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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:

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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.

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Uncle Fester 2:40 pm 28 Apr 09

All, the Environa thing is not new. A failed subdivision from 80 years ago.


Tristan 8:47 pm 11 Aug 08

Those piles of dirt sound like their looking for trouble. Are the gates big? Some bogan bogan from causeway or bad side of Narrabundah might just break it open to get thier stash of whatever back.

Doctor Evil 8:40 pm 11 Aug 08

Better watch out young Tristan – they have put up gates now, and wait for it *piles of dirt* between a couple of trees along the (non-existant) fenceline.

No idea how you’ll get in there now 😉

Tristan 8:35 pm 11 Aug 08

This website is awsome for finding out stuff about Canberra. Doesn’t seem as boring as i once thought. I really want to check out this old zoo. I don’t really think the rangers would like to see a big group of teenagers roaming round there though. Stereotypes; Sigh…

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