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Cnr Cape & Badham streets, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2602, Australia
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Mysterious Lake George

by missy.pulliam

One of the reviewers (schmoopy) described Mysterious Lake George as lying about 20 miles from Canberra and a beautiful place to visit. It would be interesting to know what activities are available and info on camping facilities available, if any?

Re: Mysterious Lake George

by craic

we used to drive past lake george all the time - in recent years it has always been dry and i have read that because of a new drainage system that is likely to continue

i have only seen it full once - maybe 20 years ago

personally i find it rather unpretty - though mysterious of course - just a flat plain with a few sheep grazing on it - the odd down market shop as you drive by it

there may be camping facilities near by - and activities - but as I say we used to live close by and it has never seemed to be a hub of tourist activity

i have noticed the odd winery offering cellar door tastings

Re: Mysterious Lake George

by Kakapo2

can't give you info about campgrounds - but have you seen this interesting text on Wikipedia:


They write about a windfarm being erected there, and about hanggliding. There also some links to follow up.

Re: Mysterious Lake George

by wallywombat

In my opinion Lake George is a boring dry lake with fences and sheep the only things visible as you drive past it to go to Canberra
Why anyone would want to camp there is beyond me - its farmland .
My son was in a wedding at a Winery across the road and they drove out onto the lake for photos .
Australia has a lot better places to camp than there but it is interesting that in the past and I am sure sometime in the future the distant future since we are in drought it will fill up .No one knows when thats what makes it special .It does have a lookout which gives a great view across the waterless lake might be worth a look .
When full it is 7 metres deep and covers 900 square kilometres being 25 km long and 10km wide I think it last had pools of water in about 2001.
I suggest you Google Lake George Canberra and see the reports for yourself

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The man himself

by iandsmith

Walter Burley Griffin, the man with the plan, was, in fact, American. Walter Burley Griffin was born on November 24, 1876 in Maywood, Illinois. In high school, Griffin showed an interest in landscape gardening and today would certainly be impressed with Canberra's. The family had moved to a new house in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst and Griffin was involved in landscaping their own backyard. His parents let him do what he wanted and before long his brother and sisters were calling it 'The Jungle' because he was experimenting with so many different forms of plants. In 1895, Griffin enrolled in the Department of Architecture at University of Illinois and four years later graduated in Architecture. He returned to home where he quickly found a job as a draughtsman working with Chicago's most progressive and imaginative architects. From 1899 to 1914, Griffin created more than 130 designs in his Chicago office for buildings, urban plans and landscapes, half of which were built in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. In 1912, Griffin won the Canberra Commission for the design of the Federal Capital of Australia. Griffin arrived down under in October 1913 as Federal Director of Design and Construction - development of the city was ready to begin. Dominating Griffin's plan was a central artificial lake and a 'parliamentary triangle' in which the most important national buildings were to be placed. The surrounding residential areas had a geometric street pattern, circular and radial in shape, all fitting well into the general topography. Griffin continued to practise as an architect in Australia and design also the Newman College at the University of Melbourne, the Capitol Theatre and some houses. By 1935, Griffin was reduced to designing municipal incinerators and he left Australia to take up an architectural appointment in India. He died there in 1937 at the age of 60. Interestingly, his wife was also an architect of some reknown. Having writ all of the above I should add that the lake you see today is not the one that Burley Griffin designed but it has certainly added much to the city by way of breaking up streets and suburbs and placing a quieter and more subdued atmosphere right in the centre.

You can't visit Canberra...

by Sioux23

You can't visit Canberra without going up to the top of Mount Ainslie at night. You can see almost the entire city with beautiful views of Parliament House and all the other important landmarks. The things I miss when I'm away from Canberra are: Mt Ainslie, great bus service, really good clubs and the easy going people.

Ethnic mix

by iandsmith

Canberra, like most Australian cities, has a very eclectic mix of population. It's not only the embassies that make it so, it's simply that Australia has always been a place for refugees, even back in ancient times.
Thus it is that you get some great restaurants, especially Italian, and other reminders of foreign visitors. I was yet again reminded of all this when I was dropping Rosemarie's nephew off one night after we'd enjoyed dinner together. Right near his apartment was this church, one of classic orthodoxy from eastern Europe. Though it was late at night I took the time to set up my tripod and get this shot off. Hope you enjoy it.

Floriade 2001 tulips

by CandS

Floriade is held in September/October in Canberra...you will find all sorts of beautiful bulb flowers... It is worth a visit for sure if you're in Canberra at the right time...

Floriade is held in the Commonwealth Park (about five minutes walk from the city centre).

It usually runs from mid September to mid October. Hours are Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Weekends 8 am to 6 pm. Entry is free.

Visit Manuka. In Sydney it's...

by Ronald_T

Visit Manuka. In Sydney it's Double Bay, in Melbourne it's South Yarra. In Canberra, it's Manuka. (Say Mar-nar-kar, not Ma-noo-kar.) Don't be deceived by its low-key village look. This place has everything on the one block. Here you'll find the up market fashion labels (including the imported ones) and a whole street of cafes where the locals love to see and be seen. Drop by for a latte and browse in the arcades. There are beautiful things to discover. Just minutes away from the parliamentary triangle, its a great place to escape to after visiting the Art Gallery, Parliament House etc, etc. And if you want you can even go to the Cinema after some fine or casual dining. To go straight to Manuka with public transport take bus 39 from the City Interchange.


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