Australian underground drains
|Type||Country||Exploration Date||On the Map||Status||Rating|
The great stairway
The famous Australian Drains!
Rare in Europe, these drains are everywhere under the australian cities. These underground drains carry out the canalization of rain water, completely separated from sewer networks.
Many of these drains are present below each city, each one having its nickname, story and features. Different shapes, sizes, entry & exit...
They are popular meeting, expression and exploration places for the Australian Cave Clan, THE urban exploration organization. The photos shown here depict the variety of these underground canalizations.
|Sydney||Swoo||A strong slope gave this drain its name. When you slip, Swoooooo!|
|Sydney||Drainstation||A Train Station can be seen from this drain|
|Adelaide||Adelaide Darkie||Adelaide's classic|
|Adelaide||Zorga's Tomb||Zorga's fiund|
|Adelaide||Saint Peter's Twins||Twin tunnels|
|Adelaide||Eli's Tomb||In the country, this drain is shaped in natural rocks.|
|Melbourne||The 10th||Huge cavity. This drain was the tenth found below Melbourne|
|Melbourne||The Great Stairway||A long stairway with mini waterfalls.|
|Melbourne||ANZAC||THE meeting place under Melbourne|
|Melbourne||The Maze||Complex and large drain|
|Melbourne||The Slide||Slippy slopes!|
|Melbourne||G.O.D.||Great Oversized Darkie!|
Thanks to my Cave Clan underground guides from Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide: Doug, Curly, Eli, Al, Rogue, Drac... Big big thanks to you guys and... Go In Drains ! ! !
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Im interested in checking out the drainage tunnels in Canberra, does anyone know of any good spots, or wants to come down with me - email email@example.com. I've heard theres some beautys undernesth black mountain
... could not help to ask: why oh why is that individual barefoot walking inside these tunnels? major yuck... I love to see the product of urban exploration but do it safely!!! and do not disturb the scene - first rule of exploring. Do NOT tag.
I used to work at Billboards nightclub and remember a guy telling me he went through the tunnel telling me how fightening it was. It may be possible theres an access within the club (downstairs) or very close by.
Click the CONTACT link on www.caveclan.org
There seems to be a lack of information on tunnels beneath Canberra. Is there a certain website anyone knows of that would have more information? Thanks
Hello I'm 12 and I love exploring places I live in Melbourne and I love drains do you know where drains are near me (near Greensborough) thank you
I am 23 year old professional sound engineer and recently I have been exploring the rooftops of melbourne cbd.
I have taken all the safety advice and relevant tips that are relevant to this type of exploration.
I was wondering if there is anyone who can email me through some exploration tips or place to explore!!
I am ultra keen on underground networks and amazing adventures!
@Leslie RE the update to get the 1995 list of drians in melbourne is
**Cunningham P: Just south of Cunningham Pier, Corio Bay 228A H-1** My great grandfather built this tunnel under the building used to drained hot water from the power station to the bay.
**Geelong : Look W from Shannon Ave Bridge over Barwon R, SW bank 227 F-8** built in 1960's it was a creek replaced stormwater drain to prevent flashflood affected low lying area in the valley.... you wouldve seen an old aerial photo taken 1930 shown a creek as a boundary between Belmont and Highton.
Hello, i worked on the Spencer St, Southern Cross Station redevelopment project, during our works we came across some rather large tunnels, large enough for horse drawn carriages, one ran to the old Melb jail, used to transport prisoners to the old Spencer St station, the other ran to the treasury building and was used to transport gold bullion to the Station as well, i believe there is a tunnel connecting the mint to the Treasury building, unfortunately we were not allowed to enter them, we also came across some huge safes used to store the Gold and money from the mint.
Fell free to contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm interested to explore these drains. I'm also interested to find ways to get top of the buildings here in Melbourne, whether legally or the less official way
the update to get the 1995 list of drians in melbourne is
Richard, I have a friend and I who are very keen t go down with photography gear. Keen to join us? We are also looking for the underground under the CBD and would be very thankful for any additional information you may have/if any
In front of my house I have access to huge drains - sewer & storm water. Rung ladders, the works. If you want to use them as access, let me know via e-mail - but I want to have a look!
