Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra © Cultural Attractions of Australia
7 ways to enjoy Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin
The fun never ends at Canberra’s most popular aquatic attraction.
By Leah Dobihal
With its dazzling water and long stretches of tranquil shoreline, it’s no wonder that Lake Burley Griffin is often called the centrepiece of Canberra. In fact, for locals, it needs no other description than “The Lake.”
From aerial adventures to waterfront restaurants, here’s how to make the most of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin.
Explore by paddleboard
Lake Burley Griffin is an aquatic playground, and the opportunities to get out on the water are endless. One of the best ways to enjoy the lake’s calm surface is by stand-up paddleboard. Beginners can join a group lesson with SupCbr. If you’re a little more confident, hire a SUP board and explore on your own. For a bigger challenge, join Jo from Joga Yoga and attempt a few poses on top of the water in Canberra’s only SUP yoga class on Lake Burley Griffin.
Cycle the shoreline
Cyclists are spoiled in Canberra, and some of the best trails to ride are the ones looping around Lake Burley Griffin’s sparkling shore. Choose between several paths ranging from 5km (3mi) to 14km (8.7mi), or tackle the entire lake at about 30km (18.6mi). You’re sure to discover secluded gems along the way, like the traditional Chinese welcome gate in Lennox Gardens. Hire your bike from Canberra Cycle.
Marvel from a hot air balloon
When to go
Visit in March to witness the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, where dozens of hot air balloons float above the lake at sunrise.
Lake Burley Griffin is beautiful from every angle, so catch a view from the sky in a hot air balloon. With Balloon Aloft, you’ll take flight and float gently over the lake and city. Marvel at unrivalled views before descending to a champagne celebration at the Hyatt Hotel.
Set sail on a GoBoat
Lake Burley Griffin is perfect for picnics, but why not take it up a notch with a meal on the water? GoBoat offers electric picnic boats that allow you to skipper your own vessel around the lake. GoBoats accommodate up to eight people, so gather your crew and picnic basket for a lunch you won’t soon forget.
Paddle around the lake
If you’re looking to both stretch your legs and relax on the water, then grab yourself a retro-style Capital Paddle boat and let your adventure begin. Departing from Regatta Point, these two-person peddle-powered boats are just as fun as they are bright. Rent one for a couple of hours to explore some of Canberra’s most iconic attractions from the water.
Walk from bridge to bridge
Make like a local and stroll one of the city’s most popular walks. The Bridge to Bridge walk connects Commonwealth Bridge to Kings Avenue Bridge, a distance of about five kilometres (three miles). You’ll pass several of Canberra’s historical and cultural attractions along the way, including Commonwealth Park and the Australian of the Year Walk, where chronological plaques showcase the name of every person to have won the prestigious 'Australian of the Year' award.
Drink and dine at waterfront venues
Lake Burley Griffin is more than a natural oasis – it’s also home to a trendy food and drink scene. From coffee in the morning to drinks in the evening, you’ll find several venues located right on the shores of the lake. Start the day at Local Press Café, stop for lunch at Walt & Burley and don’t miss dinner at The Boat House followed by drinks at Armada Outdoor Bar.