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A look around Canberra – Bruce

By Alexandra Craig 31 July 2015 8

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The suburb of Bruce is named after former prime minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce, who occupied the highest office in the land between 1923 and 1929. Though, judging by a recent meme doing the rounds in Canberra, some might be forgiven for thinking former US sports star Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner has something to do with it.

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Bruce is home to the University of Canberra (UC), the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), a CIT campus, Calvary Hospital, Radford College, and Canberra Stadium – although current sponsorship naming rights technically make it GIO Stadium.

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The population of Bruce was over 6000 at the last Census, with around 1600 of those people on-campus students at UC. This figure surprises me – I didn’t realise Bruce had such a high population. I had previously (and incorrectly) assumed that Bruce was a really new housing estate with only one or two thousand residents.

As far as eating out and dining goes, there aren’t a huge amount of options in Bruce. The standout establishment in Bruce is Ellacure Restaurant and Bar on Battye Street, which many friends have spoken of highly. Just down the road on Thynne Street there is also Cafe Momo, which also seems to be a hit with locals.

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If there’s one thing interstate school kids remember about their excursion to Canberra, it’s a visit to the AIS. I thought it was just about the coolest thing ever when I was twelve, and when I returned for a tour as part of the Human Brochure campaign last year, I still thought it was the coolest thing ever. If you haven’t been out there, I highly recommend taking a look.

Quick stats
Street theme:  Australian tertiary education
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Ginninderra
Population: 6390
Population breakdown: 49.5 per cent male, 50.5 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.6
Crime: 894 incidents in 2014 (this includes a whopping 456 traffic infringements. I wonder if these numbers are mostly drink drivers leaving the stadium after an event)


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Jordania 5:08 am 07 Aug 15

When an English friend of mine, a huge fan of the Monty Python University of Wooloomooloo Philosophy Department sketch, heard that there is a suburb of Canberra called Bruce, he nearly expired from mirth. Same as we, I guess, would be amused by somewhere called Slough.

DavidStephens 10:46 pm 06 Aug 15

Hidden treasure is South Bruce: Jaeger Circuit and a few side streets. And retirement home on the corner. What more do you need?

Kalliste 3:48 pm 01 Aug 15

There’s also Zierholz in UC.

screaming banshee 9:48 pm 31 Jul 15

Never been particularly fussed by Momo, best cafe in Bruce would be plunge.

creative_canberran 6:18 pm 31 Jul 15

Not to nit pick, but Prime Minister is the second highest office in the land.

Nilrem 4:48 pm 31 Jul 15

Ezy said :

Like Isaacs – Bruce also has a network of mountain bike trails, although Bruce Ridge are more cross country than the down hill trails at Isaacs. If you drive along the GDE and look over to the ridge, you will almost always see riders out and about there. They are great trails. Map below:

https://bruceridge.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/bruce-july-trails_opt.pdf

Good running on Bruce Ridge too. Also don’t forget Calvary Hospital, which has the northside’s Emergency Department.

Ezy 1:53 pm 31 Jul 15

Like Isaacs – Bruce also has a network of mountain bike trails, although Bruce Ridge are more cross country than the down hill trails at Isaacs. If you drive along the GDE and look over to the ridge, you will almost always see riders out and about there. They are great trails. Map below:

https://bruceridge.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/bruce-july-trails_opt.pdf

MonarchRepublic 11:48 am 31 Jul 15

Don’t forget Seasalt Dining on Braybrooke Street as another dining option. The atmosphere is not as cosy as Ellacure, but still very pleasant, and they do some very tasty food!

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