The Abandoned Tooth & Co Brewery (Mittagong Maltings)




One of my favourite places to visit around Sydney (at present) is the abandoned Tooth and Co. Brewery known as the Mittagong Maltings, approximately an hours drive south of Sydney.

The building was owned by Tooth and Co. which was one of New South Wales major beer brewers from the mid 1930's till mid 1980's. They had their fingers in a lot of pies the Tooths family, owning such known brands as Kent Brewery, the NSW chain of Hungry Jacks and even for a while Penfolds, as well as many other.

They acquired the maltings in 1905 and it was used to supply malt to their breweries. In 1942 two of the building were severally damaged by fire but were eventually repaired and rebuilt and were used up until 1981 when they closed their doors, and the buildings never saw the light of day again.

More then 30 years have passed and the buildings have taken a beating from the elements, but thats what makes them all the more charming. The site of the maltings is large, with two main buildings to explore, and one tiny house that is in a bad way and probably by the time you read this, will be nothing more then a pile of bricks and rubble.

The building at the top (further away from the train line) is in a further state of decay compared to the other one, but it's still stunning and stable to explore. The bottom floor and top floor have large rooms filled with metal support beams running from roof to ceiling, and when the light streams in, gives off some amazing light. There's minimal graffiti in here (very rare for something as private and large as this, and thats been sitting there unused for 30 years!) and there's one section with some nice brick arches and well placed graffiti. You can get to the second floor, you just have to take your time and be careful climbing the non existent stair case, but it is possible, and once up there the floor is solid concrete, so no chance of falling through.

Walking from the top building to the bottom building, take the time to turn around and get a full view of the impressive building, and get a shot of the Tooth and Co. logo still standing proud on the wall. It's a lovely building and the varying levels of decay can be seen easily with the patchiness of the roof.

Between the buildings there's a little hut near one of the bridges, a mosquito infested creek and then the frame of a small burnt out building, worth a few shots, but save you time for the second building, cause its amazing!

The bottom building is huge, and could nearly be classed as two as one section is semidetached, and I'll* start there. Its the smallest of all, but is still amazing to check out. As well as malt, it seems the Tooth's boys did some wood working in their day as well, as inside this building is hundreds of window frames, and a few large scale wood working machines standing there gathering dust. There's the normal rubble as well of course, no graffiti and painted on an old door in good condition is a Tooths & Co stencil painted. If you're brave you can ascend the stairs to the walkway high above the ground and get a birds eye view of the warehouse. We did it, and it seemed stable and safe (as long as you don't fall over the edge).

Enter the other part of the building, and the treasures just get better. Inside you'll find some huge industrial air fans/vents, large machinery chains, huge conveyor belt track things, more rubble and then some sort of conveyor belt machine thing as well. A semi rickety, skinny but safe enough staircase takes you up to an attic style platform (watch the holes) and gives you a view back down to the ground, or out one of the windows onto what could be mistaken as a rooftop tennis court, where you'll see your first sign of decent graffiti.

Back down on the ground floor, get on your knees and peek down into the roman bath like basement area, with rows of metal supports and arched roofing, and if its not like a bath (which it has been both times I have been there) get some good snaps there.

To get into the other end of the building you'll need to head outside again. Go to the side nearest the train tracks and you'll stumbled across a little weight bridge and scales, before climbing across some wooden beams and into the heart of the main building.

Downstairs is filled with rubble; chairs, carpets, furniture and all other sorts of funk. Make you way up stairs though and check out the upper floors.

The staircase up is still fine, except its missing parts to get to the top floor, but its very easily negotiated. For a building that hasn't been maintained in over 30 years, its still in great shape.

Each floor has spatterings of graffiti, some nice, and some just plain shit. Try not to take advice from some of it, as it will result in you jumping out a window or stepping into a hole or on a lose board. The structure and architecture of the old building is lovely, and this building is still in great shape inside! Windows looking out to the other buildings, old doors, power boards, fire boxes, fixings and some random bits and bobs all add to the interest factor of this place.

As you can see from this monster write up, the place is pretty cool and has a lot to see there. No matter what time of day you go, its amazing! Sunrise or sunset would give lovely light, middle of the day you get substantial light coming into those dark rooms, and night time would be cool, but creepy as! Sitting on the top floor watching the sun set with a cold beer would be a treat, but i wouldn't be having too many before navigating your way safely back down.

