Canberra Lakeside Walk : Joining Jo’s Monday Walk Group

 The night had been -6 degrees but the day dawned sunny and by 10-30 the temperature had climbed to 12 degrees with a crisp, fresh zing in the air . Perfect walking weather.

Lake Burley Griffin beckoned. This large, artificial lake is 11 kilometres long, but we only planned to do a short section from the Exhibition Centre to Blundell’s Cottage.

Exhibition Centre

Exhibition Centre

The Exhibition Centre is perched on a small hill overlooking the Lake and this is where we started our walk. Inside the story and history of this area and the creation of Canberra as the capital city of Australia unfolds in a fascinating display of photos, maps and detailed information going back 20000 years when the Aboriginals roamed this area.

Click on this link to take a virtual tour of the Exhibition Centre.

Australia's High Court Building.

Australia’s High Court Building on the opposite bank.

National Library Building

National Library Building reflected on the opposite bank

Lake Burley Griffin is Canberra’s centrepiece, it was completed in 1963 after the Molonglo River—which ran between the city centre and Parliamentary Triangle—was dammed. It is named after Walter Burley Griffin, the American architect who won the competition to design the city of Canberra.[2]  and a significant number of national institutions and national public places are located on or near its shores. (Wikipedia)

The bare branches of Winter

The bare branches of Winter

Look closer...

Look closer…

The trees have lost all their foliage in the grip of winter, but take a closer look and the sweet young buds of spring are starting to swell. Waiting for these frosty days to pass and when the sun warms the air they will burst into blossom and we will have to come again in a few weeks to see them.

We have not gone very far yet, but now we are onto the path that follows the Lake.

The frost has gone by now, but earlier it would 've been treacherous.

The frost has gone by now, but earlier it would ‘ve been treacherous.

Black swans sail majestically by

Black swans sail majestically by

This one came over to see if we had any thing to give it.

This one came over to see if we had any thing to give it.

Biking, walking and running.

Biking, walking and running.

This is a very popular track for all sorts of exercise. We are just sauntering but the keen cyclists and runners whoosh by us.

Prime Minister Robert Menzies.

Prime Minister Robert Menzies.

Griffin designed the lake with many geometric motifs, so that the axes of his design lined up with natural geographical landmarks in the area. However, government authorities changed his original plans and no substantial work was completed before he left Australia in 1920. His scheme remained unfulfilled as the Great Depression and World War II intervened, and it was not until the 1950s that planning resumed. After much political dispute over several proposed variations, excavation work began in 1960 with the energetic backing of Prime Minister Robert Menzies. After the completion of the bridges and dams, the dams were locked in September 1963. However, a drought meant that the target water level was not reached until April 1964. It was formally inaugurated on 17 October 1964. (Wikipedia)

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Blundell's Cottage

Blundell’s Cottage

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Unfortunately the cottage was closed on Mondays. It is open Thursday to Sunday. So we will have to come again on one of those days.

The circular walk right round the lake is 5 kilometres and can take approximately 50 minutes to all day. Well we have been almost 90 minutes on just this short section and lunch is calling, so we will turn round and come back another day to finish the circuit.

We spotted this fellow drying his wings as we walked back

We spotted this fellow drying his wings as we walked back

I hope you have enjoyed this very short walk. Join me again when the spring blossoms are out.


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32 thoughts on “Canberra Lakeside Walk : Joining Jo’s Monday Walk Group

  1. Such an enjoyable walk, Beautiful photos of the lakeside.


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  3. I so enjoyed my morning walk too.. Its good to be among such good company 🙂


  4. I live close to Canberra and have visited many times, but you have given it an almost exotic flavour with your wonderful photos. Thank you – and thanks for the reminder that it’s winter in Australia: I’m flying back tomorrow after three months in Eastern Europe.

    An addendum: Frank Moorhouse’s deeply researched novel “Cold light” features the development of Lake Burley Griffin from the 1950s and is a wonderful portrait of Canberra from that time until Whitlam.


    • Thanks for the book recommendation I will search for it in the library. It is still frosty nights approx. -4C but the days are glorious, no wind, clear and sunny. Good dog walking weather… 🙂


  5. Do you free camp on your travels or do a little of both? Thanks for the journey.


  6. poppytump

    It does feel strange Pauline tramping around in chilly weather with you 😉 it does look fresh .
    Must have been a very cosy fire lit little cottage seeing the two chimneys there .
    Lunch I trust was something warming …


  7. This looks like a most interesting and lovely walk.


  8. It is a lovely lake to walk around, and you get good views of those buildings too. Thanks for the memories PP.
    Jude xx


    • It is lovely to have such a beautiful feature right in the centre of the city. I can imagine all the office workers and blue collar workers will enjoy it in their lunch times in the summer.


    • toni

      Brrrrrr tats even colder than our night temps


  9. We both enjoyed the morning so I put a like on there for you.
    Next time I will make sure I am logged in before I put a like, when using your computer.


  10. Toni

    gee I don’t miss the cold weather, makes me feel cold at the moment thinking about it.


  11. Great little ramble, and interesting post, Pauline. I enjoyed the trees and the birds 🙂


  12. This is a lovely walk for all seasons, Pauline. Thanks so much for sharing my walks. Off now to the Visitor Centre. 🙂


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