Pastoral Pialligo – blurring the lines between rural and residential

Posted 7 Jul 2018

Story by CBR Canberra

It might only be a 10 minute drive from the city and in walking distance to our international airport, but Pialligo’s rural setting will make you feel miles away.

Whilst it only has a small population of 120 people, Pialligo is big on offerings…

The Fruit Bowl
When European settlers arrived in the early 1800s, Pialligo was the ideal spot for farming land as it was right on the fertile grounds of the Molonglo River – hence it’s nickname ‘The Fruit Bowl’. Pialligo continued to be farmed intensively throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century. One hundred years on, it’s still a fertile spot for orchards and vineyards, along with a host of nurseries, restaurants and shops.

Where better to test out the paddock to plate philosophy than in a place that grows the food it serves? The Pialligo Estate farm consists of an award-winning market, herb gardens, vineyard, olive groves and smokehouse, serving up its produce in the Garden Pavilions for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the occasional high tea. You’ll also see Pialligo Estate’s smokehouse bacon feature on many of the menus throughout Canberra and the region. Pod Food is another favourite with a cult following for it’s innovative fine dining menu. And if you want something more low key, there are a host of cafes attached to some of the nurseries along with the Spit Shack, located on a vacant block of land, that serves slowed cooked pork rolls.

Hotels for people and pets
Serving the international airport, the award-winning Vibe Hotel Canberra is located just on the lush border of Pialligo. As well as being a place for cosmopolitan travellers, it’s also a hot spot for locals wanting to experience its bar, restaurant and open fireplace. Around the corner in a more rural setting is Tara Estate – a popular holiday playground for pets awaiting the return of their owners.

Bring your trailer
Shop till you drop takes on a whole new meaning in Pialligo where you can purchase just about anything for your home and garden. From exotic fruit trees to garden sculptures, handmade homewares and even motorbikes, you’re definitely going to need more than just a few shopping bags to haul home your bounty.

Bespoke businesses
As well as nurseries, restaurants and gift shops, Pialligo is also home to a range of businesses including Bison Home. Designed in their Pialligo studio, the Bison range of stylish ceramic and glass producs have become Australian classics that are a staple item in many homes around the world. There’s also a horse agistment centre that offers horse riding lessons, an apple orchard and even a taxation consultant. Best of all, most business owners have the added benefit of living in the picturesque surrounds of Pialligo, blurring the lines between work and play.

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