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.