Lake Ginninderra



Lake Ginninderra photo

Lake Ginninderra comprises of the western foreshores (adjacent to Macdermott Place with access off Joynton Smith Drive) and the northern peninsula (also called Diddams Close Park with access off Diddams Close).

The area is an ideal place for a family picnic amongst the planted native and exotic trees while observing the many species of water birds.

The design of the park emphasises the provision of vehicular access for intensive lake and lakeside recreation in a predominantly Australian landscape setting. The eastern park has a sandy beach, paddling enclosure, playground, picnic tables, barbecues, a public toilet and parking. The western park has a sandy beach, swimming enclosure, boat launching ramp, barbecues, picnic tables, public toilets and a playground.

The swimming beaches are monitored for blue green algae and bacteria. Whenever conditions are unsuitable for swimming public warnings are given and information is posted on the CCS water quality webpage.

In the semi-natural landscape on the southern part of the peninsula, many walking trails may be found. Two fishing jetties have been provided, one on the western shore and one near the southern tip of the peninsula. There is also a cyclepath adjacent to the shoreline.

Also close by is John Knight Memorial Park and Belconnen Skate Park which has access off Emu Bank.



Lake Ginninderra Western Foreshore

The area, previously grazing land, was developed largely in the 1970s consistent with a landscape master plan prepared by the National Capital Development Commission. An emphasis on native species was intended. The Rotary Club of Belconnen contributed to the development of the area by providing finance for the development of a playground in 1979.

The design emphasis has been on provision of access for lake and lakeside recreation in a predominantly Australian landscape setting. Parking areas have substantial capacity, while pedestrian and cycle access can be gained both from the north and south via the path system which encircles Lake Ginninderra.

Lake Ginninderra Peninsula

In 1967 the National Capital Development Commission decided to create Lake Ginninderra as the central scenic and recreational focus of Belconnen Town Centre. The foreshore development plan in 1981 envisaged development of the two peninsula parks for intensive recreation, while much of the peninsula to remain as an informal semi-natural landscape dominated by indigenous plants.

Consistent with the official decision to name all streets in Belconnen after Lord Mayors and Mayors, the road providing access to these two parks from Ginninderra Drive was named after Henry Diddams (1864-1928), who was the first Mayor of Brisbane elected directly by constituents in 1921.


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

Facilities and activities

Facilities and activities

  • BBQ
  • Sailing/windsurfing
  • Boat launch (power boating prohibited)
  • Swimming
  • Fishing (from twp fishing jetties at Diddams Close Park)
  • Cycling
  • Dogs on leash
  • Off leash dog area (at Lake Ginninderra Peninsula)
  • Picnic tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Toilets
  • Walking trails



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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