Central Basin, Captain Cook Memorial Jet


UPDATE 28 MAY 2020: This area is CLOSED to Primary Contact recreation due to high levels of blue green algae. The Captain Cook Memorial Jet is off.

Swimming, diving, bathing, novice Secondary Contact Recreation, and windsurfing are currently not permitted.

While this area remains Open to Secondary Contact recreation (sailing, canoeing, rowing etc), persons should be careful to limit any water exposure and should shower after contact with the water.

There is an increased risk of adverse health events from water exposure. Symptoms of exposure may include skin/mucosa irritation, flu-like symptoms, and gastrointestinal illness.

People should not engage in Secondary Contact recreation unless:
*they are experienced;
*they are informed of the algal risks and what to do if contact occurs;
*they do not engage in primary-contact during the recreation; and
* they have access to showing facilities to use immediately after exiting the water.

Event organisers should ensure that participants are aware of the blue-green algae alert level, associated exposure risks and provide adequate showering facilities for after events.

Water users should look for algae warnings signs indicating the current alert level at major water entry points.

WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

The 2019/20 Lake Burley Griffin Recreational Season has closed. Water quality sampling and analysis for the 2020/21 Recreational Season will commence on Monday 12 October 2020. Results will be posted on Thursday 15 October 2020.

As the season is over and weekly testing has ceased, we are unable to advise the species of algae present and concentration of algae in the Lake.

Not all algae is dangerous, however, as a precaution we advise that the public and their pets avoid swimming in areas where there is visible algae.

Swimming in Central Basin is not permitted unless it is part of an approved event, such as a triathlon.

Swimming during the colder months is not recommended. For watercraft safety tips visit https://bit.ly/2G75LK8

SITE INFORMATION
Defined by Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Kings Avenue Bridge, Lake Burley Griffin is the ornamental centrepiece to the Australia's national capital, Canberra and is the setting of many national cultural institutions.

Situated in Central Basin, off Regatta Point is the Captain Cook Memorial Jet and the Captain Cook Memorial Globe. To the east, rising above Aspen Island is the National Carillon.

*STANDING BACTERIA ALERT*
Swimming should be avoided for several days after heavy rainfall as bacterial levels are strongly affected by such events.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 25th, 2020. National Capital Authority updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 27th, 2020 at 7:29 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Monitoring Frequency

Central Basin, Captain Cook Memorial Jet is sampled weekly from October 8th from April 8th.

Source Information

The National Capital Authority (the NCA) monitors the water quality of Lake Burley Griffin in accordance with the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality Management Plan 2010 (available on www.nca.gov.au). Lake Burley Griffin is a freshwater lake.

During the recreational season (mid October to mid April) Enterococci and blue green algae (cyanobacteria) are monitored to advise on the suitability of the water quality for recreational purposes (Primary Contact Recreation: swimming, bathing, novice secondary, and Secondary Contact Recreation: sailing, rowing, kayaks etc).Sites are monitored weekly during the Recreational Season. The Recreational Season runs from 2nd Monday in October to 2nd Monday in April. Samples are collected Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday).Beaches are given a red (fail) if they exceed either of the following protective criteria:Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mLCyanobacteria: 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml (Medium alert) Additional warnings are issued when cyanobacteria level reach high (?50,000 cells/ml) or extreme ( ?125,000 cells/ml) levels. The NCA updates the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality website (www.nca.gov.au) each week during the season with water quality data. Further user advice and information about lake closures and health alerts can also be found at https://www.nca.gov.au/national-land/lake-burley-griffin-management/lake-water-qualityFollow the NCA on Twitter: @nca_media and Facebook: @NCA.gov for current water quality information.Water quality information and data requests can be sent to lakeburleygriffin@nca.gov.auWater Quality Advisory signs are at all recreational areas.

Water Quality Graph

Central Basin, Captain Cook Memorial Jet


COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on May 25th, 2020. National Capital Authority updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on May 27th, 2020 at 7:29 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

UPDATE 28 MAY 2020: This area is CLOSED to Primary Contact recreation due to high levels of blue green algae. The Captain Cook Memorial Jet is off.

Swimming, diving, bathing, novice Secondary Contact Recreation, and windsurfing are currently not permitted.

While this area remains Open to Secondary Contact recreation (sailing, canoeing, rowing etc), persons should be careful to limit any water exposure and should shower after contact with the water.

There is an increased risk of adverse health events from water exposure. Symptoms of exposure may include skin/mucosa irritation, flu-like symptoms, and gastrointestinal illness.

People should not engage in Secondary Contact recreation unless:
*they are experienced;
*they are informed of the algal risks and what to do if contact occurs;
*they do not engage in primary-contact during the recreation; and
* they have access to showing facilities to use immediately after exiting the water.

Event organisers should ensure that participants are aware of the blue-green algae alert level, associated exposure risks and provide adequate showering facilities for after events.

Water users should look for algae warnings signs indicating the current alert level at major water entry points.

WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

The 2019/20 Lake Burley Griffin Recreational Season has closed. Water quality sampling and analysis for the 2020/21 Recreational Season will commence on Monday 12 October 2020. Results will be posted on Thursday 15 October 2020.

As the season is over and weekly testing has ceased, we are unable to advise the species of algae present and concentration of algae in the Lake.

Not all algae is dangerous, however, as a precaution we advise that the public and their pets avoid swimming in areas where there is visible algae.

Swimming in Central Basin is not permitted unless it is part of an approved event, such as a triathlon.

Swimming during the colder months is not recommended. For watercraft safety tips visit https://bit.ly/2G75LK8

SITE INFORMATION
Defined by Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and Kings Avenue Bridge, Lake Burley Griffin is the ornamental centrepiece to the Australia's national capital, Canberra and is the setting of many national cultural institutions.

Situated in Central Basin, off Regatta Point is the Captain Cook Memorial Jet and the Captain Cook Memorial Globe. To the east, rising above Aspen Island is the National Carillon.

*STANDING BACTERIA ALERT*
Swimming should be avoided for several days after heavy rainfall as bacterial levels are strongly affected by such events.

Monitoring Frequency

Central Basin, Captain Cook Memorial Jet is sampled weekly from October 8th from April 8th.

Source Information

The National Capital Authority (the NCA) monitors the water quality of Lake Burley Griffin in accordance with the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality Management Plan 2010 (available on www.nca.gov.au). Lake Burley Griffin is a freshwater lake.

During the recreational season (mid October to mid April) Enterococci and blue green algae (cyanobacteria) are monitored to advise on the suitability of the water quality for recreational purposes (Primary Contact Recreation: swimming, bathing, novice secondary, and Secondary Contact Recreation: sailing, rowing, kayaks etc).Sites are monitored weekly during the Recreational Season. The Recreational Season runs from 2nd Monday in October to 2nd Monday in April. Samples are collected Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday).Beaches are given a red (fail) if they exceed either of the following protective criteria:Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mLCyanobacteria: 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml (Medium alert) Additional warnings are issued when cyanobacteria level reach high (?50,000 cells/ml) or extreme ( ?125,000 cells/ml) levels. The NCA updates the Lake Burley Griffin Water Quality website (www.nca.gov.au) each week during the season with water quality data. Further user advice and information about lake closures and health alerts can also be found at https://www.nca.gov.au/national-land/lake-burley-griffin-management/lake-water-qualityFollow the NCA on Twitter: @nca_media and Facebook: @NCA.gov for current water quality information.Water quality information and data requests can be sent to lakeburleygriffin@nca.gov.auWater Quality Advisory signs are at all recreational areas.

Water Quality Graph

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