Abandoned Cokeworks 1

It's becoming common these days that century old factories and workplaces that helped shape our amazing country are closing down or going bust, leaving behind some incredible history and also in some cases also contributing to the demise of the towns they are a part of, towns that a lot of the time were built to house staff of these places. Lucky for the town though it's located in a not so rural area so the town hasn't ended up deserted like many other similar scenarios.

This abandoned cokeworks fits into that category as well, it was operating for over 100 years and was one of the oldest continuos coke-making operations in the world. This cokeworks reached a pretty remarkable milestone before its closer by delivering one million tonnes of coke to overseas customers! 

What is coke I hear you ask? I had to google it as well as I thought this place was a coal plant, according to google coke is "a solid fuel made by heating coal in the absence of air so that the volatile components are driven off".

So the site is pretty big, with several buildings dotted around the site, it looks like there is a lot for check out, but sadly a lot of the buildings are totally trashed and empty, or welded up to stop explorers getting in. The main I guess you would call it 'work' building is still accessible and if you get your spiderman on and do some climbing you can scale up the dirty maze of metal to the top and if you have the courage, you can make your way across the walkway/conveyor belt that joins two buildings. This walkway is pretty high and there are some slightly rusted spots, so if you do, really pay attention to where you step, you fall here and seriously you will probably die. The inside of this building is dark and dirty, but its nice to take photos of, the walkway is brighter and you get a cool view over the site.

Personally the outside is what did it for me, the combination of rust with graffiti and then with a dashing of nature taking over made for awesome photos. The long rust lines of the former machinery and the chimneys in the background will please any fellow symmetry lovers.

It's not the best explore I have been to, but it was still enjoyable and even though there wasn't tons to explore it still made for some good shots and a good little adventure.

WHAT: A cokeworks that operated for over 100 years and closed in early 2014. It was one of the oldest continuos coke-making operations in the world.

ACCESS - HARD: See below.

SECURITY - HIGH: With the recent amount of people going here and causing trouble and just being stupid (starting fires, climbing things that shouldn't be climbed and just being general pests) the security has stepped up big time. CCTV is present and monitored 24/7, security patrols are present and the police have a presence here now regularly. This site is a no go anymore, you go you will most likely will be caught. The owners are sick of people being in here and causing ruckus and putting themselves in danger so they have stepped it up in order to keep people out, and i don't blame them. If this was on your list of places to explore, i'd scrub it off unless you want to be arrested and get into trouble. If you do go and start fires or just be a general dick i hope you get caught.

INTEREST - 6/10: I might be being a little harsh here, as its actually a beautiful site mixed with green and rust and graffiti, but a lot of the area is now welded up making it impossible to get into a lot of it. You can make some beautiful photos here, but the subject matter is very limited. The buildings like the toilets and the office though are hugely trashed. 

ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND: You could go alone easy enough but if you want to do a bit of climbing to some of the tricky parts or walk the sketchy walkway/conveyor belt 50m in the air, then take a buddy incase you fall.

DANGERS: It's pretty safe here if you are just cruising around outside, if you go inside and start trying to climb about, watch your footing as there are parts that are rusted and could give way. This place is old, unsafe and if you hurt yourself, you're on your own. Also don't wear light colours, this place is putrid, so much black soot and shit everywhere which gets all over you, even if you don't think you have touched any, you'll still end up with black crap everywhere!

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"


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  2. I was wondering just recently if you had visited here. Cool images and article, mate.

  3. check out @coastal.lens on instagram. We will posting a lot of photog from abandoned places like this and also coastal themed photos.

  4. Mr Frawely, I am going to tell u to do a blog post for this place http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/special-features/in-depth/haunted-halls-of-macquarie-technology-school-trashed-and-forgotten/news-story/8a88b8c21b93d4937813712b1ad78ea9

  5. This place claims to have patrols but me and my friend didn't encounter any.
    However be cautious for constructions workings on a nearby building, other than that it was a dope place

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