This old quarry was originally a site that was worked as a hard rock quarry and produced material such as gravel and road base. The site is home to a huge open excavation that is 100m deep and has some seriously steep, high sides that don't look overly safe to be near! There are also a few structures still standing that have some pretty heavy duty looking belts and pulleys. Unfortunately on our* visit there it was pouring rain so our time and light available for exploring were extremely limited.
The quarry was opened by a private business in the early 1900s and was functional until 2002 when it was believe to of become unprofitable and the local council was legally obliged to purchase it from the company, why I don't know, thats just what the internet told me, they brought it for $25million and managed to get $9 million back from suing the original owners... There seems to be or have been some serious legal action going on between he council and the original owners of the quarry, which I won't go into as it will bore most of us.
There are plans to turn this quarry into a sporting facility with multiple fields or into a public place and from artist impressions seen on the web, it looks like it could be a little oasis if it turns out like the pictures. At the moment though the quarry is closed to the public as it's dangerous, with its 100m deep quarry and some sketchy sides means its probably a good idea as no one would like to fall 50m into an oversized puddle.
Information on this site seems to be a bit overrun with the legal battles and the future plans for the quarry so I decided not to write about it, so instead here are some photos of whats left of the area. Unfortunately I didn't get any actual photos of the quarry as it was pouring rain, but i can tell you its big and actually looked pretty inviting for a swim!
WHAT: An old abandoned quarry and buildings that operated for over 100 years.
ACCESS - EASY: Pick a hole and enter, the fence has seen better days
SECURITY - LOW: It's a bit in the middle of no where so not many people are out there
INTEREST - 6/10: I'm going to give it a bit better rating then i thought as in daylight or at least not in pissing down rain it would be better then what I saw. In saying that the structure was pretty cool and lots of old machinery and conveyor belts etc in there. Add in the quarry as well on a nice day and its worth a visit.
ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND: You could go alone, there were a couple of teenage girls and a dad and his young son and dog there when we were there, so don't think it's too dangerous.
DANGERS: If you venture to the quarry be careful and don't get too close to the sides unless you got your swimmers on. Other then that just watch where you are going, lots of nice rusty things around but in general not too bad.
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?