Buildings like this are getting more and more rare these days with developers snapping up any spot of land left right and centre, but lucky for us explorers if you venture out of the hustle and bustle of the city and head a couple hours away, there are some true gems still sitting there rusting away.
The power station was build at its location (please don't ask where it is, I don't share locations) was chosen due to its proximity to a large body of water and also the coalfields. it took 10 years to construct this monster of a station (when visiting you can see why it took so long) and over 1000 men camped here during its construction, and finally in 1958 it was officially opened and stayed active for nearly 30 years until ceasing operation in 1986. A lot of the heavy machinery was removed from the site on closure but there is still a lot lying around inside, some that looks brand new.
My* excitement levels skyrockets when I saw this beautiful building standing all alone in the field, it was massive, bigger then i expected, a lot bigger. It stretched long and far and reached up to the sky, I couldn't wait to get in. So we did a drive around and picked our spot and next thing we were running through the open field into the cover of this decaying beauty.
I would probably split this place into two main sections, although it is one big building (and there is also a giant shed on site but we didn't have time to look inside there) the two section descriptions I have given them is the office area and the industrial area.
The office area seems to of been a garage/storage on the bottom two levels, and then the next 4 or 5 or 6 levels (can't remember how many but there were a lot of stairs climbed that day) have remnants of offices, showers, classrooms, labs and some other rooms that are still mysterious in their use. Hours can be spent climbing these levels and navigating the pretty shitty floor plan that makes you feel like you are running a bit of a maze, but there's plenty to see and photograph in this section, beautiful architecture, some cool old machine parts and then other trinkets and random things spotted around the place.
After exploring the office section and its network of rooms and hallways, the vast, open area of the industrial area is overwhelming, its huge and open and light and awesome. You could fit a couple of soccer fields in here and you could base jump from the ceiling (ok maybe not but it's really high). Its split into two sections that both run from end to end of the area and both are incredible.
Im a fan of lines in photography and this place was perfect for it. Rows and rows of steel pillars and old worn walls and just a beautiful place to photograph. The ceilings are extremely high and when you look up you see a plethora of new things to admire and take in. There is a second level which is easy to access although some areas are fenced off and i wouldn't recommend walking on them, but the elevated level gives you a new view on the ground level, and then if heights don't bother you theres a staircase at the far end that gives you access all the way up to the top and gives you a stunning view over the whole place.
We spent hours in here and could've spent longer, but some 'surveyors' who I am pretty sure weren't surveyors (their Nike trainers and backpacks made me think they were just pretending in their fluro vests) started getting annoyed and were just constantly coming over to us asking us how long we were going to be cause their 'boss' was coming in half an hour (two hours after they told us he was coming he still hadn't arrived). And also i crashed a drone i was testing so i was keen to get home and fix it, but yes I could've stayed here shooting a lot longer. This place would be amazing at sunrise or sunset i think with all the openings and windows you would get some magical snaps in there.
So what's next for this old rusting relic, from my research, not much, it's still on the market. Personally i can see this being turned into Australia version of Berghain, the world famous Berlin night club that is in an old power plant. This would be perfect for it but would definitely need some cash splashed on it to make it actually happen, but I can see it working! Buy the nearby bowling club and turn it into a restaurant/food outlets for disco heads when they are in need of a feed after a big night, and snap up the trailer park next door and turn it into some accommodation for the party goers. There's some water near by to kick back and refresh after belting yourself the night before, it's perfect haha.
Unfortunately some sad news though, there was apparently a fire there earlier this week. I have no idea on the severity of the fire or the damage caused but I'm sure security will now be ramped up and fences etc repaired.
All in all this was one of my best explores in Australia so far.
ACCESS - MEDIUM: There are a few ways to get in that doesn't involve scaling the barb wire lined fence, although after the recent fire I think the fences may get repaired
SECURITY - MEDIUM-HIGH: The place is massive so once inside you should be pretty safe, getting in though can be a challenge as there is a bowling club, sporting fields and what looks like a caravan park right next to it, so you need to get by undetected by them if you chose to enter from that side. There is also a decent walk/run across some fairly open ground that you could be spotted on. There are a few other sides to enter from and each has its pros and cons. Again with the recent fire (which I am yet to read about but have been told there was a fire last week) I think security will be heightened.
INTEREST - 9/10: It's the best explore I have had in a long time. The place is huge and takes hours to cover properly, we were there a few hours and I would've liked to of stayed longer. There's a section that was like the old offices, storerooms, labs and teaching areas and then there's the huge wide open area where all the real work went on. Lots of things still lying around to look at and once you get inside the open area it's a field day for your camera.
ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND: You could go alone, the place is so big even if you are with a friend you might lose them, but there are some sketchy areas as well so if you plan on taking on some of these bring a mate to test it for you, or to pull you out from all the rubble after it falls down on you.
DANGERS: The section thats more like offices etc felt safe, just your normal glass and other sharp objects. Floor felt safe and walls still standing the test of time. The industrial section though needs a bit more care when exploring. There's holes and pits in parts of the floors that used to serve some purpose, but now they are just there to gobble up wanders, theres some mid level sections that are fenced off and look a little unsafe, and with some of the rubble underneath them i would advise walking on them just incase it decides to pack it in while you are on top. And one of the far walls looks like its seen better days so wouldn't go playing and wall ball on that one. The place looks like it was built tough, and majority of areas are safe, but as always you need to use your own judgement.
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' 'my' 'me' etc. 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?
And place don't ask where this is or how to get in, its called urban exploration, as a wise man once said on instagram "if you are told the location and how to get in, its tourism not exploration"