Lake Burley Griffin

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Canberra , Australia
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The 35km shore of this lake is home to most of the city's cultural institutions and to a high proportion of its leisure activities. It was filled by damming the Molonglo River in 1963 with the 33m-high Scrivener Dam and was named after American architect Walter Burley Griffin who, with the help of his wife and fellow architect Marion, won an international competition to design Australia's new capital city in 1911.

Built in 1970 to mark the bicentenary of Cook's landfall, the Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet near Regatta Point flings a 6-tonne column of water up into the air. There is also a skeleton globe at the Point on which Cook's three great voyages are traced.

On Aspen Island is the 50m-high National Carillon , a gift from Britain on Canberra's 50th anniversary in 1963. The tower has 55 bronze bells, weighing from 7kg to 6 tonnes each, making it one of the world's largest musical instruments. Daily recitals are held – check the monthly schedule at