Urban Exploration

Urban exploration is one of my favourite pastimes when I have camera in hand and on a recent trip to NSW I ticked a few more locations off my list.  On day one of our Sapphire Coast road trip, we were flying into Sydney and then driving down to Eden.  As it was only a slight detour, we factored in a route that took us past the Loftus Tram Sheds, O’Neills Amusment Park and St Johns Orphange For Boys.

O’Neills Amusement Park

O'Neills Amusement Park

O’Neills Amusement Park

Our first stop was O’Neills in Edmonson Park.  Even though this is private property, entry wasnt difficult.  The gate was wide open and an old sign on the gate clearly said ‘Open’  so  we accepted the invitation and wandered in.  Littered around the expansive grounds is an old dodgem car ride, swings, fun house, ghost train, old vehicles and lots of lovely decay.

O'Neills Amusement Park

O’Neills Amusement Park

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O'Neills Amusement Park

O’Neills Amusement Park

Loftus Tram Sheds

Hidden out in the bush in Royal National Park is the Loftus Tram Sheds.  Again entry wasn’t a problem with the door behind the tow truck wide open.  Inside are several old trams and a couple of buses,  even an old cable car… all heavily vandalised.  There are holes in the roof everywhere and the sun was coming through creating magical light in pin points and shafts.

 

Loftus Tram Shed

Loftus Tram Shed

Security was non existent and the only other people we saw were two photographers heading in as we headed out.

Loftus Tram Shed

Loftus Tram Shed

Loftus Tram Shed

Loftus Tram Shed

Loftus Tram Shed

Loftus Tram Shed

Loftus Tram Shed

Loftus Tram Shed

Footnote: Loftus Tram sheds was destroyed by fire in Oc t 2015

St Johns Boys Orphanage, Goulburn

Our last stop for the day was the boys home in Mundy St,  Goulburn.  The building sits on the hill overlooking Goulburn and would have been beautiful back when it was a functioning orphanage, but now, like all other sites the windows are smashed and the walls covered in graffiti and tags.

St Johns Boys Orphanage, Goulburn

St Johns Boys Orphanage, Goulburn

Again entry was very easy, right up the path and in the open (missing) door.  There is no security and we saw no one during the hour we spent rambling around

St. John's Orphanage

St. John’s Orphanage – Pigeons have taken up residence throughout the building

The orphanage had 2000 boys pass through its doors between 1912 and when it closed 1978. There has been talk of turning it into apartments, but in its heavily derelict state, that’s going to be some task.

St. John's Orphanage

St. John’s Orphanage

St. John's Orphanage

St. John’s Orphanage

St. John's Orphanage

St. John’s Orphanage

Footnote: St Johns was destroyed by fire in Nov 2016

abandoned locations

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3 Comments

  1. Margo Johnson September 11, 2015 at 6:12 am #

    Great pictures. You captured the sadness of decay and neglect.

  2. Glenda September 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Fantastic photos. Wow what a trip. That abandoned garden is something else.

  3. Ruth September 12, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    What amazing places. A shame that they have been left to deteriorate. But the tram shed has it’s own beauty, in it’s current state. Many thanks for sharing.

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