Photo by: Tourism Australia
Surely no visit to Canberra is complete unless you somehow encounter Lake Burley Griffin, the city’s sparkling centrepiece. For those who like to cruise and picnic simultaneously, Canberra GoBoat provides an easy way to explore the lake with friends, though the picnic is optional, supplied or BYO. The quiet electric boats seat up to eight and you can even take your pooch. Watch out for the daily spouting of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet from 11am to 2pm, sure to elicit squeals of delight from unsuspecting children, or adults. The boats leave from 8 Trevillian Quay on Kingston Foreshore with prices from $129 to $269 for one to three hours hire. Bookings advisable.
After a long absence, the brightly coloured paddle boats of Capital Paddle are back, allowing paddlers to take in the sights and get some exercise at the same time. Weekend hire is available, with more availability during holidays, $30 for 30 minutes or $40 per hour per two-seater boat—but watch the weather. The boats are located at the bottom of Regatta Point, next to the jetty. No bookings required and dogs welcome.
If you’re averse to water, you can always stroll or cycle the perimeter ‘Bridge to Bridge’, or even the whole perimeter, and make like a local.
Meet the animals at the zoo