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Exploring underground bunkers near Canberra

PBO 2 September 2008 47

In the past, RA has had a fair bit on Urbexing. (Going down tunnels and exploring not so normal areas for fun.) 

I myself love doing this and there is always the chance that you will find something that has been lost, hidden away or forgotten.  I have heard stories for years about people finding old bunkers that are chocas with old gear and i have wondered what happened afterwards.

We have just found an old bunker and for obvious reasons i am not telling where it is (private property), we almost have it open.  My question is:

What are the legalities involved in this?


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BimboGeek BimboGeek 2:28 pm 30 May 11

LOL it was probably some dude’s man-cave with military markings to show how manly it was.

PBO PBO 10:19 am 06 Oct 08

#####UPDATE##### Its a Basement!#####

We dug out most of the dirt surrounding the door and we found that it was a overly built basement of sorts for a building that was once there. We got to the door and when it was opened we found that there was not much left behind it. We did find the remains of what looked like a sluice in the ceiling made of iron bars, but their purpose is as long gone as the previous owner. The room would have measured about 3mtr X 4.5mtr and we still do not know why the door frame had a military marking (arrow), maybe it was recycled. A whole lotta work with questionable payoff however my mate now has small, structurally unsafe, dirty underground storage room.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:51 pm 04 Sep 08

Indeed peterh 😉

peterh peterh 3:48 pm 04 Sep 08

tylersmayhem said :

the only caves around here that were any good were the cotter caves, they have been closed by ACT rangers

You can still get in BTW 😉

I know, but it is a personal decision to do so. (as it is illegal)

The Floor has cracking in it now, and feels a bit thin. I usually rope off even in these kinds of caves just in case there is a second chamber under the first. Abseil line and climbing line are my friends.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:22 pm 04 Sep 08

the only caves around here that were any good were the cotter caves, they have been closed by ACT rangers

You can still get in BTW 😉

peterh peterh 2:55 pm 04 Sep 08

PBO, was speaking to an old adf mate of mine, they have mentioned that it would be a really good idea to get the authorities involved, as we both remembered the sad case of a guy who decided to take a shell home in the boot of his car. it was WWII armament, and went off. Lucky for him, he wasn’t in the car, but it left a pretty good crater. (not in CBR, NT location)

if the bunker has nothing potentially dangerous, it is ok. if it does, and you open it, we will all know where it was.

oh, the doors. are they metal or wood?

some of the armament doors were wood, but they were mainly powder stores. Metal ones don’t necessarily make it any safer.

peterh peterh 12:28 pm 04 Sep 08

Skidbladnir said :

FYI: I don’t actually know what a scat hat is, but I don’t suggest anyone try to google it, I imagine your result probably won’t be worksafe.

have a look at this…. http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/scat-hat-163106.php

it is a sh!t hat. literally.

peterh peterh 12:25 pm 04 Sep 08

Skidbladnir said :

peterh:

It isn’t so hard to set up something that will convert dubdubdubdotthedashriotactdotcom to http://www.the-riotact.com, or recognise that ilikethattscathatatscathatsanddotcommunistsdotcom might be ilikethatdottedcommunistscathat@scathatsanddotcommunists.com (although the same script would generate a lot of clutter with an email address like that)

The only way to avoid spam entirely is have no online presense or a forever improving filter.

yes but the number of times I have seen spam filters fail, or some of the more expensive solutions curb my enthusiasm to send emails after being hit with something like ” 541 Internet Security Systems’ Proventia(TM) intrusion prevention appliance blocked forwarding of message.” considering I am on the whitelist for this client, pretty annoying to find that the appliance was updated, but the whitelist was lost, and it was not a forwarded message.

the client and i have resorted to faxing. new technology era?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:08 pm 04 Sep 08

FYI: I don’t actually know what a scat hat is, but I don’t suggest anyone try to google it, I imagine your result probably won’t be worksafe.

