Abandoned Caringbah High School


Well, to be fair, its only half an abandoned school. But in saying that, it used to be one very big school with two separate campus's that were linked together by a walkway that took about 5 minutes to walk between the upper and lower school. I'm* pretty familiar with this school as my older sister went there, and as a young whipper snapper I used to frequent Skateplus, which used to be next door to the top school, or bottom school, I'm not actually sure which campus it which, but Skateplus used to be next door.

Anyway so after only finding out last week, that the now closed campus has become a bit of a spot from some exploring, I decided to get involved before it got sold and knocked down. I'm not exactly sure how long since this campus closed, but I'm sure it wasn't all that long ago. As mentioned it was a school, a selective high school for the smart kids of the shire, unfortunately my sister got all the brains and I didn't pass the test to get in. It still looks the same as I remember, except the lack of intact windows and the cosmetic make over done by graffiti artists and rebel youths.

When you pull up out front, it's pretty impressive. The building is massive, and from the street you can tell its going to be a bit of a photogenic goldmine! There's a simple temporary fence around the perimeter, but a simple hop/climb over gets you in, or as we saw a guy walking his dog, just slide under part of the fence, and I'm sure if you follow it, you could find a hole or spot to get in. Once into the grounds, take a stroll around to the back of the building and you'll find someway to get in, we found a spot on the ground that led us in through a toilet and into the canteen, but we saw other openings as well when we had finished.

We headed straight to the top, and spent some time exploring the top level. The long corridors littered with glass and rubbish were a beautiful site in the early morning, with the soft morning light pouring in through the now glassless windows. Classrooms ranged from music to language to music rooms, headphones, papers, records and spray cans were a pretty common site inside. A mix of horrendous tags and some lovely graffiti pieces covered the walls of the classrooms and hallways. In some of the rooms we even found some Japanese Yen, origami, and some drums from an old drum kit.

Heading down to the middle floor, and of course there were more classrooms. This time though there were science labs, a music theatre, a drama room, some more music rooms and some staff rooms as well. The rooms here were bigger and more open, and seemed to contain some old school technology like projectors and amplifiers. All of the hallways here were lined with lockers, some busted open, and some still closed, who knows what goodies could be inside them!

After some solid exploring and snapping away, we headed back to the darkness of the ground floor for a finale. Majority of the bottom floor is dark, and too dark to really explore unless you got some serious lights. The canteen is still nice and bright and has a vintage bar-mix I wanted to take home! The floor is scatter with a pie tin and money bag mix, the cupboards have been raided and there's nothing left, but there are some nice old ice cream posters still hanging above the ordering bench. Venture into the pitch black and its got a few goodies lying around, so take a torch of a good flash for your camera, or both! Some papers from 2010 in perfect condition are sitting on the table as you venture into the void of darkness, as well as a lovely old stove top kettle. On the walls are metal pipes and other building materials, and then around a corner you'll find cupboards full of locker keys and padlocks, a couch tagged 2006 and some other random bits and bobs. Venture further in and you might even stumble across a cute little red kettle buried half in the sand, or some old rusty sheep shearers.

Exit through the toilets nearby and you're nose will thank you when the fresh air hits. We were running out of time so we didn't get to explore the who external part of the building, but it was still a good sight to see in the sections we did. There is another small building that looked like a metal and word work block, still with steel materials on the racks outside, and a few old rusted gas bottles scattered around as well. Due to time restrictions, we couldn't go in, but there was definitely access points.

Leaving the site, you can't help but to look back and admire the weird beauty of the old school. It's in a half way thrashed state, so the structure of the building is still perfect, but every window is smashed and there's not many walls without a trace of graffiti on them. It's nice to see a building that's newly abandoned for a chance, but I'd get here sooner rather then later, as real estate in the Shire is hot property, and you don't want to miss out on this little gem!

WHAT: An abandoned high school, well half of it, the other half is still operational.

ACCESS - EASY / MEDIUM: It's not to hard to get into, but it does require jumping or climbing under a fence and getting across the grounds undetected, and then finding the entry inside the building which isn't too hard

SECURITY - MEDIUM: I give this a medium purely based on it's location, it's in a suburban area where kids are always playing and people are out in their yards and walking past, so they could alter the fuzz. Once inside unless you are having a rave or redecorating the interiors, you should be sweet.

INTEREST - 9/10: I was pleasantly surprised how good it was in here, I was going to give it a 8, but there was a lot of cool stuff to see. Graffiti, old school papers, headphones, tapes, records, projectors, lockers and lots of random school objects. As mentioned it's still young in abandoned terms, so it has a lot of charm and isn't completely trashed.

ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND: Personally I wouldn't go alone, with the amount of old Mr Juicy bottle  hose-pipe foil coned bongs lying around, it wouldn't surprise me if you interrupted a bong smoking session in there, and a paranoid stoner with easy access to glass wouldn't be an enjoyable encounter. In saying that, as a building, its structurally sound and safe to go in alone, although would be creepy as alone, like something from The Last of Us or Resident Evil games.

DANGERS: Glass and a hell of a lot of it, and the possibly encounter with a paranoid stoner, besides that there doesn't seem to be anything there that could hurt you unless you try real hard!
