WHAT: An abandoned brewery formally owned by Tooths and Co. Has been disused and abandoned for over 30 years now.

ACCESS - EASY: It's pretty damn easy to find and its just as easy to get into. You can drive you car around the gate and right up the the bottom building, or you can park in Southey Street and climb through the fence that consists of a single piece of wire.

SECURITY - LOW: People walk their dogs through here, and they don't seem to care much for camera wielding explorers. If you were breaking shit and tagging up the place, it might be a different story. Have seen other explorers here and even a photoshoot.

INTEREST - 9/10: It's one of the coolest place I have been in Australia. It's big, easy to access, relatively safe and has a lot of cool, different stuff to see and shoot. It's easy to spend hours here.

ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND: Don't go alone. if you fall through a floor or hurt yourself, no one will hear your screams. It's on a large vacant lot and visitors are few and far between, so for safety take a mate or two. Or for a romantic outing take your better half to the top floor with a few beers or wine and watch the sun set through one of the windows. Don't get hammered up there unless you want to stay up there the night.

DANGERS: The main one is to watch your step. Majority of the place is sound and stable, but there are some soggy spots, so just watch your footing before you go running around everywhere. In saying that, 90% of the floors are solid. Staircase in the lower building it pretty sturdy, but the one in the top building was being held up by a piece of 4x2 wood. The usual debris is around as well, not as much glass as would expect, but a higher number rusty nails are present, so maybe opt for some footwear other then your double-pluggers. For a place 30 years unoccupied though, its in pretty good nick!

(These pics are taken about 12 months apart, and as you can see there isn't much difference between them, it isn't a hot graffiti and explorer hot spot due to its location far from Sydney)




































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?

44 comments:

  1. Thanks Tim! Will be going there soon :)

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  2. Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I grew up around there,and I remember the 2nd fire on the top floor when I was a little girl.im in my 40's now and every time I go back,its worse due to distruction from bored kids. its been sold a few times,and the process of cleaning the land and buildings up always comes to a halt,from lack of funds.
    .i went there about 6 years ago for a sticky,and it was all locked up.all doors and windows were boarded.in one large room on the ground floor,it was full of a lot of old things,furniture,marble tiles,pillars,with bits and bobs that I presumed were being stored there from the furthest building and from the inn when they were being renovated.i could just see in, as one of the boarded windows had been broken.i looked at all the old beautiful wooden beams and planks stacked up around the place.most of the old doors were locked so couldn't go into the rooms,but I was able to go into one area where there was even an old claw bath.i did notice the remains of the burnt building,as that hadn't been burnt the previous time I was there.
    .i have been back 3 times since then and the damage in that short time breaks my heart.everything has been broken into,furnishings have been smashed or taken.remainders of wooden ash where someones lit a fire.all the sealed square tins from previouse clean ups,opened and drawn on......which I might add are full of asbestos.rubbish strewn around and one site used for a dumping ground'.all doors and windows opened,broken or gone.the old machinery is slowly being damaged and pulled apart
    .the old house is now inhibited by a squatter,which scared me half to death when I opened a cupboard and found him in there sleeping.
    I don't know if I will go back,as each time, there is more and more damage,and I get so annoyed that things cant be left alone,but have to be smashed or grified on.
    I think if you want to take pictures,you better get there soon before there is nothing left,or someone gets hurt.

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  4. This was my first ever urbex location. I was told to park in southey street and when I walked around to the gate the wind blew the unlocked fence open like it was saying welcome. So I just strolled down the dirt path. I was told by a local girl to wear a mask as there is asbestos in both large buildings. I have been 4 times in the past two years and I'm pretty sure a homeless guy has set up home in the building closest to the road. He's been there on the last 2 visits so I just focused on the building closest to the train tracks. I was there about 4 months ago and a bit more graffiti has shown up. I also discovered the door to Narnia (thanks grafiti artists). The only dangers I found are probably the giant holes in the floor when you're on the second level. My first visit I went alone but after my second visit fall through an open window I started to go with a friend.

