Lake Burley Griffin and Surrounding Parklands

Lake Burley Griffin is Canberra’s centrepiece. The lake covers 664 hectares with a shoreline of 40.5 kilometres. There are two accessible islands within the lake; Aspen Island (the site of the National Carillon) is located in Central Basin and Springbank Island is located in West Basin.

The lake and surrounding areas are used for a wide range of recreational activities. The lake is a busy waterway with rowing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, dragon boating, fishing, model boating and paddle boating being just some of the activities available. Surrounding the lake are lovely parks for picnics, areas for swimming, as well as walking tracks and cycling paths.

Around the lake are services such as boat and bike hire, lake cruises and ferry services. Plus, there are also cafés and restaurants where you can relax and take in the view.

Many national institutions and national public places are located on or near the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. These include the National Capital Exhibition, Blundells Cottage, National Carillon, National Gallery of Australia, High Court of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Commonwealth Place, National Library of Australia and National Museum of Australia.

The NCA provides weekly updates on the water quality of the lake. This information is available on Friday each week from mid November to mid April, when the use of the Lake is expected to be high.