1. Post #1
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    Empty_Shadow's Avatar
    July 2006
    10,164 Posts
    I've been thinking about doing this with some mates but I don't really know where exactly to go. We're all in the melbourne area and from what I've seen online the main places to explore are train tunnels (fuck dat, dangerous as fuck and get fined to shit), underground water drains for rainwater etc (seems dangerous/really easy to get lost, I don't really want to do one of these as a first try), but there's not that many abandoned buildings to check out. There's not many resources to google either as I don't think urbex is really that big in aus, especially since we don't have that many old buildings.

    I've got a pretty good idea of what to bring (torches, batteries, phones, food/drink, first aid kit), but I'm just finding it difficult to find a place to start out.

    Any aussies got input on this?

    Also what would you guys recommend as the optimal number of people to explore with? I think 2 is probably best, to maintain stealthiness but to have the safety of a second person with you at all times.
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  2. Post #2

    May 2012
    1 Posts
    I've been thinking about doing this with some mates but I don't really know where exactly to go. We're all in the melbourne area and from what I've seen online the main places to explore are train tunnels (fuck dat, dangerous as fuck and get fined to shit), underground water drains for rainwater etc (seems dangerous/really easy to get lost, I don't really want to do one of these as a first try), but there's not that many abandoned buildings to check out. There's not many resources to google either as I don't think urbex is really that big in aus, especially since we don't have that many old buildings.

    I've got a pretty good idea of what to bring (torches, batteries, phones, food/drink, first aid kit), but I'm just finding it difficult to find a place to start out.

    Any aussies got input on this?

    Also what would you guys recommend as the optimal number of people to explore with? I think 2 is probably best, to maintain stealthiness but to have the safety of a second person with you at all times.
    I'm also from Melbourne, I live close to the CBD (I take the train into the city from Footscray) and on the way there, there are a few abandoned buildings along the Maribyrnong River? A couple of friends and I went into an abandoned warehouse near my school once.. it was awesome! Too bad they locked it up.. gotta find out a way to get into it!
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  3. Post #3
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    December 2011
    139 Posts
    I'm also from Melbourne, I live close to the CBD (I take the train into the city from Footscray) and on the way there, there are a few abandoned buildings along the Maribyrnong River? A couple of friends and I went into an abandoned warehouse near my school once.. it was awesome! Too bad they locked it up.. gotta find out a way to get into it!
    Try to use crowbar :D
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  4. Post #4
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    bye's Avatar
    August 2006
    3,105 Posts
    Melbourne has lots of variety when it comes to abandoned buildings, drains and other infrastructure you can play inside. You have to 'go exploring' to generally find them though.
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  5. Post #5
    pwnpie08's Avatar
    November 2008
    36 Posts
    There is a LOT of drains around Melbourne to check out but as far as buildings go, you have to suss that shit out. Larundel got knocked down recently so there goes one of our best buildings. The power plant in the CBD was knocked down a few years ago as well, brilliant building gone. :(
    There is still a grain factory in Newport i think (Haven't been out there in a while) as well as multiple warehouses around Melbourne, I know people that use them for parties.
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  6. Post #6
    Dumb User's Avatar
    April 2012
    170 Posts
    There's next to nothing for urbex in Aus... the country is just too new.'

    Just tons of water drains...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cal_84/5949714789/
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  7. Post #7
    CityRisk's Avatar
    March 2016
    1 Posts
    I really do hope I'm not bumping a thread that is too old. Though I did check the original posters last login time and it was very recent so on the off chance that they are still looking for an answer to this topic I'm here.
    I have personally been urban exploring for almost 2 years now covering a wide range of things. I started with mostly drains as they were easy to get locations for and actually quite interesting. As I got more into the scene I've become more interested in the photography aspect of it all and have slowly accrued a large number of urbex contacts. My main focus these days is abandoned places/rooftops/cranes as I find them more exhilarating and they definitely produce better photos.
    In terms of people looking to get into the scene I would recommend signing up to a dedicated Australian Urbex forum like uega.net (urban exploration group australia). Most new explorers don't tend to stick around, they'll explore a few places and then lose interest. It's hard to explain the scene too much to a rank outsider but if you are still interested in it sign up to the forums. Start talking to people. The best channels to meet other explorers I have found are UEGA and Instagram.
    Melbourne has an absolute plethora of locations, some a lot more obvious than others and each with their own set of risks from the legality aspect to the safety aspect.
    Drains generally rank in as been best for new explorers as nobody cares about the legalities and they really aren't that dangerous if you follow a few simple rules.
    Abandonments come in second with the legalities and safety really being dependent on a variety of factors.
    Rooftops/cranes are quite obviously swamped in legality issues and you're most likely not going to get let off if you're caught with the old excuse "Oh I was just taking pictures."
    And then there's train tunnels which are something I tend to avoid and would most certainly not recommend to anyone.
    While people aren't just going to hand you spots there are a number of explorers myself included who are constantly meeting up with new people and taking them on their first explores.
    I could go on for hours about urbex but I'll stop myself here. It really is a wonderful activity, that while not particularly legal is definitely not the most illegal thing kids get up to these days.
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  8. Post #8
    TechnoSandwic's Avatar
    January 2014
    1,051 Posts
    Look around with the history of your area. In Newcastle there's the older Military Fort tunnels, supposedly an air raid shelter, an abandoned reservoir and some more.

    Look around online for urbex communities too, I guess.

  9. Post #9
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    Pat.Lithium's Avatar
    November 2009
    11,237 Posts
    there used to be an old railroad workshop from the 40s that was locked up near me. i used to go there often at night with some friends. there was a lot of cool shit in there, lots of equipment still intact and i still have a few notebooks, one dating as early as 1946 full of mathematics and other cool shit all hand written.

    unfortunately a couple of years ago someone burnt down the main recreation hall out front so they increased security, built a better fence and sealed the buildings shut.

    the absolute coolest thing was going through the workshops, at the end of the corridor and to the right was the entrance to a massive fucking warehouse, full of old decorations for exhibitions. at the far end of the warehouse was some newer office buildings that were completely empty except for one room full of thousands of bottles of water.

  10. Post #10
    Look around with the history of your area. In Newcastle there's the older Military Fort tunnels, supposedly an air raid shelter, an abandoned reservoir and some more.

    Look around online for urbex communities too, I guess.
    You're a novo?

    The only thing I remember about that place that's abandoned is shitloads of mines and sinkholes.