Now to something more laidback. The architect Burley Griffin included a beautiful lake in his 1911 visionary plan for Canberra but it was not until 1964 that the great body of water (bearing his name) came into being – it was artificially created. Spanning an area more than 704 hectares and a varied shoreline 35 km long, it is huge by any standard. A number of islands enliven the scene which is further enhanced by lakeside landscaping as in the Commonwealth Park. The Captain Cook Memorial Jet majestically waterspouts a jet of water 140m into the air. Visitors just love to bicycle along the lake shoreline. Quite a tranquil experience mate, after seeing the reminders of war at the War Memorial, mate.