Canberra’s shining centrepiece, Lake Burley Griffin, is a beacon for visitors to the city and loyal lake-walking locals. Any given day walkers, runners, doggos big and small, can be found making the 5km ‘bridge to bridge’ pilgrimage. However, it’s what the locals do on the water that is making leisure waves.
Photo: Anthony Croke for GoBoat
For freedom, food and fun on the water, look no further than GoBoat Canberra. GoBoat offers locals and visitors the opportunity to captain your own boat (no previous boating experience or a boat licence required) and chart your own adventure on Lake Burley Griffin. All safety equipment is supplied, the boats are powered by eco-friendly electric motors (recharged with Green Power) and the boats themselves are made from recycled plastic bottles and sustainably farmed wood.
Choose your crew (up to eight people per boat) and gather around the picnic table on board for good food, drink and conversations, while the shores of the beautiful lake slowly drift by.
Where: Wharf 2, Trevillian Quay, Kingston
Cost: Prices start at $95 for one hour
Photo: Stand Up Paddleboarding Canberra
Stand Up Paddleboarding
One thing Canberra is often criticised for is its unfortunate lack of ocean. So one of the last things you might expect to find in the capital is an internationally accredited Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUPing) School. But that’s exactly what Matthew Scott, brings to Lake Burley Griffin.
Having established Stand Up Paddle Canberra in 2014 (previously known as The SUP’ing Caveman), Matthew says the appetite for SUPing in Canberra has been unbelievable. “We’ve had over 700 students come through our school since September 2014 and we’ve witnessed significant growth in use of the lake, involving all types of watercraft,” says Matt.
You can have a go at SUPing as a one-off experience, book a course of three sessions or even learn as a family, where the little ones will go free with a full-paying adult.
There are many benefits to learning to SUP in Canberra, as Matt notes “Lake Burley Griffin is such a wonderful and beautiful lake. There are only a handful of cities around the world that you can paddle through. Because the lake is unaffected by tides and swells, beginners have the opportunity to learn in an environment that isn’t as erratic as the ocean.”
So why should people give SUPing a go in Canberra?
“The opportunity to see such an underrated city from this perspective cannot be underestimated. Whether it be for fitness, relaxation, adventure or even to spend time with loved ones away from the day-to-day distractions of the world, there is nothing more peaceful than being out on Lake Burley Griffin, with just the sound of your board and paddle cutting through the water,” says Matt.
Where: Molonglo Reach at Lake Burley Griffin, Duntroon
Cost: Prices start at $60 per person