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4 Ways to See Lake Burley Griffin

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published December 31st 2012
Lake Burley Griffin is one of Canberra's central attractions. The large lake has a big impact on not only how Canberra looks, but also how the entire city is laid out. While it's nice to sit down and enjoy the lake at the waters edge, here are 4 different ways you can enjoy Lake Burley Griffin.

1. Take to the Lake by Bike

Bike riding is hugely popular in Canberra, and there are bike tracks running all around the lake. It's not just a chance to see the lake, but it's also a way to see the bush and other attractions that surround it.



Obviously it's a bit easier if you have your own bike, but if you don't there are places you can hire bikes as well. Try Mr. Spokes down at Acton Park, you'll already be on the lake when you hire a bike here. As well as regular bikes you can also hire pedal cars, that allow two adults to sit in a shaded cart that they then pedal around the lake.

2. Segway Round the Lake

Bikes might be popular, but they're not quite as cool as riding a segway. Seg Glide Ride can be found by Questacon and the International Flag Display, and they're the only place in Australia where you can hire a segway to ride on public land.

You can hire the segways for a quick fun burst of 15 minutes, or for 30 and 1 hour intervals. Prices start at $25, and you'll pay $55 for a full hour.

Segways are a unique way to travel, and unlike bikes, you won't get as tired. Don't worry if you're unsure about how to use one, you'll get a full rundown of how to use them, and how they work.
 

3. See the Lake from the Air

One of the most spectacular ways to see Lake Burley Griffin is high in the air thanks to a Balloon Aloft hot air balloon. It's fantastic if you can get up early and take the balloon up to see the sun rising over the lake and Canberra.



Hot air balloons aren't cheap, but it's an experience unlike any other. If you can't afford a ride up in the balloon it's still worth making your way to the waters edge so you can watch them make their way over the lake.

4. See the Lake from Afar

If you'd like to get up high without the expense, take a trip to Black Mountain Tower instead. It's not as spectacular as the hot air balloons, but the tower does have 360 views of Canberra, meaning you'll be able to see the lake from every angle.



Heading to Black Mountain tower gives you a chance to experience Lake Burley Griffin from afar, and helps you properly appreciate the impact the lake has on the Canberra landscape.

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And you can hire paddle boats and canoes. If you time it right, you can take your kids within splash range of the Captain Cook Water Jet.
by Felicity Banks (score: 1|59) 2127 days ago
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