Grevillea Park



Grevillea Park photo

Grevillea Park is located on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin’s East Basin with and is accessible via Morshead Drive in Russell. The park has a boat ramp and parking, however the water is not suitable for swimming.

The park has pleasant views across the lake to Jerrabomberra Wetlands, the suburb of Kingston and Parliament House. It is a place to enjoy magnificent sunsets. Located in the park is a restaurant which capitalises on these views. With its boat-ramp and shelving sandy beach the 13.5 hectare park provides easy access and parking for recreation boating (power boats prohibited).

Parking areas are provided, while good pedestrian and cycle access is available. The sandy beach and boat ramp ensure good access for boats. Model boats utilise the area. In recent times the park has become a favoured venue for meetings of enthusiasts interested in displaying motor cars (subject to Public Place approvals - phone 6207 7139). There are no barbecues and the water is not suitable for swimming.



A park linked to Walter Burley Griffin's plan

Walter Burley Griffin attached the names of Australian indigenous flora to key places on his 1918 plan for Canberra. One of these places was "Grevillea Place" on the southern shore of East Basin, however this name was lost in the late 1920s. In 1963 when Lake Burley Griffin was under construction, the name was resurrected. The gazette naming the park, stated that the genus Grevillea comprised "about 240 known species of trees and shrubs, widespread in Australia".
The eastern boundary of Grevillea Park abuts the line of Griffin's proposed Causeway, which was to hold back the waters of East Lake, the yet to be built upper lake of his innovative lake scheme.

Designed to emphasise the indigenous landscape

Development of the park was initiated in the early 1960s by the National Capital Development Commission. The informal planting design utilised predominantly mixed species of eucalypts and wattles thereby linking the landscape to the nearby Mt Pleasant. There are pleasant grassed openings within the indigenous landscape which can be enjoyed by large groups of people. Poplars and willows and other deciduous trees are planted adjacent to the water's edge.


Gray, J (1997) The Historical and Cultural Background of Selected Urban Parks in Canberra - Volume 2.

Facilities and activities

Facilities and activities

  • Boat launch  (power boats prohibited)
  • Canoe entry point
  • Windsurfing
  • Picnic tables
  • Dogs on leash


About urban parks

Transport Canberra and City Services manages urban parks and open space in Canberra. There are three main types of urban parks in Canberra: town parks, district parks and neighborhood parks. Other landscaped components of the park system include:

  • Pedestrian parkland which are corridors of open space provided for pedestrian movement within and between suburbs.
  • Semi-natural open spaces which are areas of remnant grazing land or native vegetation, and include creek corridors, hilltop areas, ridges and buffer areas between suburbs.
  • Native grassland or woodland sites which contain endangered plant species.
  • Major road verges and medians.
  • Informal use ovals which are non-irrigated open dryland grass areas for informal sport and recreational use.
  • Special purpose areas which are large open spaces dedicated to specialised recreational activities or sporting events.

Plans of management

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