Lake Burley Griffin
Canberra’s beautiful Lake Burley Griffin serves as the city’s focal point. This artificial lake, named for the city’s architect, was included in his initial 1912 plan but didn’t open until 1958. Tourists and residents alike come here to bike and stroll along the waterfront paths, picnic along the park-lined coastlines, and fish, sail, or paddle in the glittering seas. The National Carillon, a gift from the British government with 55 bronze bells, is located on Aspen Island, the largest of the six islands in the centre.
Some of Canberra’s greatest sights and attractions are dotted around the lake, including the National Gallery, National Library, Questacon, and National Museum. The Captain Cook Memorial Jet, a 147-meter-high fountain constructed in 1970 on the 200th anniversary of Cook’s exploration of Australia, may be seen from the central basin’s shoreline. At Regatta Point, a globe sculpture depicting Cook’s expeditions may be found on the lake’s shoreline. Commonwealth Park, on the north side of the lake, has play areas, paddling pools, waterfalls, an amphitheatre, and a trail that circles the park. In the spring, the park hosts the famed Floriade festival, a springtime celebration with over a million flowers in bloom.