Travel Diary: I love abandoned places

I am sure I have touched on this in a previous post somewhere down the line, but I love seeing areas that were once walked, walked no more. I understand some of these places may have been abandoned for very sad or destructive reasons such as a shipwreck, radiation or war. Often these places become very empty very fast. I am filled with wonder and endless questions when such a place is brought to my attention.

Whilst I was in the Blue Mountains a week ago, I found a few examples of a time left behind. Some were recent walkways that were closed off for repairs.

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Others were much older, such as this mine that was closed back in the early 1900’s. By 1933, the Katoomba Colliery focused on tourism after the winding down and eventual death of the coal mine. It isn’t just the mine that is no longer functioning, the button you can see here to provide audio information is also not working.

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On my walk I stumbled upon what looks like a shale bucket rusting just off the elevated walkway through the rain-forest. It seems to have stayed where it was last used, or maybe in this case, where it landed.

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The website Info Blue Mountains gives a little insight as to why it is here:

Locating kerosene shale at Ruined Castle, he (John Britty North) registered “Katoomba Coal & Shale Co. Ltd” in 1885. German engineers were hired to construct an aerial ropeway. Known as the “Flying Fox”, it ran from the Ruined Castle, across the Jamison Valley, to the engine bank (near the upper terminus of the Scenic Railway). It collapsed after only a six months, the wreckage is still strewn across the valley.  The company soon went into liquidation.

This may have been in the exact spot it landed in after collapse. Pretty damn cool.

In my post linked here, you can find the new Scenic Railway that occupies the previous coal train that eventually was used for the increasing number of tourists, now the worlds steepest railway. From the top, what appears to be a roller coaster track can be seen.

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Again, Info Blue Mountains sheds light on the Orphan Rocker Roller Coaster, set to be the ‘World Scariest Roller Coaster’. It has never been completed, with many of the theories as to why found on the website linked. What an amazing setting for a coaster this would be and who knows, maybe one day people will ride this.

So there we have it, an amazing destination with a history that isn’t hidden, although different to what it is today. If you have seen this place yourself or know of somewhere else in Australia or elsewhere that has become a victim to time, do let me know!

They’re onto me…

One thing I kept freaking out about before moving to Australia was changing my address details everywhere that needed it. How many places did I need to change them? My bank, my phone contract, my dentist… I knew I would forget at least one or two and it’s pretty impossible to remember everywhere you provide them.

Ah of course, the student loans people. 


Sometimes it can be hard to get hold of companies and businesses. Understandable I guess, there will be millions of people using the same services. But if you want to ensure that you will be able to contact them, not paying is a great way.

Not that I want to promote criminal activity, this was an honest mistake. My philosophy is that if I spend too much time thinking of how to save money, I am not devoting enough time on how to make money. This is where the creativity comes in. The ideas and ways to positively engage with a wider audience. I would much rather pay for the services I use legally and find ways to earn a great enough living so that the costs seem minimal. Some people save so much that the day never comes that they lived to enjoy it, that freaks me out a little. I am not one to spend, spend, spend, it’s all about a positive balance and having a treat once in a while.

Spend but don’t be conned, save but not for too long.

A different approach  

A man takes a photo of the Harbour Bridge towering over neighbouring buildings at The Rocks, Sydney.

Sometimes life requires a new angle. A new perspective on things. Even if it seems a step back, new horizons can bring all sorts of changes. 

This is an accurate representation of my new life in Australia. It was a step back in employment for the work visa however this step back has provided me all kinds of new experiences. New people, new foods, new places, new stories. Does everyone that opts to stay on the same level get to experience everything they want to? Probably not.

Don’t be afraid to step back. I wouldn’t even call it stepping back. More a valuable detour.