“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?

Tags

What's Your Opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
134 Responses to “Exploring” in Canberra – any good tunnels / caves or other fun exploring areas?
Filter
Order
p1 p1 2:11 pm 19 Aug 09

I have tossed a bowling ball down secret squirrels Danman (after taking all appropriate care that no one was in there). It made the most awesome noise as it bounded faster and faster until hitting one of the churn blocks in the temple of doom and shattering.

Unfortunately, no one had been willing to take even the slightest risk with a good qual camera, so we have no footage.

Have been thinking for some time that a pretty good movie session could be held in that chamber though…

PBO PBO 2:53 pm 19 Aug 09

We only did golf balls, bowling balls sounds like heaps of fun.

Danman Danman 3:28 pm 19 Aug 09

Fatal if hit..Hence why I am yet to do it.

Another cool concept would be a 60L tub full of super balls.

The Idea I had for the projector/Camera on a bike was not mine, but I envisioned recording an outdoors scene, think driving a car down a country road…Then projecting that onto the walls of any tunnel… even a pedestrian tunnel whilst riding a bike down at same speed and recording…

Only in Summer though….That place is fatal on the end slope with watermarks that are mid thigh high. A 60km/h trip headlong into a churnblock is a bad career move IMO.

p1 p1 4:54 pm 19 Aug 09

A 60km/h trip headlong into a churnblock is a bad career move IMO.

…and on the off chance you make the gap, there is a lot of tunnel between there and the downstream exit.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 7:27 pm 19 Aug 09

Could not find the right search area, or the info. Any help please?

Bloody young people. In my day we stumbled around the the dark til we fell in a hole; you’ve got websites and GPS coordinates and you still can’t figure it out.

– Go here: http://www.geocaching.com
– See the Advanced Search link? Smack bang in the middle of the page? It’s in the big box that says ‘Search for geocaches’. Click it.
– Change the ‘By Postal Code’ dropdown to ‘By username (hidden)’
– Type ‘Panic!’ without the quotes in the search box
– Click Seek
– Lookit! Four pages of links to geocaches. You can tell which are the ones you’re looking for from their titles. For example, ‘Tunnel of Terror’ is almost certainly some kind of terrifying tunnel.

ErkzO ErkzO 7:41 pm 19 Aug 09

Dam, so no luck in condor area. What about near macarthur, fadden or chisolm?

Addison Addison 8:24 pm 19 Aug 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Bloody young people. In my day we stumbled around the the dark til we fell in a hole; you’ve got websites and GPS coordinates and you still can’t figure it out.

please don’t tell us about how you lost your virginity, you’ll spoil the dreams I have of you.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:04 pm 19 Aug 09

You weren’t actually referring to your sex life were you Woody?

p1 p1 10:05 pm 19 Aug 09

Up stream of Faddon Pines is a tunnel I have explored. IIRC it is a peffect example of Canberra’s RCP (round cement pipe).

If you do some running ’round under canberra, you’ll come across some familier names on the wall. Panic! Being one of them.

PBO PBO 9:22 am 20 Aug 09

Has anyone done the old Yarralumla storm drains? I mean the old, old ones that have ventilation stacks.

peterh peterh 9:51 am 20 Aug 09

after the fires went through the cotter, there were a number of stormwater drain covers that came into view near the old quarry. always wondered whether they were caps to the cave system, or part of a stormwater network. there are caves in the cotter area, apparently not all have been closed off, there are still a few out there that are accessible, but I am not aware of their locations. If anyone knows of easy access caves, can you let us know?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 10:18 am 20 Aug 09

I went through some of the old cotter caves as a teen before they were closed off. Quite interesting, althogh I didn’t go in far.

peterh peterh 10:31 am 20 Aug 09

Vy, shame you didn’t go far into the caves, very interesting graffitti in them, looks like people have been writing on the walls for many, many years.

p1 p1 10:44 am 20 Aug 09

The Paddy’s River Caves (known as Cotter Caves) are here

There were blocked off at some stage decades ago, and appear to have been broken into some days latter.. Not very big, but interesting for those into this kind of thing. At the end of the post I have included the descriptions from the Australian Karst Index.

Other information about them, and other karst in the Canberra region, (plus some local history) can be found in this paper.

I also came across a mention of the caves by our exalted leader back in ’06. I would be interested to know if the steps/lookout have been built. If so, it would be pretty easy to find the caves.

