The suburb of O’Connor is in Canberra’s inner north, squished in between Turner and Lyneham, with Northbourne Avenue and Gungahlin Drive on either side. It was named after Richard Edward O’Connor, a legislator, federalist, and one of the founders of the Constitution.
I think if you asked a handful of people what they know about O’Connor the first thing they would probably tell you is that they’ve played trivia at the Duxton before. The Duxton is somewhat of a local institution, famous for its Wednesday night trivia and top-notch pub foods (as well as a tapas bar upstairs). I hear the Duxton also does an excellent $10 lunch special.
The Duxton shares the dining scene at O’Connor with cafe 39 Steps, and Vietnamese restaurant Tu Do, which in June took out the crown for the Canberra’s best pho, according to RiotACT editor Amy Birchall.
If sitting around eating delicious food all day isn’t your scene, there is also a new-ish dog park in O’Connor, up in the parkland off Fairfax Street. I’ve never been up there as I don’t own a dog, but whenever I drive past there always seems to be lots of happy dogs having a blast.
Judging by one previous RiotACT post about five years ago, it seems that O’Connor had its own mysterious person going around damaging other people’s property a la the Narrabundah tyre slasher, however, this person was smashing letterboxes down. The O’Connor letterbox smasher just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Does anyone know if letterboxes are still being destroyed?
Back in 2001 the median property price was $250,000. In the present day, it’s over $826,000! However, it’s not so unaffordable if you choose to live in an apartment with the median unit price around $335,000. O’Connor is one of those pretty, leafy-green, a bit fancy-pants suburbs but it’s got a good entertainment and dining scene and I think it’s only going to continue to draw crowds from here on in.
Streets are named after: Australian flora, legislators, pioneers and explorers
Federal Electorate: Fraser
Federal MP: Andrew Leigh
Territory Electorate: Molonglo
Population breakdown: 48.3 per cent male, 51.7 per cent female
Average children per family: 1.8
Crime: 57 incidents in 2014 (not including traffic infringements)