Your Self-Guided Walk along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin to some of the National Capital's major institutions
Begin the Lakeside Walk in Parkes Place at Commonwealth Place. Stand on the path located in the centre, at the edge of Commonwealth Place. Here it is possible to see some key features of Walter Burley Griffin's 1912 prize-winning plan for the National Capital. The Plan was designed along his Land and Water Axes. The Land Axis extends from Mount Ainslie (straight ahead across the lake) through to Capital Hill, site of Parliament House (directly behind you) and beyond to Mount Bimberi in the Brindabella Range. The Water Axis extends from Black Mountain (with the Telstra Tower on top) located to your far left through to the Australian-American Memorial on the far right and following the line of Constitution Avenue on the northern side of the lake.
This prominent location at the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, in the centre of the Land Axis, gives the visitor a magnificent view across the lake to Rond Terrace and Gallipoli Reach, with Anzac Parade and the Australian War Memorial in the background. Further to the left, across the lake, you can also see Regatta Point (home of the National Capital Exhibition), the Canadian Flagpole, the Captain Cook Memorial Jet and Commonwealth Park, with the city skyline as its backdrop. Further across the lake, to the right, is Kings Park, the Russell Defence Headquarters with the Australian-American Memorial and, in the foreground, Aspen Island on which is located the National Carillon.
On your left and right fly the flags of the 80 countries which have a diplomatic presence in the National Capital. The flags, each identified by a plaque at the base of the flagpole, are lit at night and fly continuously 24-hours a day. While here take the opportunity to visit the National Portrait Gallery in the eastern wing and the Watermark on the Edge café/restaurant in the western wing of Commonwealth Place.