landmarks of Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin is not only the geographic heart but also the social and recreational heart of the capital.
The shoreline and the lake itself have become popular recreational spots. A popular bike path circles the lake and is used for jogging and leisurely strolls. Floriade, Australia’s largest flower festival takes place in Commonwealth Park, and in West Lake swimming, sailing and canoeing are popular. There are two accessible islands on Burley Griffin which are always fun to sail to and explore.
The shoreline has become a popular place to meet and have picnics, family gatherings or a leisurely respite and there are many restaurants and cafes along the shoreline too.