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A look around Canberra: Fyshwick

By Alexandra Craig - 29 January 2016 46

The suburb of Fyshwick is probably Canberra’s most “famous” suburb. Everyone that’s never been to Canberra knows about Fyshwick and once someone finds out you’re from Canberra they will probably ask “Can you still get fireworks/porn at Fyshwick?” The answer to that question is no you can’t as fireworks were banned some years ago, and yes you can. You can buy porn, you can buy a car, check out some furniture, and even duck in to a trendy cafe!

As the above description would indicate, Fyshwick is largely an industrial suburb. I always thought it was one of the only suburbs in Canberra that had zero residents but in fact Fyshwick had 38 residents at the last Census. I’m unsure where the residental part of Fyshwick actually is, from the map it looks like it takes in part of The Causeway area so perhaps a few houses there scrape in.

Fyshwick is home to an outlet shopping centre, formerly known as DFO it was renamed semi-recently to COC (Canberra Outlet Centre). Surely the irony is lost on whoever ticked off on the name change, especially given that COC is located on Iron Knob Street.

There is also some really cool cafes in Fyshwick. My favourite is ONA Coffee on Wollongong Street, and friends speak very highly of Two Hands on Lyell Street. If you’re after a sweet treat there’s also Flute Bakery on Barrier Street and Dream Cuisine Patisserie on Whyalla Street.

 

two hands cafe

For those wondering where the name Fyshwick came from, wonder no more! It was named after Philip Oakley Fysh, one of the Founders of the Consitution, and at the suggestion of the Federal Capital Commission, the Canberra National Memorials Committee approved the inclusion of the suffix ‘wick’ which meant ‘village’.

Street theme: Industrial towns 
Federal Electorate: Canberra
Federal MP: Gai Brodtmann
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population: 38
Average children per family: 1.5<
Crime: 572 incidents in 2015 (not including traffic infringements)

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A look around Canberra: Fyshwick
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bikhet 9:18 am
29 Jan 16
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Egg & bacon roll at Kapital Kebabs in Wollongong St. Nothing flash, just plenty of bacon, plenty of egg, a good roll and it all tastes good. What more do you want!

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MERC600 9:48 am
29 Jan 16
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bikhet said :

Egg & bacon roll at Kapital Kebabs in Wollongong St. Nothing flash, just plenty of bacon, plenty of egg, a good roll and it all tastes good. What more do you want!

Thanks for the tip

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JC 9:51 am
29 Jan 16
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Think you will find the residential area is the caravan park.

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Zan 10:48 am
29 Jan 16
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Best coffee by far is Celestino in Pirie Street. Noise level is very low, unlike all the others mentioned where the noise level is much too high for my liking.

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John Moulis 1:56 pm
29 Jan 16
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You forgot to mention that there are also five gyms in Fyshwick.

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Holden Caulfield 2:18 pm
29 Jan 16
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MERC600 said :

bikhet said :

Egg & bacon roll at Kapital Kebabs in Wollongong St. Nothing flash, just plenty of bacon, plenty of egg, a good roll and it all tastes good. What more do you want!

Thanks for the tip

Also the Snack Shack on Yallourn Street for great no fuss egg’n’bacon rolls. They also do the BEST value freshly made sandwiches in Canberra.

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Holden Caulfield 2:18 pm
29 Jan 16
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“Surely the irony is lost on whoever ticked off on the name change, especially given that COC is located on Iron Knob Street.”

Alexandra, this is quite possibly the best thing you’ve written on RA. Thank you for the giggle.

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HenryBG 3:00 pm
29 Jan 16
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The Box Diner isn’t bad, either, on Tennant Street.
boxdiner.com.au

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Alexandra Craig 5:15 pm
29 Jan 16
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Holden Caulfield said :

“Surely the irony is lost on whoever ticked off on the name change, especially given that COC is located on Iron Knob Street.”

Alexandra, this is quite possibly the best thing you’ve written on RA. Thank you for the giggle.

Ha! You’re more than welcome.

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Steven Bailey 5:57 pm
29 Jan 16
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I say bring the fireworks back!! 🙂

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bikhet 6:51 pm
29 Jan 16
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Steven Bailey said :

I say bring the fireworks back!! 🙂

Hear hear! Then Canberra will have all three of its sources of income back – taxes, porn & fireworks.

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joingler 8:29 pm
29 Jan 16
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Are there any residential blocks at CIT Fyshwick? That might explain the residents there.

Is there any housing near the fresh food markets?

According to my UBD, all of the causeway area is in Kingston.

The other thought i had is that maybe there are some homeless people wh9 call Fyshwick home

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sparrowitis 8:58 pm
29 Jan 16
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joingler said :

Are there any residential blocks at CIT Fyshwick? That might explain the residents there.

There are numerous caretaker’s residences, and I believe the Salvation Army has housing near Canberra Milk.

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Katietonia 11:04 pm
29 Jan 16
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My family live in Fyshwick and have for over 20 years now. It’s an actual house amongst the industrial shops. They’re interspersed through a few parts of Fyshwick but ours isn’t visible from the road. We know of atleast 3 other neighbours on our street.

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rubaiyat 4:16 am
30 Jan 16
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My curiosity at the strange layout of Fyshwick was answered when I discovered it was originally built as a concentration camp during WWI.

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