Corinna's Canberra: Pialligo

Corinna’s Canberra: Pialligo

This month Corinna’s Canberra explores the semi-rural suburb of Pialligo. Located approximately 5km east-south east from Canberra, it was established as a suburb in 1928. Pialligo is an Aboriginal word which is known to mean ‘a place for a pow-wow’ or ‘I’ll tell you by and by’ ( Suitably, most of the street names in Pialligo are Aboriginal words.

The settlement itself began in 1824, before Australia’s Federation, and has a rich Aboriginal and European heritage. Traditional Aboriginal owners believe Pialligo to be one of the most significant Aboriginal areas in the ACT because Aboriginal people extensively occupied the region and the Molonglo River corridor. You can read more about the details of this here .

As well as being a traditional meeting place for Aboriginal people, Pialligo has always been known as a significant food producing area and was known as the ‘food bowl’ for Canberra. The semi-rural, river landscape establishes Pialligo’s distinctive character and enables its food production. The area has developed under Broadacre and River Corridor land use zones, which allow for a diverse range of activities including agriculture, nurseries, craft, food, produce stalls, landscape supplies, animal husbandry and residential (source: Pialligo Master Plan).

Today, several landowners still grow produce and sell to the Canberra community. The suburb also has many cafes and restaurants for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Additionally, Beltana Road in Pialligo is well known as the home to many of Canberra’s garden centres and gift shops.

You will find the Canberra International Airport adjacent to Pialligo, and a forest of Redwood Trees on Pialligo Avenue which were planted in 1918 by Walter Burley Griffin and arborist Thomas Charles Weston. More detailed information about this can be found here.

Pialligo is a unique part of Canberra with a rich history, and just a stone’s throw away from our Brindabella Business Park location.