The title of this review may be a bit misleading – I actually mean a walk around the central basin – a circular walk of 5kms crossing the lake via Commonwealth and King’s bridges (bridge to bridge). This is an easy walk along flat (apart from going up and down onto the bridges to cross the lake – steps or ramp) sealed paths and is a favourite of locals and tourists alike. Please look at my separate review on cycling around the whole lake – some 29 kms though shorter options are also mentioned there. Off course there is nothing stopping you walking the lot.
I particularly recommend this walk early in the morning with (or without) a mist on the lake or at dusk.
Along the lakeside or within a short distance therefrom you will pass or or be in close proximity of a large number of the major tourist sights of Canberra – in fact all of those in the PARLIAMENTARY TRIANGLE – NORTH OF THE LAKE, the PARLIAMENTARY TRIANGLE – SOUTH OF THE LAKE And the AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL AND ANZAC PARADE categories as detailed on my Canberra review summary page.
Of course if you do the walk in the early morning or approaching nightfall you will not be able to visit many of these sights but the numerous memorials and park areas can be enjoyed at these times leaving the rest of the day for the museums, galleries, etc. I should point out that the Australian War Memorial and New Parliament House are the most distant sights from the lakes edge at around a kilometre. These and a number of the museums and galleries need such time to visit that I would not incorporate them into my walk but rather visit them separately.
If you choose to visit or unduly linger at each attraction along the way you will turn your one – two hour stroll into a day or three.
Eating and restroom facilities are available along the walk, the number open being dependent on the time of day you walk.
Being a circular walk you can, naturally, start it an finish it where you like. If you are staying in the City area I would suggest starting at Regatta Point (north of the lake) and walking in a clockwise direction. In addition to being able to drive to and park here it is also accessible by public transport or on foot from the City Centre.