Another place known to lots on the urban exploration circuit, the old Anzol Paint Factory looks set to disappear from the urbex radar fairly soon.
I had some trouble actually finding out any real information about Anzol Paints or this factory (if anyone knows more then I do please feel free to contact me as I would like to know) but all I could find on Anzol was that it was a paint company, and was known for its gutter paints and also suppling some paint (Army green) to the Australian Defence force to paint some of its tanks with.
Anzol by the sounds of it also had a bit of a tainted past and wasn't the most environmentally friendly company. Anzol was accused and from what I can gather, charged with some pretty horrendous pollution issues. Without reading through a scanned 84 page pdf I found online, I couldn't see exactly what they did, but their products contained some pretty horrid toxic ingredients and it sound's like they weren't disposing of it overly well.
Now for the construction of contamination…it looks like its days are numbered. The fences have been fenced in by new looking fences of a construction company, and a clean portaloo and a lunch table occupy some of the back area. These as well as finding a new and working oxy-welder upstairs, makes me think that the decommissioning of this paint playground in under way.
The far end of the property is a pile of rubble and not really worth venturing too unless you find piles of concrete and metal fascinating. There is one small building out that side but it has been overtaken by nature and now abused by falling debris, so not much to see there.
The main, multi-level building is where the majority of good stuff is at. The bottom floor has some graffiti splattered around and by the look of it may of been somewhere stocks were kept as signs for certain colours still hang from the roof. There was also an open area that looks up to the next level and has the bottoms of the vats/barrels there and some pipes and wheels and of course a few mattress formerly used by squatters.
Go up a level and there is some really interested stuff up here. Paint solvent taps, huge containers, rows of vats and mixers with drips of dried paint hanging from the lids. A huge conveyor belt style machine, some more clean rooms with graffiti and then over in the corners load of flat pack packed up furniture. This was probably my favourite level of the main building.
Head up another level and it looks like its the home of the former offices with old Anzol receipts from a 1980's printer littering the floor, and not far from the receipts, a very prehistoric looking printer. This floor has been punished, windows smashed, walls kicked in and only one decent piece of graffiti to be found, oh and not to mention some super rank soggy carpet on the floor.
Venture up some more and you reach the roof top, not much up here but it's still pretty cool! When it was first abandoned and no so thrashed, it probably would've been a sweet place for a beer in the afternoon.
Toward the front of the property (I consider the wall with Anzol painted on it to be the front) there are several small buildings that proved to be well worth a gander. The far one wasn't overly exciting, some graffiti and some huge containers that used to house flammable liquids.
The middle one was in surprisingly good condition with not many windows smashed, and a few beautiful old machines lying around that have not fallen victim to the wrath of vandals. You could also get up onto the roof of this building, although the wooden boards and rusty handrails weren't overly inviting, but still they did the job of holding us up.
And the final building turned out to have some goodies in there as well. Some more mixing vats, old wall mounted gauges, other pipes and knobs, minimal graffiti and we even found a lovely old litre measuring gauge. You could get onto the roof of this building to, but the rain had started falling and there was a tree guarding the entrance to the rooftop that I didn't have the energy to battle.
All in all, I was pretty impressed with the factory. We weren't bothered by anyone (although there were some weirdos running around in morph suits filming a video clip) and the place still has a lot of cool things to see. If I were you and you wanted to check this place out, I would get onto it pretty quickly as I think its going to join places like the Glebe Tram Shed and Dunlop Factories on the RIP list really soon.
WHAT: An abandoned paint factory previously owned by Anzol Paints. Apparently been abandoned for around 20 years.
ACCESS - EASY: We did a quick drive around the perimeter to see if there were any holes in fences or openings to grant us entry, but we could only find two access points, one was a climb over the wall using a vent in the brick wall, and the other was a dodgy corner section where fence met brick wall. During our time inside the complex though, we soon found out that the large door at the front was in fact open, but just pulled too, likewise with a little hatch door on another large door. Both unlocked but pulled too and hep closed with a stick or wire to stop it from swinging open.
SECURITY - LOW – MEDIUM: There is new developed and construction going on all around the factory, including the factory itself by the look of things. The residents around saw us and didn't seem to care (if you were being a dick and smashing things they probably would) so they pose no problem. We also went on a Sunday morning so worksites and factory workers weren't around. If you went on a weekday I think you would probably attract a bit more attention and possibly get kicked out or in trouble, or the workers could actually be on site as there was signs (portaloo and new oxy-welder) that people were starting to rip this place down. So it gets a mixed security rating, low for weekends and medium for weekdays.
INTEREST - 9/10: I was pleasantly surprised by this place. I have seen a few photos of it and nothing that really blew my mind, but we spent over two hours exploring and it was good. The place is super trashed, not sure if it is a result of vandal or it's future construction plans, but in saying that the main factory is in pretty decent condition. The calibre of graffiti is pretty shite, but there is some really cool old paint related things still to be found. Huge paint vat/storage things, taps and pipes, dials, containers, signs, mixing machines, papers and other cool stuff can be seen.
ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND: You could go alone easy enough, but it has got a little bit of a creepy feeling to it, so I opted to take a friend. The place in parts is in very bad condition, but like mentioned the main building and roof top are pretty solid, but still places that look like this, probably always best to take a friend just in case!
DANGERS: Just be careful. The main buildings floor and roof and stairs all seem solid. I didn't feel any soggy floors and there's no holes in the floor unless they are mean't to be there. There are some huge piles of rubble around, so would stay away from them. And the usual things like rusty metal and pipes and things sticking out from the walls and floors are around as well so just don't go running around with you're eyes closed and you should survive.
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?