My name is Stephen and Im a low budget short film maker. This is an amazing site. I'm making a short film at the moment that takes the piss out of advertising and I'm trying to find a road with a drain in the gutter that is deep enough for my actor to stand or crouch down in. Ideally it would be a street in the melbourne CBD but a suburban street would work as well. As I mentioned I dont have much of a budget but I can certainly buy a carton of beer for anyone who can recommend a drain that works out as a location.
Hi. What is the name of the drain at the end of Penrose Street, Box Hill, below the Bowater-Scott factory? I used to play there when I was little. Thanks. Belinda
Thought you folks might also enjoy this list of waterside industrial locations in Melbourne.
Hey there, Just happened across this site today and am keen to ask for advice/assistance. I am a photography student who is very keen to visit some interesting sites in Melbourne - drains, abandoned buildings etc to explore and photograph. If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it!!
Had a good look around and love the collection of exploration pics.
Just putting out a link to our new Urban Exploration Group Australia forums: www.uega.net
Feel free to come and visit us.
Stay safe, keep exploring.
Anyone got addresses or directions to these Melbourne locations? My email is email@example.com, if it doesn't link up in the post.
Hey guys, Seems there are a handful of people around Sydney, ..but no medium to touch base? - Anyone know any friendly and open/active groups? I shot the Sydney Cave Clan an email but I just thought I'd try my luck out here too
Get me at: joshc_123 (at)hotmail(dot)com
Is anyone still exploring regularly in Sydney? I heard about a group exploring the tunnels under Sydney city from a mate and now the idea has taken seed in my head - would love to connect with it all.
Does anyone know where you can enter "Drainstation" in Sydney? Ta :3
was wondering if you know where another entrance to the underground tunnels are in Geelong?
there is an entrance through the old Geelong gaol but you cannot walk very far. Im after the tunnels where originally they were used to transport prisoners.
iv seen urbex photographers in the tunnels, but they wont reveal where they enter from!
Good day sirs and madamz.
I'm looking for interesting locations to explore, buildings, warehouses, tunnels etc. Preferably in SW sydney if any knows any places?
why do people pay out on the Clan? great bunch of people, great fun to hang out with...
funny how people who say CC are shit etc probs never have had any contact with the clan. GFPMD.
You know, if you say cave clan backwards, it sounds like "worship Satan" and if you say that backwards it says "goblin princess". Coincidence, I think not. I vote we all come together and magic the fuck out of the clan. MAGIC HAPPENS !!!
More like FUCK! Cave Clan! Then do the running. There are no unexplored drains in melbourne (maybe some 5ft or less concrete bullshit in new estates), a few sewers possibly, so unless you wanna jump into a raging fecal torrent and visit weribee your balls outa luck
That's a great name, but it could be confused with Frankston City Council, Fractal's Cave Clan, or... things like that.
Eh? The Cave Clan rocks mate! If you got beef with the CC, odds are you're an elitist wanker. That's my hypothesis anyway...
pffft, 'Urban Explorer'? More like 'Bowel Burglar'! Get over it...
I know of a new set of drains in melbourne that haven't been explored yet. Not saying where tho, that way I can name it FCC. (fuck cave clan)
I'm from Adelaide, and am trying to set up a small cell of drainers along with myself. I've been draining before with some friends but am more interested in doing it a bit with a more organised group. I also explored ruins and such, just as any other person stricken with wanderlust would do.
My question is, does anyone know where I can find me some maps or plans of the underground drain pipes? I'd much rather go in with some idea on some of the pipe's direction. I've already located a few of these spots and actually marked them down.
Email me at Kniaz@live.com if you have anything, thanks!
Somewhat following up from the debate, I wonder if the Sydney branch is dead, or on a long hiatus until a determined group from a later generation picks it up. Have not had a follow up since an expo in October, and even that was the first expo in several months.
I suppose most of the original organisers are GenX and have understandably mostly moved on with their lives, and its apparent that most of the best destinations have been demolished or locked up, meaning not much in Sydney anymore to sustain enough interest...
