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.
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
Average children per family: 1.5<
Crime: 572 incidents in 2015 (not including traffic infringements)