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A look around Canberra – Dickson

By Alexandra Craig - 28 August 2015 11

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The suburb of Dickson in Canberra’s north was named after Sir James Dickson, one of the founders of the constitution and premier of Queensland in the late 1800s.

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Dickson gets the tagline ‘Canberra’s Chinatown’ a fair bit, due to the large number of Asian restaurants and grocery stores on Woolley Street. There’s Dickson Dumpling House, The Scholar, Ruby Chinese, Jimmy’s Place, Four Rivers, and about 300 other places that fit into the ‘Chinatown’ theme.

There are also trendy places like Sub Urban bar and restaurant. The restaurant used to be a Belluci’s – the same as the restaurants at Manuka and Woden – but it seems to have recently closed down. Chocolate cafe Oliver Brown has opened their doors in Dickson in the last few months, and Dickson is also home to a handful of fast food establishments.

There’s a fair bit going on in this area as far as new developments go. Several new apartment complexes are being sold off the plan, and a new shopping complex with a Coles and Aldi is also in the works. It can’t come quick enough for me as I hate Woolworths Dickson with a passion, as I wrote earlier in the year. The situation hasn’t improved either.

Dickson is home to the creatively named Dickson College, as well as Daramalan College and Emmaus Christian School. The ACU is just up the road but technically in Watson.

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Government housing Dickson Towers on Northbourne are still standing – albeit with some brightly coloured ACT Government signage on the walls surrounding – after residents were relocated in 2014 so the government can eventually demolish the building.

A little further down the road and the ABC has its Northbourne offices with the famous temperature gauge out the front – pretty much every person in Canberra has driven past there on a wintery morning and yelped at the -4 reading at least once in their life.

Dickson is one of those suburbs that doesn’t really seem to change but give it another few years and I think these new developments might make Dickson a little more cosmopolitan than what it currently is.

Quick stats
Streets are named after:  No specific theme
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 2139
Population breakdown: 50.3 per cent male, 49.7 per cent female 
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 646 incidents in 2014 (not including traffic infringements)

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11 Responses to
A look around Canberra – Dickson
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Bennop 10:46 am
28 Aug 15
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Don’t forget the great pool, multiple gyms, numerous medical centers and library. Dickson rocks.

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Dame Canberra 10:55 am
28 Aug 15
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Bennop said :

Don’t forget the great pool, multiple gyms, numerous medical centers and library. Dickson rocks.

Dickson Library is one of my favourites in Canberra. I also love My Rainbow Dreams, which does great food even if they’re never in a great rush to get your food out. Oh, and the (relatively) new wetlands are lovely too.

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Evilomlap 11:24 am
28 Aug 15
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Is that a bullet hole in the ‘O’ on the Dickson sign?

You must have taken that photo of Woolley St early in the morning, it’s not like that of an evening. Total bubbling cauldron of road rage, especially on a Friday night.

I’ve never had a problem with Dickson Woolies. Maybe it’s the times I choose to go, but I’m always in and out pretty quickly. Plus there’s the cashier who is like a monkey on amphetamines, he’s awesome. Sometimes I’ll cue up just to be served by him. Seriously this guy needs to be seen to be believed, watching him pack your bags is like when you hit fast forward on a dvd.

There’s also a new discount chemist opened on the side near the pool. I want to give it a shout out because the lady that owns it is really nice and she’s had two other chemists at Hackett and Griffith that have failed so I’m sure she’d appreciate the business.

One last point is hopefully a temporary one – the roadworks on Antill St. WTF. Seriously, whoever planned and is currently executing this one needs a slap upside the head. If you want to test your driving skills with a nerve-wracking slalom of near-misses try driving through there on a rainy evening. I’ve done two advanced driving courses and I still had to peel my hands from the steering wheel when I got to my house.

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madelini 1:06 pm
28 Aug 15
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There are also some great cafes in Dickson – Bean & Grain and Good Brother both do really good coffee and brunch. Trinity Bar used to be one of my favourite places too, but I don’t know if it’s still as much fun.

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Holden Caulfield 1:30 pm
28 Aug 15
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I think you forgot to pine over the parklands.

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Kalliste 9:53 pm
28 Aug 15
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Evilomlap said :

Is that a bullet hole in the ‘O’ on the Dickson sign?

I believe (although I haven’t walked down there in a while) that it is an Abyss607 sticker, my favourite graffiti artist who, alas, moved to Melbourne. Speaking of which, a few pieces of his can be found around Dickson. One of which is near the little fruit shop on the roof.

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astrojax 3:20 am
29 Aug 15
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There’s Dickson Dumpling House, The Scholar, Ruby Chinese, Jimmy’s Place, Four Rivers,

but no mention of the tak kee, canberra’s first, and still best, chinese roast… and i’d add sfoglia to good cafes in dickson. still don’t get your beef with woolies, either.

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Kalliste 8:50 pm
29 Aug 15
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astrojax said :

There’s Dickson Dumpling House, The Scholar, Ruby Chinese, Jimmy’s Place, Four Rivers,

but no mention of the tak kee, canberra’s first, and still best, chinese roast… and i’d add sfoglia to good cafes in dickson. still don’t get your beef with woolies, either.

The Dickson Woolies is the worst in Canberra. I once waited 20mins at the deli because one poor guy was left to serve by himself. There is always a line at the checkout. It can be hard to find a park (not that it was an issue for me, I lived in walking distance when I used to go there) and don’t even get me started on what it is like during Summernats weekend..

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Heavs 8:57 am
31 Aug 15
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Holden Caulfield said :

I think you forgot to pine over the parklands.

If you take a walk through the parklands just after sunrise you may be lucky enough to spot the Curmudgeon in its natural habitat.

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Grrrr 1:05 pm
31 Aug 15
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madelini said :

Trinity Bar used to be one of my favourite places too, but I don’t know if it’s still as much fun.

Probably not, seeing as it’s closed – the interior is gutted.

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Alexandra Craig 1:54 pm
31 Aug 15
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Evilomlap said :

You must have taken that photo of Woolley St early in the morning, it’s not like that of an evening. Total bubbling cauldron of road rage, especially on a Friday night.

Yep, first thing in the morning! That place is an absolute nightmare at night.

astrojax said :

There’s Dickson Dumpling House, The Scholar, Ruby Chinese, Jimmy’s Place, Four Rivers,

but no mention of the tak kee, canberra’s first, and still best, chinese roast… and i’d add sfoglia to good cafes in dickson. still don’t get your beef with woolies, either.

I can’t mention every single restaurant in Dickson in the article. I just selected a few names at random.

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