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The under world of Canberra makes the Times

By p1 - 5 October 2008 34

Canberra Times has a story with a front page picture today on the underneath of Canberra. It is a pretty generic story about drain exploring in Australia, which they have made a half hearted attempt to connect to out fair city. It is a shame that they didn’t try a bit harder to include some photos of the Canberra drains they reference.

Also interesting on account of the number of urbex related threads on riotact in recent times. Although maybe I am just jealous that they didn’t ask to use any of my photos…

“Exploring” in Canberra – any good tunnels / caves or other fun exploring areas?

Exploring underground bunkers near Canberra

Top Secret military “bases” in Canberra

[ED – we wouldn’t mind getting more of your photos p1]

So who decided the barbed wire was necessary?

What’s Your opinion?


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p1 12:20 pm 25 Jun 12

buzz819 said :

I like that on your map there is an area called “evil location” which appears to be the same spot where a high needs care facility is located…. Interesting.

I believe the “evil location” and the nearby “less evil location” were from one of the threads about gas fired power stations, and does not relate to any current usage of the land.

buzz819 11:03 am 25 Jun 12

p1 said :

Link to the location of the four bomb storage bunkers.

1337Hax0r said :

Tell me Mr P1, have you been in the tunnel that runs from Old Parliament House under the lake to Russel? Got any pictures of it?

I have been unable to confirm its existence.

I like that on your map there is an area called “evil location” which appears to be the same spot where a high needs care facility is located…. Interesting.

p1 10:52 am 25 Jun 12

Link to the location of the four bomb storage bunkers.

1337Hax0r said :

Tell me Mr P1, have you been in the tunnel that runs from Old Parliament House under the lake to Russel? Got any pictures of it?

I have been unable to confirm its existence.

1337Hax0r 11:05 pm 24 Jun 12

poisonivy said :

Hang on . . . there’s a suburb called Beard?!

There is indeed a suburb called Beard. I would joke that it is right next to a suburb called Mustache, but it is right next door to Crestwood.

Tell me Mr P1, have you been in the tunnel that runs from Old Parliament House under the lake to Russel? Got any pictures of it?

poisonivy 9:39 pm 24 Jun 12

Hang on . . . there’s a suburb called Beard?!

p1 9:14 pm 24 Jun 12

puppyfat67 said :

Today we found a largish abandoned concrete bunker. It is just to the North of the quarry off the airport road. It is in excellent condition, to get there we parked in the new suburb of Beard, walked across the railway lines and over the concrete bridge (which has no handrails) over the Queanbeyan River, up along the side of the pines that surround the quarry and around to the north side of the quarry.
There is a farm dam just on the north border of the quarry, the bunker is just 100m up the hill from here

It is one of four (or five, can’t remember) scattered around that area. Here we’re bomb storage during World War Two. One is in use (I think by the AFP?), but the others are only in use by sheep and are quite interesting to wander through.

puppyfat67 6:22 pm 24 Jun 12

Today we found a largish abandoned concrete bunker. It is just to the North of the quarry off the airport road. It is in excellent condition, to get there we parked in the new suburb of Beard, walked across the railway lines and over the concrete bridge (which has no handrails) over the Queanbeyan River, up along the side of the pines that surround the quarry and around to the north side of the quarry.
There is a farm dam just on the north border of the quarry, the bunker is just 100m up the hill from here

Lilli 6:09 pm 14 Oct 09

This all sounds really interesting – I tried to do some more research via urbantwilight.net and caveclan.org but am having some weird issues – neither loads except for a blank page.

Has anyone else tried accessing those websites? Is it a ‘you have to be “in” with the group’ to access the websites or something?

H1NG0 1:20 pm 14 Oct 09

ant said :

Those threads about “unknown Canberra” etc here are excellent, and we can always come back to them, unlike a newspaper story which dies and is used to line the compost bucket.

The one about the caverns under NPH, and the one about secret facility under the JG Gort. wiht the ramp and disco foyer were fascinating.

I agree. I never get sick of reading about the underground explorations of Canberra. Would be good to have a proper document of all these locations on Google Earth/Maps.

PBO 11:09 am 14 Oct 09

But the first time that CT ran a story on it they used local sources, people and pics. And the Police never asked the journo involved who was involved because she can always deny her sources. And something like that would never get to the stage (Unless someone died) where the courts would order them to reveal their sources, just not worth the effort.

Cayla Dengate should have known that if you are going to do a follow up story to the Sydney drain drownings with the local version, then she should have sourced local information and not cut and paste from another states website.

Plagiarised Armchair Journalism.

shady.underwold.solace 6:55 pm 15 May 09

Cayla Dengate is a good caver, we used to go about every month. She didn’t interview us locally because this shit is illegal. If she interviewed us, the cops could ask her to name them. I put her in touch with the Syd website because we used to do some caving with them.
She lives in Ecuador now, so I don’t imagine she’ll read this.

p1 3:17 pm 07 Oct 08

I’d be up for it, but I will be out of town this weekend. Ice-blocking is another good activity of parliament house…

PBO 2:15 pm 07 Oct 08

Thumper said :

massive game of British Bulldog on Parliament hill,

I would so be in that 😉

Well, we could organise a massive random gathering of people just show up on the North west grass slope one saturday. It would be hilarious if we could have a thousand strong group of people playing this.

Oh that would make the papers and it would be fun.

Thumper 2:06 pm 07 Oct 08

massive game of British Bulldog on Parliament hill,

I would so be in that 😉

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