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Exploring underground bunkers near Canberra

By 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 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 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 3:51 pm 04 Sep 08

Indeed 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 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 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 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….

it is a sh!t hat. literally.

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