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Walk 36 Two Bridges and a Lake

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Regatta Point

Barrine Drive

Parkes, ACT 2600

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At Regatta Point we’ll take in views of both bridges, and consider the engineering heritage values of Lake Burley Griffin itself. This topical Walk will then take us to Commonwealth Bridge, where we will discuss a preferred option for the light rail crossing, then along the Menzies Walk to Kings Avenue Bridge. While the two bridges look similar from a distance in forming the Parliamentary Triangle, they are quite different in design and construction. This Walk will be led by Keith Baker from Engineers Heritage Australia, and Graeme Kelleher who was the Supervising Engineer for the construction of Commonwealth Ave Bridge in the 1960s and is a strong advocate for its retention.

Commonwealth Ave Bridge commenced construction in March 1961 and was opened in November 1963, roughly a year before Scrivener Dam was completed and two years before the Lake was inaugurated. Graeme Kelleher will provide more detailed information and outline how the original design and construction of Commonwealth Ave Bridge anticipated a light rail crossing. Then, after following the Menzies Walk along the edge of Lake Burley Griffin to Kings Avenue Bridge, we will view the bridge’s underside and the immediate area to visualise how the bridge was constructed on what was then a dry flood plain along the Molonglo River. Construction commenced in late 1959 and the bridge was officially opened in March 1962.

A level walk of about 4km (short ascent to car park on return) with a possible option of a one way walk of half this distance. Option of coffee following the Walk.

Meet: Park at Regatta Point car parks, Barrine Drive, Parkes (free parking), and meet at the steps down to the Lake at the right hand side of the Regatta Point buildings.

Bad weather: Unless otherwise advised by email, a walk leader will be at the meeting point where a decision will be made as to whether to proceed or postpone.

Note: For the comfort and safety of other walkers, we do not allow dogs on our walks.



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Regatta Point

Barrine Drive

Parkes, ACT 2600

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