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“Exploring” in Canberra – any good tunnels / caves or other fun exploring areas?

By Peter Holland - 4 September 2008 134

We have touched on Urbexing, Spelunking and other forms of Exploring in prior posts, what are some areas that are considered fun to check out and won’t result in us being shot / arrested / drowned?

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“Exploring” in Canberra – any good tunnels / caves or other fun exploring areas?
niftydog 10:09 am 05 Sep 08

UC seems to have some interestingly large man-hole covers in places and some that have padlocks and anti-tamper bars retro-fitted…

PBO 10:08 am 05 Sep 08

Drains, It would not make sense to attach Tunnels to Drains as they would flood.

Zapruda 10:05 am 05 Sep 08

PBO are they drains or tunnels under Benjamin offices?

PBO 9:59 am 05 Sep 08

Danman said :

PBO – not too wise to give away locations as such like that – what happens if it rains this weekend and some kids happen across you rinformation and on teh strength of that get into trouble underground ?

Open source information. Most kids know how to use google.

As for Benjamin offices, I did get under them but it was quite surreal in the design of the tunnels. From what i remember (too many doobies and po-has), there was a lot of sharp turns in the tunnels (maybe i was at an intersection) and my mate went up this one tunnel that just kept shrinking until he could not go any further. There was a lot of room down there and we did not even see the whole thing. It would warrant another look.

Belco has lots of hidden wonders.

Danman 9:51 am 05 Sep 08

PBO – not too wise to give away locations as such like that – what happens if it rains this weekend and some kids happen across you rinformation and on teh strength of that get into trouble underground ?

Zapruda 9:46 am 05 Sep 08

I have heard about large empty spaces (no, not a car park) under Benjamin offices, PBO have you been underneath them??

Belconnen seems to be an interesting place to explore

PBO 9:38 am 05 Sep 08

http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=gross+tomb&jsv=126d&sll=-35.247722,149.067553&sspn=0.003154,0.004613&ie=UTF8&latlng=-35248158,149067352,5640028957735014468&ei=KW7ASPOLGqiKiAP3wJHBBQ&cd=1

I hope that this link works, This should be the Jamison Drain. We went in a few years ago and saw the blocked off bit and wondered what was on the other side. Has anyone been under the old Benjamin offices?

la mente torbida 9:37 am 05 Sep 08

Used to explore all the stormwater channels under woden as a youth. Riding bikes, travelling and coming out in different suburbs. Looking back on the risks, it’s amazing we all survived.

Danman 9:24 am 05 Sep 08

There seemes to be a blocked off section in a drain in Jamison – rumour has it it was a dump pipe for Jammo pools and that kids would access the centre in the off season via this pipe.
I guess environmental and legal concerns prevailed.

Zapruda 8:58 am 05 Sep 08

Thanks Peterh for making a thread about this…..

I get the feeling that know one wants to give up there
secrets, Some kind of underground conspiracy I assume (Get it).

C’mon guys and girls, there has to be someone that knows
of some old cold war era tunnels or bunkers that can be entered
(Safely of course)

Has anyone ever been in one of these drains and found something
that seemed a little out of the ordinary (not paintings or graffiti)like
a sealed door, you know things of that nature…..

niftydog 8:52 am 05 Sep 08

You’re not helping, Danman. I want in!

…and I’m not too old for doobies and po-hahs yet!

Danman 8:29 am 05 Sep 08

We used to smoke doobies in that drain pipe – apart from supplied entertainment (Doobs and po-has to scare the kids at a park close to the grille room) it was pretty boring.

I no longer need doobies or po-has so I decided to explore something cool – with rooms dedicated to the memories of Kurt Cobain and grunge in general – walls plastered with tributes and poetry – plus another room that is covered with drug/yoda style rantings – and another room that has the yellow brick road painted on it – get underground in belconnen πŸ™‚

Of course it would be irresponsible of me to tell you where to find it – because when you did, inevitibly you would go there after drinking whilst raining, get washed down and killed and it would all fall back on me and RA.

Oh there is also another place with a room that is bluewashed and some locals have stencilled a full aquarium on the walls – including seaweed.

stonedwookie 12:05 am 05 Sep 08

giralang drains near the afl oval very dark n spookey
enter the carpark behind the afl toilet building at the end of the carpark there should be a bike path head right for about 50 or so meters up the path.keap a look out 2 your sides there should be a small downwards slope the drain entrance will be there.

Pandy 11:48 pm 04 Sep 08

I remember walking through both Orroral tracking and Honeysuckle Creek tracking stations before they got torn down. Memories!

Deano 11:46 pm 04 Sep 08

Canberra has quite an active Geocaching community that involves visiting many out of the way places in search of hidden treasures.

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