Subject: No flyzone
Anyone know anyone that was on the Noflyzone BBS? used to have some of the bunker boys on there and maybe a couple of clanners, looking to catch up with the guys off there.
I am so happy to see this site up again! I was almost brought to tears when both sites where pulled down afew months back. Long live urbanavdenture.org!
im from adelaide i want to explore theses tunnels but i cant find them please i need to know some one tell me
I didn't have the time to look yesterday - but I kind of thought I had been helpful to SgtDan so I had a look at my post that I made to him on UER (below).
Maybe he's getting me mixed up?
I'm not that silly that I can't see that SgtDan isn't fishing for some flaming (he loves chucking in his anti-Clan line - it's obvious there's more to it), but I suppose the point is that there has been a hundred SgtDan's aprove on the scene.
I reply to the SgtDan's depsite others pleading for them to be ignored... probably because I'm a co-founder of the Clan and probably because it's a hobby.
I really don't need to stick up for the Clan nowadays because so many known explorers around the world have had good experiences with the Clan that it speaks for itself. Maybe SgtDan wants to be another rebel. Good luck to him.
Slyv, please feel free to delete my posts from here as it's a bit rude to hijack your comments section.
Posted by SeargentDan in reply to a message from Hatsumi.
That's okay mate. I was getting fed up with waiting anyway. I'm sure there are others in Sydney that explore things. I really don't have an issue with who I explore. But I do have an issue with waiting ages for a reply, and then replies like this.
You guys come across a bit over rated.
Posted by Dougo in reply to above
You could try URBX (PM Stud69) as I think they had something like 50 Sydney members that explore nearly each and every day and night of the week.
Panic's site is back up and has a forums (urbanadventure.org) that will soon be bigger than UER! He really seems to have got it all happening this time.
They are the main two that I can think of that would suit you right down to the ground... or under it for that matter... ho ho ho, hilarious
Sorry Dan, I wasn't replying to you.
I bother because I care
The same way that people can say whatever they like about drains, the Cave Clan or whatever, I can also give information that many people don't know about from a different angle (most people in the Clan agree with you and ignore online crap).
Would it be too obvious for me to ask you the same question... why bother (replying to my post)?
If you don't care who explores, then why bother posting big replies here to protect the Cave Clan reputation? Why bother? It's all Internet shit anyway. The typing of so many fools, just piss in the wind. Who cares what we do in the drains? Who cares what you do in the drains? If you don't care, then don't reply. But seriously, I've seen only a few posts from you, and they're all replies to people like me who want to be independant saying stuff like we can;t do that and the Cave Clan is better. It does not lend to your reputation mate. It just makes ou come across as a control freak.
Who gives a shit who is better? We're all just doing our own little thing and getting out and having fun. This is not a pissing contest.
Tim says... "The Cave Clan are not the original drain explorers.. Hundreds (if not thousands) of others have done so before them..."
And? What's your point or are you just stating the obvious? There were dudes exploring under Paris before Australia had even been settled by the Poms.
Cave Clan were the first group to move beyond it's local area, to statewide, to national, to international, but we were no way the first. Ha, we even collected information about old groups in Australia such as The Drainiacs and Alf Saddlier plus the many dozens of groups that used to hang out around their local drains.
Timmy also says... "Urb ex/draining is for everyone, don't get caught up in their petty wanna be elitist crap"
I think you are making an incorrect presumption there Tim - We don't care who explores drains - we just care who explores within the Clan. We also try and protect the locations we explore for as long as possible. It's a fact that has been proven hundreds of times (and thousands around the world) that once a good secret topside location gets "discovered" that it quickly gets ruined (Melb Power Station was abandoned for more than 10 years before it was "discovered" - it took a few years until graffers, vandals and junkie squatters (and some explorers)ruined the place.
It's easy to sit back and pay out on the Clan (especially when you can hide behind the Internet , but unless you're in the situation where there are 100s of people exploring in your group it's hard to compare the difference to just checking out drains with a few friends.
