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Lotus Bay and Attunga Point

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by Frank Pryor (subscribe)
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.

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Track leading down to where Attunga Point meets Lake Burley-Griffin


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A private outlook through the shrubbery


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.

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The view from Attunga Point towards Lotus Bay


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.

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Lotus Bay


The Yacht Club itself has a sail school, operates sailing competitions, hires out boats and is home to the Lotus Bay Restaurant, which is part of the Canberra Southern Cross Club restaurant chain.

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The long line of parked yachts


Planning on visiting the Yacht Club at Lotus Bay? Why not also take five minutes to also visit Attunga Point and understand the history of the region.
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