Aspen Island

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Aspen Island
National Carillon (437594827).jpg
Aerial view with Kings Avenue Bridge, behind.
LocationLake Burley Griffin, Canberra (Map)
Coordinates35°17′56″S 149°08′32″E / 35.29889°S 149.14222°E / -35.29889; 149.14222Coordinates: 35°17′56″S 149°08′32″E / 35.29889°S 149.14222°E / -35.29889; 149.14222
Total islands1
Highest elevation578 m (1,896 ft) (approx.)

Aspen Island, within Lake Burley Griffin, is a man-made island located in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Aspen Island is located on the south-eastern side of the Central Basin of Lake Burley Griffin, adjacent to Kings Park, Parkes. The island lies within the Canberra ceremonial precinct, called the Parliamentary Triangle. The Australian National Carillon is situated on the island, that is linked to the mainland at Kings Park, by a footbridge which is named after John Douglas Gordon, who played the inaugural recital.[1]

The name of Aspen Island was gazetted on 21 November 1963, and named after the aspen tree,[2] of which some are classified by botanists in the section Populus, of the poplar genus.

Aspen Island is the largest of three islands at the south-eastern end of Central Basin of Lake Burley Griffin. The two smaller adjacent island are unnamed.[3]


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  1. ^ "Aspen Island - Home to the National Carillon". National Capital Authority. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Aspen Island". Place name search. Government of the Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  3. ^ Marshall, Duncan; Firth, Dianne (2011). "National Carillon & Aspen Island Heritage Management Plan" (PDF). National Capital Authority. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 April 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013.