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Lack of cafes on Canberra lakes

By goog - 17 April 2012 29

Why are there so few cafes and restaurents on Canberra lakes ?

After walking around Lake Tuggeranong the other day, my wife and I decided to have a coffee on the “cafe strip” outsde the Hyperdome. As we sat there sipping our coffee listening to deafening buses and trucks roar by billowing out goodness knows what from their exhausts, I could not wonder why the Hyperdome along with some bars/cafes/ restaurents could not have been built on the lake so we could enjoy the wiews and peace it offers. I just don’t get it.

While I’m on the subject, the same can be said of Civic and Belconnen. Could you imagine how lovely and vibrant our town centres would be if somene with a bit of common sense was in control of town planning?

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marcothepolopony 9:33 am 18 Apr 12

Try McDonalds cafe by the lake.
Quiet and peaceful with nice northerly views of the lake.
Coffee is very good too.

threepaws 11:36 pm 17 Apr 12

notdingers said :

The Jetty Cafe might be good.

Closed Sundays which sucks but it looks promising.

Don’t bother going on a Monday either. Even though they are open, this is the day they do their shopping for the rest of the week and thus, can’t actually serve you anything. Not even a milkshake apparently!

Terrible. Don’t bother.

Lousy location, lousy service, lousy set up.

WVCC 10:36 pm 17 Apr 12

Pandy said :

Present community councils and do gooders in the 60s were dead set against it.

Nothing to with the Community councils on this. The planning of the city was done before many community councils were formed.
We would just love to have some sort of water feature in Woden (other than the concrete drain and Eddison park pond). Wetland ponds would be nice then you can have your cafe’s. No problem with us. You need to asked the ACT Gov. or LDA to improve the situation

gazket 10:25 pm 17 Apr 12

carry a thermos

FioBla 9:52 pm 17 Apr 12

When I first arrived in Canberra, I thought that the tip of Black Mountain Peninsular would be a nice place to have a restaurant. The view is pretty spectacular (not sure about night time). A bicycle path, and Lady Denman Drive pass by it, and there could be space for cars. Places like Hobart are pretty cold, but there are enclosed waterfront restaurants at Mures & close by (-42.88236, 147.33400). So customers can eat inside or outside depending on weather. Of course that’s at the mouth of the Derwent River & the place has ships docked, so there’s fish.

Launceston has a smaller Tamar River, but there’s a waterfront restaurant and apartments there as well. It’s also enclosed, with doors that open during the warmer months. (-41.432443, 147.132857) There are a few places to eat at either site, and neither are too upmarket. I’ve seen a restaurant at LBG—Waters Edge—which looks a bit posh from the outside.

I’m guessing that Kingston will have some waterfront cafes, given the apartments close by.

Of the sites mentioned elsewhere, I’ve been to Emu Banks, which also looked like a nice location for restaurants. Tend to agree about Tuggeranong.

Pandy 8:19 pm 17 Apr 12

Present community councils and do gooders in the 60s were dead set against it.

pink little birdie 8:12 pm 17 Apr 12

The Algae starts around late November and stays until March in Lake Tuggeranong

pink little birdie 8:12 pm 17 Apr 12

also the amount of algae in lake Tuggeranong makes it stinky. near the town centre end. I’m 100% positive I won’t be eating with the smell of blue green algae penetrating any eating areas next to the lake.

Watson 7:42 pm 17 Apr 12

schmeah said :

You’ve clearly never spent time down at the lake in the winter time. Sure, it’s not Chicago but when it’s relatively icy and windy for 6 months of the year who wants to sit near the stinking lakes sipping coffee .. go for a run, yes, sit on my backside .. sadly no.

Well keep running then. I’ll take your sheltered spot by the outdoor heater.

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