Dickson is a suburb in the inner north of Canberra, Australia and primarily acts as a residential area with standard neighbourhood facilities, not far from the city centre. Its name comes from the Queensland resident and co-founder of the Australian Constitution, Sir James Dickson.
The main attraction of the area is the Dickson Centre, which acts as a commercial centre hosting many shops, including the most profitable Woolworths in the country, in addition to various restaurant and community services. In the centre of Dickson, Woolley Street is home to a diverse range of restaurants and grocery stores selling international cuisine. The nightlife of the neighbourhood is limited, yet visitors can enjoy the small town atmosphere in the local Irish pub, nightclub or modern cocktail bar.
Dickson is only a short bus ride from downtown Canberra, located 3.5 kilometres from the city centre, along main roads that visitors driving from the suburb can also take. The best way to travel via public transport is by taking the local buses that travel between Canberra Railway Station and Dickson regularly on a daily basis.
The first airport of Canberra was in Dickson, once located where the library now stands, although it closed in 1928. Architects planned the creation of Dickson along with the rest of the city in the 1920s, but it did not become an official suburb until the 1960s. Now it is a key neighbourhood of Canberra, with a range of facilities, surrounded by the natural scenery of the area, including Dickson wetlands.