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Ghost Zoo! The wreckage on Mugga Lane

By johnboy - 17 July 2008 44

Redneck Ninja sent in some curious photos of the old Mugga Lane Zoo with the following message:

    These photos were taken around November last year at the site of the
    Old Mugga Lane Zoo in Symonston. We were there to take photos for a
    school assignment and what we found is probably one of the creepiest
    places in Canberra. There were piles of sheep bones, syringes, porno
    magazines and even a used sex toy. The abandoned cages were bloody
    strange as well. There were also suspicious looking carparts tucked
    away as well (whole bumper bars from Commodores and Hyundais)
    We got chased away by this junkie soon after the last photo was taken.
    Not sure what’s happening to the site, or who owns it, but a google
    search shows a company was thinking of building an aged care nursing
    home on the site a few years back.

    I remember coming here back in the day, and yes it was in a pretty
    sorry state back in the day, but it was still a pretty good way to
    spend a Sunday afternoon. There were those annoying peacocks and
    everything. It’s sad seeing the place now, given how much fun it used
    to be. Dangerous, too.

This morning I went out there with a friend. I’ve kept two of RNN’s photos in the slideshow, the rest we took this morning. We used Google Maps to find it first, it’s actually a bit further south than the markings on this map:

Then we got to play Time Team guessing at phases of occupation.

It’s a bit of a worry the extent to which it’s becoming an illegal dumping ground. Other items (an old bus stop sign) must have been brought there by someone for some reason at some time.

If there’s anyone living there they made themselves scarce in the presence of two large men with cameras. It could just be that it’s too cold out there right now for dossing in. Last November it might have been much more hospitable.

In many ways there was surprisingly few bottles of booze and drug paraphenalia, one suspects someone has cleaned the site up after a fashion.

But I agree with RNN, it’s a very spooky place, not helped by the currawongs scrabbling around.

What’s Your opinion?


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44 Responses to
Ghost Zoo! The wreckage on Mugga Lane
peterh 5:45 pm 17 Jul 08

PBO said :

Aaagh those bastards at Geoscience Australia have lied to me! Oh well. Thanks for that PeterH.

You probably already know about the spots on Black mountain near the old quarry.

I have created a new thread for this kind of thing, we could delve deeper into who knows what to find around canberra.

might turn up some interesting stuff…

peterh 5:07 pm 17 Jul 08

PBO said :

niftydog said :

Holy-holes-in-the-ground-I-never-knew-existed, Batman! We need a thread that points out all the whacky things you can see in Canberra on Google Earth. Like what the heck is “Environa” just over the border from Hume?! What the fudge?

“Environa”

Lets just hope they dont have some bogan way of pronouncing it over the border.

what so it sounds like jerrabomberra?

Skidbladnir 5:05 pm 17 Jul 08

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PBO 5:03 pm 17 Jul 08

niftydog said :

Holy-holes-in-the-ground-I-never-knew-existed, Batman! We need a thread that points out all the whacky things you can see in Canberra on Google Earth. Like what the heck is “Environa” just over the border from Hume?! What the fudge?

“Environa”

Lets just hope they dont have some bogan way of pronouncing it over the border.

PBO 5:00 pm 17 Jul 08

Captains flat! Now that has holes and stuff and shit all over the place.

peterh 4:58 pm 17 Jul 08

niftydog said :

Holy-holes-in-the-ground-I-never-knew-existed, Batman! We need a thread that points out all the whacky things you can see in Canberra on Google Earth. Like what the heck is “Environa” just over the border from Hume?! What the fudge?

Fascinating stuff – all this talk of ghosts and shenanigans is making me itch for some urban exploration. Anyone know if there’s any organised groups doing stuff like that?

um, it is a new suburb in new south wales….

peterh 4:55 pm 17 Jul 08

PBO said :

Aaagh those bastards at Geoscience Australia have lied to me! Oh well. Thanks for that PeterH.

You probably already know about the spots on Black mountain near the old quarry.

I did, but Black mountain and Mt ainslie are a bit of an oddity here, they both have granite and basalt in them, maybe the geology buffs can explain why?

Probably the best deposit of Jasper in the country now has DFAT on it. (sigh)

I have been getting non precious opal from the murrumbidgee corridor, (yellowish milky color) and rubies (very small ones) out of bredbo just under the bridge. (in NSW, you can buy a fossicking license, ask at the police station in Queanbeyan, they used to assist) Abercrombie caves for gold and sapphires, in the stream, not advisable in winter – really, really cold. Wee jasper for quartz crystals & sapphires.

I have mentioned this before, look up ACT Lapidary Club in the white pages, they run the gem shows and are always interested in mew members.

great outings for the kids, big and small. Some of their field trips are up north this time of year, if the members haven’t already packed up and gone north for winter (mostly retirees, damn them)

niftydog 4:54 pm 17 Jul 08

Holy-holes-in-the-ground-I-never-knew-existed, Batman! We need a thread that points out all the whacky things you can see in Canberra on Google Earth. Like what the heck is “Environa” just over the border from Hume?! What the fudge?

Fascinating stuff – all this talk of ghosts and shenanigans is making me itch for some urban exploration. Anyone know if there’s any organised groups doing stuff like that?

PBO 4:42 pm 17 Jul 08

Aaagh those bastards at Geoscience Australia have lied to me! Oh well. Thanks for that PeterH.

You probably already know about the spots on Black mountain near the old quarry.

peterh 4:39 pm 17 Jul 08

you know, looking at the photos, the only change that i noticed is the lack of animals. place was pretty bad when it was open. Makes me wonder why mike durrant set up the fossil display there, before moving to the dinosaur museum.

peterh 4:37 pm 17 Jul 08

PBO said :

Regrettably Peterh, it is illegal to fossick in the ACT, sux dosent it?

There are some good sites near the Airport though in the creek bed of Morsehead dve. Cephalopods as big as your hands.

not strictly accurate. you cannot stake a mining claim in the act, but you can fossick. you can also purchase a fossicking license, don’t know where, as i never have.

another great site for trilobites is in the dam behind the old pistol club on majura road, next door to the rifle club. Yass river has some good trilobites and ammonites, but you have to abseil down the cliff face to get to them. (near the highway)

PBO 4:26 pm 17 Jul 08

Regrettably Peterh, it is illegal to fossick in the ACT, sux dosent it?

There are some good sites near the Airport though in the creek bed of Morsehead dve. Cephalopods as big as your hands.

peterh 4:19 pm 17 Jul 08

S4anta said :

is folks are interested, there are some awesome fossil sites round here as well!

ferns and the like.

where would that be?

tylersmayhem 3:57 pm 17 Jul 08

To answer the question in the sideshow about skis, it looks like a lot of stolen stuff has been dumped out there! Along with neat piles of wire which have been without dobt left until the smaks or winos who found the stuff figure out a brilliant plan on how to get it out to Fyshwick to cash it in.

I think more to the point, when the zoo was shit down, why the f**k was it left assembled and a target for this kind of mess to heppen. More importantly, why is it still left to fester?! It needs to be reported and the parks & wildlife mob go out and clean the place up!

S4anta 3:33 pm 17 Jul 08

is folks are interested, there are some awesome fossil sites round here as well!

ferns and the like.

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