Originally from Canberra, I moved to Melbourne for study. You might say that my life is much like this sentence - it began with a capital. Now, having spent a few years in Melbourne, I share my experiences of each city.
Published November 28th 2013
Don't delay, get a load of Lotus Bay
Lotus Bay and its neighbour Attunga Point together form a contrast between the Canberra bushland and the colonial intrusion in the region during the nineteenth century.
During this period of history, Attunga Point was identified as having a great wealth of stone with which to build houses for the first settlers. Attunga Point Quarry is believed to have been the main stone resource for a couple of the first cottages built in the region, including William Klensendorlffe's 'Elizabeth Cottage'. Evidence of the Point being used as a Quarry can be seen in the small boulders, eroded rock face and vague dirt track.
Track leading down to where Attunga Point meets Lake Burley-Griffin
Attunga Point is now recognised as an untouchable piece of bushland, working in tandem with Stirling Park, overgrown where it meets Lake Burley-Griffin. This spot is neatly tucked away behind the hill just inland and for this reason it is a nice spot to watch the world go by for those who enjoy a bit of privacy in their outdoor leisure.
Lotus Bay plays host to the Canberra Yacht Club, which began based at Lake George before migrating to Lake Burley-Griffin after the latter was filled during the 1960's. Before this time, Lotus Bay was the site of a small settler's farm and cottage. The cottage remained for nearly a century at the site, passing through the hands of a number of families, before eventually being knocked down in the mid-twentieth century. This paved the way for the Canberra Yacht Club's relocation.