Cave Description
2PR-1 Cotter Cave at Paddy’s River
Entrance is pothole type; (Unknown entrances); development is large passage with vertical bedding; karst type is unknown; length is 90.0 m , surveyed; vertical extent is 20.00 m; systematically explored, no obvious leads.
2PR-2 Powder Store Cave at Paddy’s River
Entrance is cave type; (Unknown entrances); development is short simple narrow passage with terminal chamber; karst type is unknown; length is 14.0 m , surveyed; vertical extent is 2.00 m.
2PR-3 Blasted Cave at Paddy’s River
Entrance is cave type; (Unknown entrances); development is short complex network with crawl passage; karst type is unknown; length is 20.0 m , surveyed; vertical extent is 8.00 m.

p1 p1 11:00 am 20 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.

There is this tunnel at the Cotter.

It runs from just below the dam, under the ridge to the pumphouse near the bridge. It is almost completely filled with a water pipe however…

Danman Danman 12:29 pm 20 Aug 09

PBO – they are actually sewers… pretty sure they are active…definetly those stacks are heritage listed. I think they connect to the tuggeranong interceptor that goes up to LM Water Treatment Centre

PBO PBO 2:58 pm 20 Aug 09

p1 said :

The Paddy’s River Caves (known as Cotter Caves) are here

There were blocked off at some stage decades ago, and appear to have been broken into some days latter.. Not very big, but interesting for those into this kind of thing. At the end of the post I have included the descriptions from the Australian Karst Index.

Other information about them, and other karst in the Canberra region, (plus some local history) can be found in this paper.

I also came across a mention of the caves by our exalted leader back in ’06. I would be interested to know if the steps/lookout have been built. If so, it would be pretty easy to find the caves.

Cave

Description
2PR-1 Cotter Cave at Paddy’s River
Entrance is pothole type; (Unknown entrances); development is large passage with vertical bedding; karst type is unknown; length is 90.0 m , surveyed; vertical extent is 20.00 m; systematically explored, no obvious leads.
2PR-2 Powder Store Cave at Paddy’s River
Entrance is cave type; (Unknown entrances); development is short simple narrow passage with terminal chamber; karst type is unknown; length is 14.0 m , surveyed; vertical extent is 2.00 m.
2PR-3 Blasted Cave at Paddy’s River
Entrance is cave type; (Unknown entrances); development is short complex network with crawl passage; karst type is unknown; length is 20.0 m , surveyed; vertical extent is 8.00 m.

p1 said :

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.

There is this tunnel at the Cotter.

It runs from just below the dam, under the ridge to the pumphouse near the bridge. It is almost completely filled with a water pipe however…

You rock my sad little world! Cheers, I think that a nice walk in the Cotter is a great way to spend a saturday.

Ags Ags 3:23 pm 20 Aug 09

I used to work for ACTEWAGL and did a inspection walk down a 1.5m sewer main running to the weston pump station near RSPCA>
We entered the tunnel at 5am and my workmates said ‘watch out for the 7:30 wave”.
I thought they were only joking, but at 7:25 you could hear this roaring sound of the wave coming. We all got out of the tunnel. The water level went from ankle deep to waist deep in a matter of seconds. Most households get up and shower, have breakfast ect between 7-7:30 hence the large amout of water flushed at once creating a wave Stormwater drains are not safe even when it is not raining. Burst water mains, emptying swimmimg pools ect can cause to water levels in stormwater drains to raise.

p1 p1 3:41 pm 20 Aug 09

The paper I mentioned above, which has a nonfunctional link, is this on;

KARST AND CAVES IN THE CANBERRA AREA – PAST AND FUTURE MANAGEMENT

ErkzO ErkzO 6:08 pm 20 Aug 09

p1 said :

Up stream of Faddon Pines is a tunnel I have explored. IIRC it is a peffect example of Canberra’s RCP (round cement pipe).

If you do some running ’round under canberra, you’ll come across some familier names on the wall. Panic! Being one of them.

Thanks for that info, ill chdck em out hopefully. There is a good drain to go in, just north of the end of the tuggeranong open drain (gpt?). The drain has 3 entrances, and call these drains. It is one you have as a ? in google maps p1. also remove the ?’s that are on the edge of mount Taylor on torren and pierce. they are only small drains that are 1 1/2 ft in size.

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

 Top
Region Group Pty Ltd

Search across the site