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Canberra Unlocked: Fyshwick, Pialligo and Majura

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Once a patchwork of industrial hubs on the fringe of suburbia, the enclaves of Fyshwick, Majura and Pialligo are now some of Canberra’s coolest hidden gems.

They’re the focus of this week’s instalment of Canberra Unlocked—our series that explores the city’s seven regions, uncovering local favourites and giving you the ultimate playbook for your adventures this summer and beyond.

Fyshwick, Majura and Pialligo are where Canberra’s industrial and agricultural history informs some of the city’s most vibrant modern offerings—from elevated paddock-to-plate cuisine to an epic craft brewery where you can eat a burger with a view of the beer tanks.

These are destinations to escape the ordinary—and discover an unexpected side of the city.

EAT

Fyshwick is still the industrial heart of Canberra—a mishmash of trade outlets and big box stores. But tucked within are local foodie spots that make a little extra exploring worthwhile.

Spots like artisan bakery Wildflour, which boasts plenty of indoor and outdoor seating (and a kids’ playground!) upon which to enjoy a quiet afternoon with an in-house baked pastry and coffee in hand.

 

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A stone’s throw away you’ll find toasted sandwich nirvana Melted, which offers all the classics and then some of its own ingenious creations. Think: Mi goreng, chilli jam and fried eggs and lasagna. We hear both are amazing.

Fyshwick is also where you’ll find phenomenal Peruvian street food at Mr Papa’s first bricks and mortar shopfront—an exciting development after years of being one of Canberra’s most beloved food vans.

Craving Vietnamese instead? Run, don’t walk to Miss Ba Cô at Majura Park. The lines for their Pho and Bahn Mi may be long, but it’s for good reason.

Further south, hugging the banks of the Molonglo River you’ll find one of Canberra’s most exciting (and largest) foodie destinations—Pialligo Estate.

True to its name, this multi-purpose events and dining venue encompasses a variety of eateries, bars and event spaces across a large estate, all in line with its promise of a paddock-to-plate culture.

 

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DRINK

Fyshwick is where you can discover the first digs of Canberra coffee powerhouse, ONA Coffee at ONA Coffee House. Hidden away in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it location above their roastery on Wollongong Street, inside expect a buzzy atmosphere, a thoughtful and delicious breakfast and lunch menu and takeaway coffee so speedily made you’ll question the quality—until you taste it.

Coffee is, of course, fundamental. But Canberra is also home to some spectacular locally-made beer, but connoisseurs simply cannot miss a trip to Capital Brewing Co’s brewery in Fyshwick’s Dairy Road.

Within an airy warehouse you’ll find a bar staffed with friendly enthusiasts ready for a chinwag and a recommendation, a Brodburger van for the perfect Brodburger or Broddog to complement your pint, and sunny outdoor seating. Could there be anything better on a weekend?

 

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With coffee and beer covered, many believe that Canberra region wine completes the trifecta of locally-made beverages—and we tend to agree. A (very) short road trip up the Majura Parkway will have you at Mount Majura Vineyard’s picturesque cellar door.

Located on the gently rolling slopes of Mount Majura, enjoy spectacular views of unblemished countryside as you sip a local drop (or two) without even leaving the Territory.

CHILL

An institution for gourmet foodies and families alike, the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets are a mecca for all things delicious—from hard-to-find ingredients at their many specialty stores to boutique booze at Plonk, florals from V+I+NE and, of course, the freshest of market fruit and veg. Excellent coffee and street food stalls cap off this must-do weekend experience.

Fyshwick and Pialligo are also the places to find unique shopping experiences, where boutiques have found the space and heritage they desire—and shoppers don’t mind the extra trip one bit. You’ll also start to sense a theme—here, vintage, pre-loved, antiques and homewares are king.

Speaking of, Dirty Janes, the toast of Bowral’s vintage and antiques scene, has found a home in an epic warehouse on the outer edge of Fyshwick, promising hours of browsing. And if your tastes run to older books, Canty’s second-hand book emporium is just around the corner. Want even more choice? Head to Book Lovers Lane in nearby Niche Markets (part of the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets).

Another place you’ll want to carve out a few hours for is the Designer Op Shop Emporium (DOSE). A collection of boutiques specialising in unique wares (retro furniture, antique china and the latest perfume and candles from European brands to name a few) this endlessly Instagrammable space warrants special attention.

If homewares are your Achilles heel, you’ll want to stop into another emporium of sorts—The Plot.

Located on leafy Beltana Road in Pialligo, you’ll find a collection of mini-stores featuring ceramics from Bisonhome, Wren & Rabbit Interiors and Pink Flamingo Interiors.

LEARN

Newly established Grainger Gallery marks Fyshwick’s new Dairy Road precinct as a true arts and culture destination.

Featuring works by local, national and international artists and makers, wander around before exploring the enormous LESS Pavilion sculpture outside.

 

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MOVE

At the end of Dairy Road, park the car and take a meander through Jerrabomberra Wetlands—an oasis of calm that separates the busy precinct from the Molonglo River and the Kingston Foreshore beyond. Home to a variety of protected native species, the Wetlands are popular with bird watches, kayakers and walkers alike.

Fancy some downtime with a little challenge? How about a frosty ski slope? It’s probably not what you expected to find in Fyshwick, but VertiKal Indoor Snow Sports’ customised ski slopes (created by tilting large white nylon fibre-clad treadmills) are the next best thing to Thredbo during the off-season and are perfect for beginners and experts alike.

Around the corner you’ll find more innovation at BlocHaus—a colourful all-ages bouldering gym where rock climbing and bouldering can be perfected in a protected all-weather space with the advantage of safety mats.

 

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PLAY

Sorry—did you say, ‘Smash a computer with a baseball bat…?’. That’s exactly what ‘break room’ Breakr offers—the chance to decimate office furniture, dinnerware or whatever you like really with a weapon of choice. Wearing full safety gear, of course.

Next door, another form of novel fun presents itself in Axxe’s axe throwing alleys. Think: bowling, but with axes instead of bowling balls and a wooden target instead of pins.

Axxe’s experienced staff with assist you with technique and safety procedures and keep a watchful eye on you as you ‘throw’ with your friends. Who can hit the bullseye first?

 

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A little further up the street, Potterheads will be bamboozled by Canberra’s own homage to Hogwarts at Quizzic Alley.

A truly jaw-dropping collection of licensed Harry Potter memorabilia, wizards and witches of all ages are invited to experience a little touch of magic.

 

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This year, spend and support local as you explore Canberra unlocked.

See visitcanberra.com.au for more inspiration.

Feature image: Capital Brewing Co by Pew Pew Studio

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