Container Ships

The supercoasters were built in the late 80’s through to the early 90’s, and multi-purpose dry cargo vessels, capable of transporting over 260 shipping containers at a time,

After colliding with a bulk carrier in Anchorage, she sustained damage from shifting cargo during heavy seas between Durban and Singapore. She was was repaired in South Africa before suffering another engine failure during a storm in the Norwegian sea, the owners decided to cut their losses and that became her last trip.

After the storm Rubin was laid up in an abandoned in the corner of an old industrial port for a couple of years before fading away under tow to a breakers yard.

After a disgusting swim through the oil containing skirt, we climbed up the mooring lines and inside…

Nooting Hill

Soon to be Melbourne’s next big housing estate, for a brief period Lilydale Quarry was the world’s largest macro-mini-golf course.

The history of the quarry is quite fascinating too, it’s the reason Puffing Billy was built (to collect wood to feed the limestone kilns), it’s the reason Lilydale has a train station (to get the lumber to the Quary), and a large number of Melbourne’s iconic limestone buildings, from the Supreme Court to Fed Square are made from materials removed from the Cave Hill site.

Giant limestone bunkers, conveyors, drivable dump trucks, caves, a gaping hole to drive golf balls into, secret tunnels, and a layout about as well planned out as Rollercoaster Tycoon world; a giant playground was left behind.

 

 

Augustus Gloop

Once the hub of power generation for South Australia, the towering stack of Northern Power Station, and the multiple stacks of Playford B made up the Port Augusta Power Station complex.

Playford B Power Station was mothballed in 2012. Built in the 1960’s when a productive workplace had 6 chimneys that all billowed out smoke, just to show how much work you were getting done.

Northern Power station was shut down in early 2016, due to falling power prices.

We were if anything too eager to see the old girls up close before they were gone. It would have been wise to wait until the staff had left, but enjoy the pictures!

Yellow Chip Road

Historically¬†Australia’s wood was produced locally, grown in forests, logged and then sent to sawmills that would turn it into the wood products used around the country.

A downturn in local wood production led to this Sawmill РOne of the largest in the state Рshutting down a decade ago.

Untouched by nothing but nature, and with a fence that only covered half the property, the old sawmill was a pristine wonderland.