Lake Burley Griffin
Lake Burley Griffin was constructed in 1963 after the Molonglo River was dammed, and was named after Canberra's designer. It is possible to boat in the lake, and walk or skate around the 35km shoreline.
You can hire boats, bikes and skates from Acton Park Ferry Terminal to the north of the lake. Also on the north you can find a skeleton globe, at Regatta Point, which marks Captain Cook's three great traveling voyages. There is also a Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet, which throws 6 tons of water 147m into the air, built in 1970 and is open 11.00am-4.00pm. The best place to photograph the Jet is from the National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point.
The National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point, located on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin gives comprehensive information about the history and development of Canberra through to Canberra today. It is open everyday between 9am and 5pm except for Christmas Day. Entry to the National Capital Exhibition is free.
Further East you'll find the stone Blundell's Cottage. This was built in 1860 before the nation of Australia even existed, let alone Canberra, and gives information about early farming and life on the Limestone Plains during the early 19th century. Blundell's Cottage is open from 11am to 4pm everyday except Christmas Day. Admission fees are adults $4, concessions $2 or families $10.
Further east again is the National Carillon at King's Park. This large bell tower was given to Australia by the British Government in 1970 to celebrate 50 years of Canberra and the 55 cast bells each weigh between seven kilograms and six tones.
Recitals are held here on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 12:30pm except in winter when they are only held on Wednesdays and Sundays at 12:30pm.
Tours of the area are held throughout the whole year every Saturday at 11.30am. From Spring through to Autumn, tours are also held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.30pm. Bookings are essential on 02 6257 1068.
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