Ozhair Ozhair 12:05 pm 04 Sep 08

Or in my case an email addy I can kill after I’ve used it 🙂 It’s not my primary address.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:39 am 04 Sep 08

peterh:

It isn’t so hard to set up something that will convert dubdubdubdotthedashriotactdotcom to http://www.the-riotact.com, or recognise that ilikethattscathatatscathatsanddotcommunistsdotcom might be ilikethatdottedcommunistscathat@scathatsanddotcommunists.com (although the same script would generate a lot of clutter with an email address like that)

The only way to avoid spam entirely is have no online presense or a forever improving filter.

peterh peterh 11:28 am 04 Sep 08

Ozhair, maybe next time put your email as “atcaliburnproductionsdotcom” that way the spam sniffers won’t pick it up?

spam. i prefer it in a can.

Ozhair Ozhair 11:10 am 04 Sep 08

PBO, if you see this, could you get in touch on pat@caliburnproductions.com

Cheers

peterh peterh 2:00 pm 03 Sep 08

Zapruda said :

Peterh, where do you cave?

I only manage to get out to Bungongia and Wee J every now and then (quite some time ago now I think of it)

I guess what im asking is if there are any caves in or around canberra that are worth a look at for an intermediate caver with the right gear?

the only caves around here that were any good were the cotter caves, they have been closed by ACT rangers – dangerous (what cave isn’t) I used to go to a couple of undisclosed caves near abercrombie and wombeyan that are on private landowners properties, but the landowners aren’t keen anymore. There is an interesting cave near the river down by the camp site at wee j, you have to trek a bit down the bank to the entrance, but it is pretty muddy, opens out into a big cavern, but wear a wetsuit, it is partially flooded and the water is
really cold.

nanzan nanzan 9:39 pm 02 Sep 08

I have just heard that a bunker has been discovered at Old Parliament House at the southern end of the building, as part of the current redevelopment works going on there. Investigations are underway to find out more about it.

Thumper Thumper 7:37 pm 02 Sep 08

I used to have great fun exploring WW2 bunkers and tunnels when I was a kid in Lincolnshire.

Awesome stuff…

Danman Danman 6:21 pm 02 Sep 08

btw Cave Clan may be able to help you with locational history.

Danman Danman 6:20 pm 02 Sep 08

o0o urbex – all teh leet haxxors kids are doing it nowdays – and getting all the good (From my photographical aspect) locations locked down due to graffiti and vandalism.

Urbex used to be about take only photos leave only footprints – but now its more about I have done X number of locations compared to your Y amount. Kids break into locations (Not pointing any fingers here – if you say you had permission to be on private land I believe you) and trash them.

I could at times stealth into locations @ night (Yes trespass) and take very artistic photos.

Where I could not do that I usually could socially engineer or beg an owner to let me in anad take photos.

I got a full guided tour of Kingston Power Station (Now the glassworks) by the forshore authority because I sent them a nice email

I tend to find that when I show interest insome peoples more obscure passions or occupations, they are so happy to give me a guided tour and full explination of facilities etc.

Of course 9/11 comprehensively raped that for me, and even with my High level credentials at work I still have trouble

When I started URBEX term was not even phrased – it was just Photographing industrial decay.

Innernet and digital photography has made “Urbex” mainstream and quite quickly made it “Cool”

I still use film I’m that old school – besides – much better for long exposures .

Julius Constantius Julius Constantius 5:10 pm 02 Sep 08

PBO said :

Just so everyone knows, it is private property and we have complete permission to be there.
Peterh:
The structure is about 5 ft thick reinforced concrete and it is 4 ft underground. The entrance has been backfilled and we seriously doubt that it has Ordnance in it as it is well ventilated (two small chimmneys) and the Canberra region was mainly a transport facility in WW2 (Thats why there were 40 Dakota transport planes based at Fairbairn until well after the war). The double doorway that we are in the process of opening is about 10ft high and 8ft across. The whole deal screams old comms centre.

It might have tressure inside or it may have bondage equipment form WWII (what else is there to do in wartime Canberra)…and there is always the possibility that is full of mutilated squirrels.

You won’t know until you open it! Best of luck, sound like a fun adventure.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 5:02 pm 02 Sep 08

Make sure you have Sayid, Locke & Jack with you PBO!

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