Throughout the 10km Bowen Park loop around Lake Burley Griffin, you will experience Canberra’s beauty at night with sunset on the lake and views of the surrounding hills and mountains.
The route begins at the very picturesque Bowen Park and sets off left along Lake Burley Griffin. The path around the lake will pass by the National Gallery of Australia, Questacon National Science and Technology Centre and the Science Garden.
You will then walk on to Lennox Gardens, which has beautiful views of Black Mountain and the Brindabella Ranges. The lush gardens are also home to two landscaped gifts from Japan and China!
Coming out of the garden, the route crosses the Waterloo Bridge and then heads underneath it, to pass the Historical Waterloo Bridge Memorial and enter Commonwealth Park. Walking through this park you will pass the Captain James Cook Memorial, the National Capital Exhibition and Nerang Pool.
The route then reaches Rond Terrace where you can take a quick toilet break – less than 4km to go! Continue to follow the path around the lake, through Kings Park, and see the Australian Merchant Navy Memorial on your left.
Follow the pedestrian bridge to Aspen Island where you can see up close the National Carillon lit up. From here there are breathtaking views of the lake, surrounding hills and Canberra city lit up at night.
Leaving the island, follow the path to the right to cross the Kings Avenue Bridge. Follow the route as it loops under the bridge and towards Bowen Park for the final 1km!! Follow the path to the finish village. YOU DID IT!
Some important stuff:
Water and Toilets - There are very few water and toilet stops along the entire route. You must refill your water bladder EVERY TIME you see a water refill station even if you think you have plenty left.
Head torches - Remember to bring your head torch, they are compulsory for all trekkers!
Please note: All Coastrek routes are subject to change. We attempt, at all times, to adhere to the advised route. However, as we are immersed in nature, there may sometimes be circumstances beyond our control (tides, fallen trees/branches, other safety aspects as advised by local councils) that require us to slightly alter the route. In any such cases these will be clearly marked and identified on Event Day.