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Lake Burley Griffin Cycling Loop

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by Diana Tan (subscribe)
Arbonne Independent Consultant..loving the outdoor life!
Published December 29th 2013
Pedal your way around Lake Burley Griffin
Whether you've just moved into the capital or just visiting, cycling around the 28km Lake Burley Griffin is a must do activity in addition to the iconic landmarks which are quite often on top of the list. With my newly bought bike, I decided to go for a ride and see for myself what this city really has to offer.

The lake is sectioned into 3 areas covering different distances and grades.

Central Loop The easiest with a short distance of 3.7km loop from Kings Avenue Bridge to Commonwealth Avenue bridge. This route will take you to many of the city's national attractions comprising the Parliamentary Triangle that includes the National Gallery of Australia, Questacon and the Old Parliament house.

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overlooking the National Library

If you're doing this section in the afternoon between 2pm and 4pm, you're in a good time to take a perfect snap of Captain Cook Memorial Jet in full blast.

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water jet in the lake

Eastern Loop Mostly flat surfaces as well, this 9km loop will take you through to Kingston Foreshore precinct towards Fyshwick and Jerrambomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve. Some of the highlights are the Old Bus Deport market which is only open on Sundays, and Canberra Glassworks where you can see the glass blowing demonstrations every Wednesday to Sunday. Also, a number of good cafes are found along the leafy streets in Kingston where I made a pit stop to refuel my energy. I couldn't resist the smell of a good coffee.

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$10 breakfast special @ Bittersweet

Western Loop - The longest route with some uphill areas, this 16km journey will give you a different insight of what Canberra is all about. This loop will take you to the suburb of Yarralumla where the official residence of the Governor General of Australia is situated. You might be lucky to see some top officials getting in and out of the house.

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Government House

I must say, my favourite spot along this route is the panoramic view of Yarralumla Bay, just right after Scrivener Dam. The sweeping vistas of the bay will surely take your breathe away.

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overlooking Yarramlumla Bay

If you don't have your own two-wheel drive, they are available for hire at Mr. Spokes Bike Hire. You will definitely find one that will suit your cycling needs.

Anything you need to know about the cycling routes around the lake can be downloaded from the official tourist website.

But If riding is not your thing, you can also see the beauty of the lake via a simple stroll or casual run. Whatever options you take, make sure to wear your comfortable shoes and water to keep you hydrated. With great views on-sight on a picture perfect day, you may not want to stop until you finish the entire loop.

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overlooking Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club
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Why? see the beauty of Lake Burley Griffin
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