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.
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 ! ! !
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.
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