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
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.
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.
Security was non existent and the only other people we saw were two photographers heading in as we headed out.
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.
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
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.
Footnote: St Johns was destroyed by fire in Nov 2016
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