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"Burley Griffin Lake" Lake Burley Griffin Tip by leffe3

Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra: 16 reviews and 38 photos

Whilst it may not be the first reason for coming to Canberra, it'll certainly be one of the first things you actually see as Lake Burley Griffin is HUGE. To the south lie the Parliament buildings, courts, National Library, Archives and Gallery. To the north is the Australian Memorial and the main shopping and hotel district. There's no real 'east and west shoreline' as the lake follows the course of the Molonglo River.

Although designed by Burley Griffin in 1911 it was not officially inaugurated (with some changes) until 1964, as a result of the damming of the Molonglo River. The Great Depression, WWII and drought prevented its completion. It's essentially an ornamental lake, and at 11kms long and, at its widest, 1.2km wide, it's quite some ornament! It's crossed by two bridges, both towards the eastern end of the lake and the city (plus the Scrivener Dam road at the far western end of the lake).

Extraordinarily, it has more than 40 kms of shoreline, and includes six islands. In spite of all that water, swimming is pretty uncommon, although it is used for rowing, fishing and sailing.


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  • Written Jun 3, 2009
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