Slated to be the biggest and most efficient solar photo-voltaic power station in the world, somehow this Solar Power Station in Victoria became abandoned. The mirrors painted over, gates shut and forgotten about.
Built in the 1950’s in the center of one of the largest towns in the state, the Civic Hall seated 1,500. It hosted numerous well known Australian bands and even the Royals in the 1970’s.
The locals are trying hard to get the Civic Hall Revitalized, but for now, it’s unused.
We arrived late and set up camp inside one of the dressing rooms and went to sleep.
Waking up early we took our time exploring the Civic Hall in the daylight. After we’d taken our photos and made the curtains go up and down until we got bored, we headed out, through the air vent we’d climbed in through.
What we didn’t expect however, was that there would be a farmers market using the car park of the Civic Hall, or that we’d climb out and into a stand selling potatoes…
12 hour underground jaunt in over 40Km of huge abandoned mine works? Sure, why not. In fact, why don’t we just drive in?
This mine produced limestone, but limestone that could take a shine. Like a cheap version of marble. Countless monuments and many notable buildings are made of products mined from this site. Later years saw the facility extracting stone, and processed underground in an a unique underground plant.
Now it sits quietly in the country side, two giant doors in the side of a mountain, concealing the largest adit we’ve ever seen.