Farm Viganò sits on Crown Land which remains unceded by its traditional owners the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung. It is Working Heritage’s intent to confront the colonial history of the sites under our management and make genuine steps towards reconciliation.
Farm Viganò is a link to the emergence of Italian culture in Melbourne – of food, music, art and family, and is a crucial tie to the life of the influential Viganò’s who used the property as an escape from their busy Mario’s restaurant on Exhibition Street in Melbourne. The extensive site includes a large home, caretaker’s cottage, chicken coop, sheds, tennis court, grounds, gardens, an orchard, and a modern health facility that opened in 2011.
Working Heritage began managing Farm Viganò in 2005, undertaking extensive works to revitalise the badly neglected and vandalised buildings and, with support from the community, saving the property from possible demolition.
Visiting the site
- Farm Viganò has onsite parking available during restaurant and DPV Health opening hours. It is a 20-minute walk (or a 6-minute bike ride) from Middle Gorge Railway Station on the Mernda line.
- The Orchard and tennis court at the property are open for the community to use for free.
- Farm Viganò Restaurant operates in the Viganò house and adjoining terrace from Wednesday to Sunday.
- The property is located within the broader Plenty Gorge Parklands, so please take care of the wildlife, and watch out for snakes.
- Parts of the site are steep and can be challenging to walk around. Please take care.