“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?

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Danman Danman 1:17 pm 19 Aug 09

Theres a drain that runs from Tuggeranong to Mt Taylor with a section entering a room (Think 4 meters wide, 20 meters long, 8 meters high..with churn blocks) Upstream of this room is a very steep section of pipe approx 1500m long.

The plan has always been to get a few low lux HD camera dynabolted to the wall of the room, Two parties then split up , a party on a CB downstream from this and a party on a CB up stream, to make sure that there was no one within these sections.

There are sections with line of site to both points, so communications would not be a problem.

It was then our intention to bowl pre purchased bowling balls down said tunnel and record the results at the end.

Another plan was to mount both a projector and camera on a bike/rig and then project onto a wall in a 180 degree arc in front of the bike and record teh results whilst riding bike. This could be done in any drain really… just a matter of money and throwing it away on teflon coated channels.

Another idea, that happens regularly in Syd and melb is impromptu guerilla electronica music gigs underground, utilising the natural reverb.

farq farq 12:54 pm 19 Aug 09

wish someone would just take photos of all these places for us all to enjoy.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:30 pm 19 Aug 09

Too small, even.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:20 pm 19 Aug 09

Any one got info on mawson drains, and are there any drains down near condor(Southern area)

A Condor is a kind of endangered vulture native to the Americas.
Conder is the Tuggeranong suburb (named after Charles Conder, who was an occasionally mad and severely alcoholic artist, whose major within-life success was marrying a rich Canadian widow and eventually dying at age 40 of end-stage syphilis.)

Ontopic:
Most of the drains around Tuggeranong suffer from being of a standard height, too large for anything remotely adult-sized.

Thumper Thumper 12:07 pm 19 Aug 09

There’s some good ones near hawker st in torrens up in the paddocks there. Find a drainage channel and follow it.

There’s one that has half a dozen desicated roos in there. they must have fallen in..

PBO PBO 11:33 am 19 Aug 09

p1 said :

The Mawson drains are pretty easy to figure out. I have looked extensively at the southern area (used to live in Conder) and there isn’t many drains over 1.3m, so unless you are short…

This might be lost on a few people but: Would you call a person exploring those particular drains a “Mawlock” (morlock)?

p1 p1 9:52 pm 18 Aug 09

The Mawson drains are pretty easy to figure out. I have looked extensively at the southern area (used to live in Conder) and there isn’t many drains over 1.3m, so unless you are short…

ErkzO ErkzO 6:12 pm 18 Aug 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Go to geocaching.com. Use Advanced Search to look for archived caches by a Canberra guy called ‘Panic!’ eg Tunnels of Terror 2, Secret Subway, Temple of Doom. Go from there. The caches are gone, but the locations (tunnels and drains) are obviously still there. Stay safe.

Could not find the right search area, or the info. Any help please?
Any one got info on mawson drains, and are there any drains down near condor(Southern area)

PBO PBO 11:13 am 18 Aug 09

PBO said :

Danman said :

I know of a storm tunnel that is affectionately called Guy Fawlkes (Google Guy Fawlkes) that runs right under a prominent federal building on a hill. Complete with electrical conduit and batten fluoro’s. Only been there via my armchair exploration though – to do any more post 911 would be laughing in the face of authorities paranoia – and taa taa to any gainful gubment employment for a great deal of time for the perp

Can we get a link?

Beserk Keyboard Warrior said :

I heard a JJJ story some years back about clandestine (possibly ASIO?) offices which were in operation in the 70’s. Though they are apparently no longer used, their location remains a secret although they did say that they were “beneath a well-known Belconnen carpark”.

Can anyone elaborate on this or can I just put it down to another bad acid trip?

News to me, could be under Cameron offices. That seems to be the most likely spot if there were something under there.

Since the offices have now been demolished to some point, has anyone had a look around the area to see if such a structure may have existed or still does? Might have a look after work.

PBO PBO 10:24 am 18 Aug 09

Has anyone ever found or seen the entrances to a mine or tunnel on the banks of the Molonglo river? I have heard about them but i know bugger all about where they are and what they were used for.

Apparently there were major works done in the area where a large tunnel was built at the beginning of the fifties and that is all i could find out.

Can anyone else elaborate on this a bit more as i think that it would be a great place to explore.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:56 am 18 Aug 09

There’s some nice short squeezes out on Orroral ridge in amongst the huge boulders there.

Would it be too obvious to mention the Wee Jasper cave system?

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 7:19 pm 17 Aug 09

Go to geocaching.com. Use Advanced Search to look for archived caches by a Canberra guy called ‘Panic!’ eg Tunnels of Terror 2, Secret Subway, Temple of Doom. Go from there. The caches are gone, but the locations (tunnels and drains) are obviously still there. Stay safe.

ErkzO ErkzO 5:59 pm 17 Aug 09

kaynox
just by searching google for 30min+, you can find pictures, sites, locations and even drain specs. As long as you know a bit about urban-ex, the internet OR walking will answer you needs.
As for me, i dont know much of by heart. never been in any drains in canberra (Going soon) so i cant help much. Athlon drive and Mawson drains would be good to check out.

kaynox kaynox 1:46 am 21 Jul 09

hey all i was wondering if any of you could give me as much info of tunnels (especially) around the canberra region. me and a few friends are bored out of our minds and love doing stuff like this. prob is being a girl most guys wont tell us about these places as they think that … well i dont know what they think but they just wont tell us! so would you mind enlighting me?

Panhead Panhead 1:54 am 06 Oct 08

I work at Belco mall and there is this one tunnel near the rubbish compacter. It looks like it contains electrical wire and what not but when the light is on it goes on fore ever. The tunnels that run behind stores are boring as shit.

p1 p1 10:48 am 10 Sep 08

Above and below another northside drain.

The old Sewage tanks west of Belco.

Whats left of Orroral Valley Deep Space Tracking Station

One of the Fairbairn Bomb Dumps.

Old Black Mt quarry.

The temple of Doom (This guy has some good Canberra (and other places) urbex photos.

All these photos I found with a little googling.

p1 p1 8:57 pm 09 Sep 08

some pics from around the ‘net of stuff under Canberra,

The drain under Benjamin Way to Lake G

The Zoo, or the Penguin drain under page

more to come…

peterh peterh 5:12 pm 09 Sep 08

H1NG0 said :

I touched on some of this in this article posted a while back: http://the-riotact.com/?p=6622

I find this stuff very fascinating. Can anyone explain why there are tunnels under belco mall? Are they drains or some kind of service tunnel?

no idea.

not worth looking for, belco mall has the largest proliferation of security bud cameras i have ever seen, anywhere.

and I was able to gain access to all sorts of areas when i worked there prior to westfield taking it over.

H1NG0 H1NG0 5:01 pm 09 Sep 08

I touched on some of this in this article posted a while back: http://the-riotact.com/?p=6622

I find this stuff very fascinating. Can anyone explain why there are tunnels under belco mall? Are they drains or some kind of service tunnel?

Zapruda Zapruda 4:59 pm 09 Sep 08

This is an interesting thread guys, some exploration might have to be undertaken in the next month or so….

Could any of you post pictures of these places in this thread??

Cheers

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