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

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?

anyone?

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niftydog niftydog 11:38 am 05 Sep 08

Sweet – did you have a claim to fame at college?

PBO PBO 11:06 am 05 Sep 08

niftydog said :

PBO said :

Niftydog, did you go to Hawker college?

Uh, yeah. You?

So much for a career as a stealthy urbexing guerrilla / legendary nameless graffiti artist!

Your secret is safe with me, The name was the giveaway, I remember you guys from back then.

niftydog niftydog 11:01 am 05 Sep 08

PBO said :

Niftydog, did you go to Hawker college?

Uh, yeah. You?

So much for a career as a stealthy urbexing guerrilla / legendary nameless graffiti artist!

Danman Danman 10:29 am 05 Sep 08

Open source information. Most kids know how to use google
Its one think to know but if you dont know what you dont know then how will you google it ?.

In saying so I have already let on too much info.

I suggest if you are going to pursue these activities that you read about safety and awareness beforehand – Ill finda link when I get home and post it up…

PBO PBO 10:13 am 05 Sep 08

Niftydog, did you go to Hawker college?

niftydog 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 PBO 10:08 am 05 Sep 08

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

Zapruda Zapruda 10:05 am 05 Sep 08

PBO are they drains or tunnels under Benjamin offices?

PBO 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 🙂

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 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 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 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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