Nice site by the way Slyv, let me know if you ever plan on coming back - I have a few more good places for you since you were last here
Yes, it is I, Panic, and my horde of imaginary friends. I have come to give you and your imaginary friends a hard time. Ahh, but that would make me and us iaginary enemies wouldn't it. Beware drain legends for Panic and his imaginary friends will make you Panic in the drains.
Hahaha, good stuff. Panic is back with his group of imaginary friends to save the day.
Things will be more fun now.
Go down drains!
It's the middle of winter so no new explorers expos are being held at the moment.
Regardless, the Cave Clan is just a bunch of people with lives and obligations, we don't sit around all day waiting for emails to come in. You'll get an email eventually, maybe, with an attitude like that you might just been thrown on the 'not worth it' pile.
I highly recommend everyone with an interest in exploring consider joining the Clan, you get to see and do some amazing things, but patience is a virtue, if you wait it out, weeks, maybe even months, you WILL get the chance to come along to something.
I googled some old drains names and found an old 1995 drain location sheet from the Cave Clan. www.starbacks.ca/Baja/2019/location.html
Well Beanz sure the Cave Clan may be the legends of the underground, but they can't answer their email for shit. My girl friend and I plus my mate have been trying to get in touch with the Sydney branch for over a month. We got a half hearted reply then nothing. Pull your finger out! We'd rather explore with experienced people so we don't end up trapped in Lurline Bay but really, you guys are effing hopeless. A MONTH and you're too slack to reply to three additional emails.
i mean get with the groove, go with the younger generation. Maybe you guys are all too old and grey to keep up with the needs of a newer generation of drain explorers. I geuss what I'm trying to say is, we don't need you any more, and you are no longer the legends you claim to be. Either be legends and step up to the plate, or be the bogus you come across as and treat new people like shit like you have been doing.
This page tells how to locate and find drains www.urbex.org
i was wondering if someone would be able to give me exact directions on where or how to get to the entrance of one of these tunnels? please email me if you know c: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cave Clan are not the original drain explorers.. Hundreds (if not thousands) of others have done so before them..
Urb ex/draining is for everyone, don't get caught up in their petty wanna be elitist crap
Does anyone know locations in Melbourne? Any details are greatly appreciated.
Hi guys. where abouts is the entrance to the drainstation in sydney?
yeah, true that...
having said that, cave clan are much better than us, so go with them
Before you run off with random loons from the internet and join their crappy groups, take a minute to learn more about the true original legends of draining and exploring in Australia, the Cave Clan...
have been to Hercules pillars, is there anything in Gobbledox?
is there a abandoned part of NSST in willoughby?
I dont think its a smart idea to give out exact information on drain locations. I do know of the drains that are mentioned below and found them on my own. But anybody under 18 who reads this is now going to know as well. As for urbanadventure.org it is an excellent site when it was readily available, I've just signed up so I can access it again, cause I thought it was gone for good.
i found this very intresting area that youd might wanna look at. its this huge basin right next to a pumping station and there a whole heap of drains there its madd as and i can send you photos of it
Ahh, so that's why I am getting so many sign ups from this site. Yep, indeed UrbanAdventurte.org has LOTS of photos from drains. And yes it also does have a Google Earth file of drains all over Australia. But the site is not just for any air head who would wander down a drain and get themselves drowned. Urban Exploraation is dangerous folks. I've compiled a small Google Earh file showing the names dates and locations where Urban Explorers have died and I have 15 already. Don't think it can't happen to you. Always check the weather forcast before going into drains. Never trust wooden, rusted, or burnt floors in buildings. Always treat wires like they are live. ALWAYS tell a RESPONSIBLE person where you are going, when you expect to be back, and when to send an emergency team to search. If you change your plans, let tthat person know.
I'm not saying don't have an adventure, but there are risks, and you need to know about them. Do your research.
I only just discovered this website when a friend told me about the drains.
I'm a photography student, and really interested in the different drain locations + how to go about getting inside.
I'm from Bentleigh, and wondering where some of the easiest access areas to the drains are.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Lol, you might want to wait for the weather to clear up a bit more before heading down there.
