Great Australian Walks with Julia Zemiro: Sept 7

Julia walks 11.5km round the iconic Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Great Australian Walks with Julia Zemiro this week is in Canberra, centred around the architectural jewel of Australia’s capital, Lake Burley Griffin, which was designed by an American landscape architect who won an international competition in 1912… though Julia soon discovers his wife, Marion, was an equal partner to the winning design though her name never appeared on the application form lest it rob their chances of success.

Arriving by bicycle, Julia braves the elements as she walks 11.5km round the iconic Lake Burley Griffin in the footsteps of Robert Menzies, our longest-serving Prime Minister, and John Howard, whose morning walks in his trackies became a cultural reference point.

Along the way she meets one of Australia’s greatest sporting legends, David Pocock, who has now turned his hand to politics; learns to play a very rare and huge instrument gifted to the capital by the Queen; meets a former ambassador of an Asian ally to Australia; and learns about the longest continuous protest for Indigenous land rights on

7:30pm tonight on SBS.

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