Disclaimer – The person referred to as “I” in this post is not necessarily me, nor does “I” refer to anyone in particular, likewise with the word 'we'. I will not be held responsible it anyone ventures to these locations and gets in trouble or injured. These words may be a ramble of useless information and the photos found on a lost usb picked up in the gutter? Who knows?

45 comments:

  1. Do you know if this is still accessible?

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    1. yes it is i was only there yesterday and i was able to jump the fence easily and gin access through the toilets where someone has cut away at the fence giving access to everyone

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  2. Sad to see my old school looking like this

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    1. Are you a former student? could I chat to you for a radio piece on the abandoned building?

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  3. Went here for a few years before moving down to bottom school and it's amazing how everything looks so familiar yet so different. Just a few years can make such drastic changes.

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  4. Looking to go in soon. Anyone know if cops have cameras here yet and if there has been any updates in security

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    1. Went past last weekend, school still there...further run down and a lot more access points...

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  5. Is this still accessible? After you hop over the mini fence how do u enter the school? and how would you get there by public transport? Thanks

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    1. Take the train to Caringbah (it's on the Illawarra/dark blue line, make sure the train is going to Cronulla and not Waterfall), take a right when you come out of the station, take another right at Willarong Rd (the third street you come across, there's a Seven 11 on the corner) and it should be about halfway down on the left.
      You can also catch buses to the top of Willarong Rd, outside the Seven 11, but I'm not familiar with the buses so I can't help you with that one. Unless you live in or near the Shire, it'd be much easier to catch the train.

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    2. after you go through the mini fence, there should be an opening in the taller fences near the left side of the school where you can just walk through. there are multiple entrances into the building, but if you walk around to the back of the school, there should be an open door. (not sure if this still applies though)

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  6. great site to photograph and climb, lots of real planned out graffiti that looks spectacular, some days the cops patrol outside for a couple minutes but usually leave unless disturbed

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  7. Went to school there in the '70s. Great times, great memories. Sad to see her end this way

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  8. has anyone encountered somebody not so friendly there...? and/or someone on drugs or anything not normal.? im 14 and i want to go but my mum thinks its 'too dangerous because anyone bad could be there'

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    1. if you're 14 i wouldn't go alone…you're young and you may encounter someone…i have never seen anyone else there but i have heard people going there and encountering some thugs and druggos

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  9. Hi guys just wondering if this place is still accessible and if so how easy and also if anyone has been here recently whether you have in countered anyone?

    Thank you

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    1. I went there a few months ago and there was a huge hole in the fence going down the side of the school and once youre through there are a few ways into the building, not hard :)

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  10. Where is this place located? :)

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    1. Google it...seriously

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  12. Tried to go here today but there were a bunch of workers there removing asbestos from the building on the right. Talked to the manager there or something who was saying it's going to be knocked down soon

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    1. what is the address? would like to go next week

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    2. Pretty sure he's said elsewhere locations won't be disclosed...this is probably the easiest place to get an address for on this site! 2 seconds on google and you can find it...don't be lazy

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  13. want to go next week but cant find the address someone please let me know what the address is

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    1. you can't find the address? have you tried googling it? obviously not....

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  14. getting knocked down. went yesterday and there were about 10 cars there, heaps of workers around it planning the demolition :(

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    1. there was a fire here i think the other week so they are probably tearing it down as its really unsafe now

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    2. yeah they burnt the whole top floor. Apparently used petrol to burn a couch and everything went up in flames. Shame cos they ruined it for everyone else

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  15. Went today, a few cars, didn't want to risk police. Still intact though

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  16. Anyone know if it's still up and possible to access?

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  17. We have just been here today. We couldn't get access into the building it is heavily patrolled now by security in yellow jackets and cars. We waited for a few hours and went back they were still there. We asked the security if we could walk around the grounds and he agreed and let us in but not inside any buildings! He followed us around while we took photos. The school is being demolished in the next 2 months he told us. If you want to go and see it, you best go soon. Either early in the morning or at night if you want to get into the buildings. From what I saw you can access it through the back of the school not the front..

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  18. best chance to go at night, no one is there. Got in 2 weeks ago

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    1. walls are all knocked down, its gone.

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  20. Is this still accessable? or cut off now?

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    1. pretty sure its torn down. there was a fire last year and i think after that they tore it down as it was unsafe

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  21. hey does anyone know for sure if it's been demolished? or just the walls? not sure if it'd still be worth checking out. i drove past it once but was too nervous to check it out alone

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  22. I was in the first intake 1960 it was only 56years old, now we know where the government spends our money (it was built on clay!!!) I guess the next to go will be the hospital because the shire is built on clay

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  23. been knocked down now!
    went out there to check it out & all thats left is the back wall with some graffiti
    easy enough to climb the fence if youre determined but not really worth it

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  24. yeah completely gone. such a shame since it looked like a dope place to check out

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  25. So if you ever get caught while exploring is it considered a civil or criminal offence?

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  26. If you ever asked yourself what school to attend, you definitively need to check out this little top 10 US High Schools. Maybe even try out to get in one of them)

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  27. so this isnt there anymore?

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  28. Waste of taxpayer money. With classrooms over crowded this should never have been closed down. It could even have been used to house the many homeless we have on the street.

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