This weekend I went and visited Malabar bunkers. I wanted to get out there after reading about the governments plan to bulldoze the site and build McMansions. The site contains one of the largest bunkers, towering about four stories tall. It also boasts its own small tram line that was used to move ammunition around the site.
Today I had one of my exploration dreams come true. Access to the underground tunnels of Callan Park. The site of Australia’s only Kirkbride building and until recently a massive insane asylum.
I recently headed back out to Middle Head bunkers. It’s had a lot of work done on it recently. Cleaning up the site and excavating ruins of the older fortifications. But that’s another story which I will do soon. I love this place 🙂
On this trip I wanted to check out a bunker I spotted on Google Earth. This is what I found.
On one of my explorations I found a ship wreck near Botany Bay.
Fort Banks is a large coastal fortification setup to defend Botany Bay. It existed pre-WW2 but received an upgrade of two 9.2 inch guns around this time. The fort these days is slowly being buried by the drifting dunes and plant life. Indeed finding entrances to it now involves crawing through bushes and contortions to get in. But once inside you’ll find a large underground complex to explore. The photos below come from two visits to the site and I think there is even more to find.
I went and visited the Port Kembla’s Hill 60 bunkers near Wollongong here in Australia. I was worried that the complex would all be sealed up and the long drive down the coast would be for naught. But I am happy to say, we got in and got to check out a large chunk of the underground.
North Head bunkers are near the Quarantine station here in Sydney (near Manly). The area is pretty populated and there is a nice scenic drive around the head that can take you to a few bunkers and forts. But I wasn’t interested in these this time, too easy and touristy.
According to local law, the Fretus Hotel started life as hotel in Sans Souci, NSW Australia. When the owner John Fretus fell on hard times, he made a rather bad decision. He decided to demolish the hotel and take the stone and materials to the middle of no-where and rebuild it.
This time I took a short journey to Homebush Bay here in Sydney to check out the old ship wrecks.
This was my first ever exploration with a bunch of friends from back in the ZGeek.com days. We headed to Middle Head on Sydney Harbour and explored the hidden bunkers along the cliffs.
This happened around 2000.