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It's autumn in Canberra and the city pulls out all stops to make it th
spectacular season of the year. By JONI SCANLON
Autumn is the perfect time to get
outdoors and explore the city's
hidden gems and fun attractions before
the cold well and truly settles in.
e leaves are changing colour and still
bravely cling to tree branches. e grass
is vividly green after a strong summer
of rain. e temperature is pleasant
and hasn't yet dropped to the cold chill
associated with Canberra's famous winters.
A wonderful way to appreciate autumn
in all its glory is from a boat floating in
the middle of Lake Burley Griffin. Grab
your closest family and friends and head
to Lake Burley Griffin Boat Hire, so
you too can paddle or laze about on the
water, while you take in the picturesque
surrounds. Choose from paddleboats,
kayaks, two- and three-person canoes, and
single and double surf skis. Capture the
atmosphere of Canberra on the lake and
paddle to the Captain Cook Memorial Jet
for an extreme close-up.
After wards, enjoy a light lunch or
coffee from the kiosk while sitting on the
jetty overlooking the water.
is is the perfect season to ride around
Canberra, and with Mr Spokes bike hire
located close to the boat hire, why not
jump on a bike after playing on the lake?
Choose from hybrids, mountain bikes or
the very trendy Townies, and if you want
to take the children along, there are kids'
bikes of all sizes, with training wheels
for the little ones, as well as baby seats,
trailers and tag-a-longs.
e full lake circuit is 35km but you can
choose to ride one or two of the loops that
make up that distance if you are not up to
the whole thing. ere are lots of museums
and cafes along the way, so you can break
up the trip and make the most of the day.
e Central Basin track is fairly easy
and eight kilometres in length. e 45-
minute ride is on a flat circuit heading
from West Basin to Commonwealth Park
where you can view the waterlilies in the
ponds and hear the Carillion bells on
Aspen Island. Head over Kings Avenue
Bridge and take in some of the fabulous
artwork in the National Gallery of
Australia's Sculpture Garden.
e grounds that lie between the
National Gallery of Australia and the
shores of Lake Burley Griffin were
configured to display the gallery's
extensive collection of sculpture. Most of
the sculptures were bought and placed
in the garden during the early 1980s and
reflect the abstract, industrial aesthetic of
that time, however there are some works
that are more evocative, including the
fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya and the
Pukamani burial poles nearby.
Displayed in outside rooms are 26
sculptures made by international and
BREATHTAKING: Distant view
of Black Mountain across
Lake Burley Griffin at sunset.
Image supplied by Australian
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