No Parking - Abandoned Tigers Car Park



In the 1950's the Balmain Tigers had such a huge following that they needed to build something just for the passionate followers, so in 1957 such a building was built, The Balmain Leagues Club. The club was the home to many die hard fans that would pile in on the weekends to come and down a few schooners and scream at the tv screens to get their team home.

The leagues club operated for over 50 years and in that time it was even identified as a 'place of historical significance' by the Australian Rugby League, it even held the party for the Tigers when they won the 2005 premiership. But just 5 years after their premiership the doors shut and were never to be opened again.

There is a whole ugly story (possibly more then one) about what is going to happen with the site and proposals like a 20 storey high rise that has been back and fourth with courts and council approvals and people doing some dodgy things by the sounds of it, but I can't be bothered doing the research into that as I* don't care what goes up there.

The Leagues Club was abandoned in 2010, and it quickly made way for some squatters who set up some pretty decent living quarters there, and from word on the street it sounds like they had a pretty sweet set up in there and were in there for a while. When you look through the barred windows you can see couches, tvs, beds and even some cooking utensils still there, but gaining access to the building isn't as easy as it used to be.

In saying that, this is why this is titled the Tigers Car Park, as on my visit I never go inside, I could see two access points which both involved the possibility of falling from a decent height that could of resulted in being seriously hurt, or possibly dead, so climbing up onto a three storey ledge and in through a broken glass window is not what i consider a smart choice. I have seen photos from inside and it looks cool, pretty trashed but there are some squatters treasures in there, but also from what i have heard there was a heavy drug presence in there, so if you do tempt death climbing in here, watch out for drug paraphernalia or possibly even a junky still lurking in the shadows.

The car park on the other hand is a lot less dangerous and takes no life threatening stunts to gain access. The car park once would of been filled with punters going to watch the game, resulting in their cars spending a night or two here after a few too many cold ones, but no cars have parked in here for a while.

It is just a car park, it is a multi-storey car park though, which makes it a little more exciting, but in the end its still just a carpark. It has some random objects scattered around the place and it does have some really cool graffiti in here. It's not mind blowing or going to make your top list of places to explore, but it's still got its charms, and if you explore enough you'll even come across a trophy or two from the clubs glory days.

WHAT: The car park for the former Balmain Leagues Club.

ACCESS - EASY: It's on a main road, but when i was there kids were jumping the fence right there...i opted for a more subtle entrance but that too was easy.

SECURITY - MEDIUM: Being on a busy road ups the security a bit as you never know what kind of nosey person might see you and dob you in, once inside though you'll be fine. When we were there there were workers there re-inforcing the doors that were boarded up, making the former leagues club like an impenetrable fortress unless you are spiderman.

INTEREST - 4/10: Like I said above its not mind blowing, but there are some cool relics laying around, some random shit as well but some cool, creative street art that's always nice to see.

ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND: It's a place you could do yourself as long as you aren't trying to get into the leagues club, it's small and no real dangers present.

DANGERS: None really...glass like every other abandonment, a needle or two which are never nice to stumble across but besides those structurally its sound.












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?


24 comments:

  1. Been inside before and the view from the rooftop is amazing! Totally right about the druggies living in it though, ew

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  3. Pretty cool place went here a couple of weeks ago explored the carpark top to bottom cool objects on the ground such as , trophies,hammers,cards and heaps more managed to get inside explored the hole main building very creepy make sure you go with atleast 5+ people just to be safe because we came across a few squatters that were living in there but were surprising very friendly and we also managed to get on to the rooftop has an awesome view all above very good place to visit if you explore the hole thing. Also there's an entrance at the back street there's a hole that gets you into the carpark recommend you go there because there a lot of dogs that snitch you in to the cops these days so don't enter from the main road

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  4. Cheers! Will really help me out!! ����

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  5. Where's the location of this place

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  6. Hi i was wondering how to get to this place?

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    1. Dude just go there and have a look. He said it's super easy to get into you just have to jump a fence...what are other instructions do you need?

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    2. Just how to get there from liverpool

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    3. Put Balmain in to google maps bro...pretty sure that'll show you the way

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    4. were is this place located ??

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    5. the place is in rozelle.

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  8. theres a cool place in the suburbs of Sydney. Don't know if you've checked it out but it might be worth popping your head in. not to be or too intresting but hey its a cool place to hang. we call it the office.

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    1. what/where is it?

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    2. I have a feeling this is in Alexandria

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  9. No point going to anymore has security, sensors and if caught police come down hard on you shame to see the spot go :(

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    1. I was there 2 days ago but didn't notice any security or sensors whats so ever

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  10. really good place, went in yesterday you do not have to climb anything and the squatters have seemed to have moved out, all you have to do to get in is walk up the main stairwell.

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    1. the only problem is, if you make too much of a racket police can come down on you and there normally a few nosy residents always looking in and waiting to call.

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  11. went here it was good but too many squatters

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  12. I'd recommend going before westconnex tears it down for the motorway

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  13. Not a very interesting site too modern for me.
    I remember going to the Burley Griffin incinerator at pyrmont an amazing place the architecture was just incredible it had all these tiles in and Egyption art deco style a most beautiful industrial site it was a great loss architectually. It was near the city side of the anzac bridge i think 2gb radio is in the building they put in its place. There is another incinerator on the oposite side of blackwattle bay oposite the fish markets it was abandoned when i went and photographed it but it has been restored it is 50,s style but the round sandstone building next to it is very old possibly colonial.
    a junky lived in it when i was there. I still photographed it at night. Junky wasnt home the night iwas there.

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  14. what is the location

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