Imagine West Basin filled with shops, restaurants, offices and residential living, with an aquatic centre on the lakes edge, several metres from the existing foreshore. The City to the Lake master plan aims to make this vision a reality.

Walk through Commonwealth Park with appreciative eyes for the world class beauty of our national capital. Pop into the National Capital Exhibition and learn more about Australia’s national capital.

Park the car at West Basin and cast your line for Murray Cod or Silver Perch.

Further afield, use the Canberra Tracks website and plan a drive on the Summit Track, taking in Red Hill, Black Mountain and Mount Ainslie. You can see all three of Canberra’s favourite mounts from the parklands.

Featured image and photos below from Visit Canberra.

Enjoy a picnic

Take advantage of barbecues and picnic facilities at West Basin and Regatta Point. The City West Carpark supermarket on Marcus Clarke Street is within walking distance to the West Basin, and the supermarkets at the bus interchange and Canberra Centre are also close by. Enjoying a picnic by the lake is easy anywhere in Canberra with facilities and amenities only a short stroll away.

West Basin

The West Basin is one of Canberra’s most idyllic locations for a picnic or barbecue. Offering protection from the rain and elements, the West Basin boasts a sandy beach with lake views and is one of the city’s largest sheltered picnic areas. Group bookings for the shelter can be made via the TAMS website. With a kiosk only a few metres away and paddle boats, kayaks and canoes available for hire, don’t miss spending some time by the water on your next day out in Canberra. Check boat hire times at the ACT Boat Hire website.

Regatta point

Regatta Point is adjacent to a children’s playground, coach and car parking, the beautiful Commonwealth Park which is home to Floriade in spring, Stage 88 which hosts some of Canberra’s biggest events and the National Capital Exhibition, which tells the story of Canberra. Regatta Point is picturesque with expansive views of the Central National Area and its mountainous backdrop rich with the stories of our indigenous peoples who’s land we stand on and share.  Regatta Point is a hub for history, arts, culture and dining and is the perfect place to start a walk around Lake Burley Griffin.



Learn and meet

National Capital Exhibition

Appreciate the history of our national capital by visiting the National Capital Exhibition at Regatta Point. Take a virtual tour of the Exhibition on the National Capital Authority website before you go.

National Museum of Australia

Only a 25 minute walk from New Acton, along Canberra’s West Basin. For information on what’s on, visit the National Museum of Australia website. This is a must-see extraordinary collection of what makes us Australian.

Acton Walkways

Promoting the many rich layers of Acton, Acton Walkways is a program of interpretative guided and recommended walks. Visit the Acton Walkways website for departure locations and times. The website also contains further information on events at New Acton such as the night market and art exhibitions, the National Museum of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archives, CSIRO, the ANU and the Shine Dome.

Canberra Business and Event Centre at Regatta Point

Make your conference an event to remember with a lakeside conference room.

National Capital Attractions

Cross Commonwealth Avenue Bridge to visit the National Library, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy and more on the Lake’s southern side.

Walk, run, ride and float

West Basin

There are a number of activities to enjoy in Canberra’s West Basin. For more information visit the following websites:

Bike Hire – Mr Spokes hires bikes and pedal cars

Paddle boats, kayaks, canoes – Lake Burley Griffin Boat Hire

Charter boat and eco tours – Lake Burley Griffin Cruises

Walking Tours – Acton Walkways

Regatta Point

Regatta Point is the gateway to Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin and your ticket to the great outdoors.

In honour of the former Prime Minister who was also one of Lake Burley Griffin’s biggest advocates, the RG Menzies Walk is a lake edge promenade linking Commonwealth Avenue and Kings Avenue bridges. The Walk is regularly used by runners and walkers doing the bridge to bridge loop and during fund raising competitions.

Designed by Dame Sylvia Crowe, Commonwealth Park is a world class 34.5 ha park. Take a leisurely stroll through the stunning greenery, making sure you see Nerang Pool, the stepping stones across the river and Stage 88. Find out more on the National Capital Authority website.

Be entertained

The parklands are popular for a broad range of events – it is here that you can regularly participate in events where you run, ride or walk for charitable causes and watch fireworks on special days. Keep an eye on this website to keep up to date with what’s scheduled.

Stage 88

Visit the website to find out about upcoming events.


In September and October head along to this world class event showcasing not only flowers but local and international cuisine and entertainment. Visit the website for more information.

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