The caveclan website is down. How can I get in contact with this group? I really really want to start exploring the storm drains in Melbourne
just a quick one
anyone know the drain near doncaster park and ride?
if not, you do now!!!!
need help getting to The Maze, ANZAC and The Great Stairway
I used to frequent the urbanadventure web site. It is still around but you have to sign up to be a member. See www.urbanadventure.org.
They have lots of drain pictures, maps and best of all, an up to date Google Earth file of drains and tunnels all around the world.
yeh man i have heaps of fotos of camberwell. here you are www.flickr.com
has anyone got any pics of the camberwell drains?
im interseted in meeting up and going exploring in Melb sometime
any one from brisbane looking to go exploring sometime soon? newbie looking to get out and about and get started, meet people ect?
hey i went into the maze today and enterd the small red brick drain that devides off from the open part, is there anything of note in that drain if i were to go deeper( i got up to the blustone chamer area) also how far do you maze to go to get to the waterfall?
alex is gay lol
Hey does anyone know any websites or librarys with blueprints to the entire drain network underneath Melbourne?
Hey firey, im from Adelaide and looking for some peeps to go exploring with, both because i could use a partner and i dont really know where to go either, let me know if ya interested on email@example.com
hi i actually live like 50m away from sloths drain's at the cornel street side, and apparently the drain labeled great stairwell is actually sloths. how far do you have to go to get to the stairs.
does anyody know where the great stairway leads too? some frineds and i yesterday walked through it, entering behind dennisons dry cleaners on camberwell road, and walked up the stairs, does anybody know where it ends and comes out? and how long it takes to walk the whole thing, if anybody has actually done it, and is there any exits along the way without having to go back the whole way? every ladder we climbed lead to a concreted down cap that was impossible to push up
Yes St Peters Twins has a guest book like Adelaide Darkie.
The Adelaide guestbook is in the Adelaide Darkie... i didn't see one in the St. Peter's Twins >.>
hi folks, is the adelaide guest book still there in St Peter's twins?
visiting in Feb 09, I'd love to be able to add to it!
today some friends and i went exploring to the great stairway which is very close to my house, we got to the bit where you end up under the pond in the park, and you can either go left or right, we chose right and walked for a ages,but didnt see the stairs, where we supposed to go left or just walk longer?
to get to the camberwell drains you can take the 75 tram and then get off at the stop where you see fordham park and a toyota shop,
its behind the toyota shop
To contact Cave Clan go to their site (link in further up this page) and check out the contact page for details of your local area.
anyone know how to become part of cave clan and would liek to know locations of these drains not just the names
Me and my mate ar planning to go for our first exploration in the birk... just wondering if there are any brisbane people out there?
By the looks of it, the photo displayed isn't Great Stairway, but the smaller stairway in Sloth's drain. Which is part of the same system, just further around the corner along the creek.
There's four really quality drains in Camberwell, you just have to find them.
I was wondering if anyone knew of any accessable entrances to the Adelaide Darkie?
The Cave Clan of Melbourne closely guards the locations of these drains. Requiring your own adventuring spirit to get you there, or by having a tour with them. Look up Cave clan in the Google Earth Community and you will see what I mean about gaurding locations.
I would love to get to these locations, as I believe that with the right lighting and cameras, I could get some amazing work done.
However I am a little intimidated by the "Cave Clan" as they haven't seemed to embrace the internets as much as I would have thought. And from the stories I have read recently, it has heavy ties to squatters, which just freaks me out.
yeah locations maps would be appreciated
Can you post links to the location of these drains on google maps
Hey bro.. I dont mean to be a shit, but that photo labeled "The great stairway"
It looks a hell of a lot like the entrance to GOD.
The stairs in great stairway are much larger and not set in a RCP.
Just thought I'd let you know..
Try to get in touch with the Melbourne Cave Clan?
Hi i was reading this article and found it quite interesting, could any readers or explorers please point me in the direction of where these underground tunnels are, where exactly under melbourne they are, i really need to know, coz me and a couple of mates are thinking of doing some explorations here..., i have some pictures of werribee since thats in the west of melbourne towards of geelong, email me if u want them, thanx in advance for any help.