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  5. Went here to today for my photography assignment with a friend and can honestly say it was great to see the history but also just the structure its self can say i got some great photos for my major and can't wait to try other locations for more awsome photos :)

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  6. Can anyone give me an exact location or directions to find this place, im located in the Sydney western suburbs

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    1. unfortunately we don't disclose locations on here. I googled the name of this place and in two minutes i had another site giving the exact co-ordinates, it's really not hard to find, its actually stupidly easy.
      Recently we lost a great site due to vandals burning it down, hence why i dont like locations being disclosed on my site and i will delete any comments giving away locations as i dont want my site to be the reason places are getting trashed and burnt down. With a little google time you can find all the places on this blog fairly easily.

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  7. Went there early November and it was by far the most beautiful locations I've ever seen yes it's a bit sad that people like to draw giant male falice symbols all over the building but once you look past that, it's a beautiful structure. Even the graffiti (minus the male genitalia) makes it even more beautiful. There are some risky areas with rotten wood from rain damage, sheer drops and you have to mind your step. If you are to go there I highly suggest enclosed shoes or boots. I wore boots and it made climbing certain structures easier.
    I did minor photography there, I actually focused more on a music video. I do need to go back to fill in some scenes but I can't wait till I do!

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  8. is the factory near the train station?

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    1. Mate no one wants to give out locations of places on the internet

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  9. This looks so beautiful! I hope it's still in similar condition by the time I manage to go there on my next adventure! Awesome blog!

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  10. i heard this one now has an owner who live nearby, and when someone loitering around to take photos, the owner would come and asked them to leave ?? anyone been there recently ??

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  11. I have lived 10 15min away from this place all my life and have never been there . People say its haunted but dont have stories to back it up. Has anyone else ever heard anything ?

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    1. I have iv been there over 20 times seen ghost dsy and night i live in mittagong had rocks thrown at me and all sorts

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  12. Very interesting to see.Some members of the Tooth family returned to England, and this is what their Ausralian beer money bought http://www.eastgrinsteadbookshop.co.uk/ The Tooth family owned and lived in this property until 1960s, it`s been mine since 1991

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  13. I was there last weekend 26 March 2016. Hung about for a couple of hours taking photos. There was some yoof present, but other than being a little noisy in the echoing buildings weren't causing trouble. Was at least four cars parked on the grounds when we got there, and ran into a couple other photographers quietly going about their business. Certainly weren't run off the grounds. Will probably go again some time.

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  14. Visited this weekend to pop my mates and mine Urbex exploration cherry. Very cool place. There are some dodgy stairs and floors, but as long as your are sensible it's pretty safe. It's very easy to get to and we bumped into a couple other photographers and even a family exploring the place during our time there. When speaking with one of the other photographers on site, the owner apparently rocked up and talked to him whilst we were in one of the other buildings. The owner didn't kick him off but was rather expressing caution to ensure that no one injured themselves.

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  15. Hi my friends and i would like to visit this place does anybody have an direction we could have please.

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  16. I have really wanted to explore this amazing place for a while now, but haven't as apparently it is full of asbestos.. does anyone know if it is safe to go in? I know some asbestos removal work was done but not all of it was removed..?

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  20. Is this place still good to check out?

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  25. Does anybody know if there is asbestos here? I am thinking of visiting with a friend but I need to know if I should bring masks.

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    1. I was there yesterday and asbestos is broken and litters the grounds surrounding buildings. Junkies have also moved in so take a friend.

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    2. I was there yesterday and asbestos is broken and litters the grounds surrounding buildings. Junkies have also moved in so take a friend.

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  26. the little house with the homeless guy has been burnt,along with a lot of the old beautiful wood that was once around the place.most things now have been vandalised,burnt or covered in graffitti.not much of the old machinery left either.the asbestos had been concealed in tin containers next to the larger building,but kids have taken the lids off some of them.

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  27. Does anyone know who owns it now

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    1. Did you ever find out who owns this? I'm trying to find out too.

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  30. Hey I was just wondering if you know of any abandoned buildings/venues in Western Sydney or close to, that is suitable to host a small birthday gathering/ group hangout?

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  31. This is a stunning location. Have heard about it and finally got to visit recently.
    This may be a bit crazy but i want to arrange a visit to the location, properly and legally. i am working on a commercial venture and this works perfectly for us. Does anyone have any info on who to contact for permission to access the site? Post comments below if you can.Thanks

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    1. I was photographing there yesterday andI am not sure the owners would give permission as a liability issue as There is broken asbestos littering the grounds and crates of asbestos. Junkies and homeless have also moved in.
      Plus the floors are rotting and fall away as you are walking.

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