Lake Ginninderra is home to a variety of native plants and water bird species and is beloved by the people of Belconnen. Constructed in 1974, it was an important part of the Y-plan of the late 1960s and early 1970s that proposed a town centre model for Canberra’s growth.

The building of the Belconnen town centre began in the late 1960s and the lake was formed soon after by the introduction of the Ginninderra Drive embankment across Ginninderra Creek, and filled in 1975.

With a surface area of 105 hectares and an average depth of 3.5 metres, Lake Ginninderra is encircled by scenic and recreational walking and cycling paths, a sandy beach, barbecue and playground areas, two fishing jetties and a landscape of mostly native plants. It also hosts a bustling dining precinct, public art and the Belconnen Arts Centre.

Visit John Knight Park for a barbecue with family and friends or walk or cycle the relatively flat seven kilometre circumference of Lake Ginninderra, starting from the carpark of the Western Foreshore District Park, just off Coulter Drive and Macdermott Place.

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