Abandoned 1940′s Power Station – Beautiful Decay by the Indian Ocean…and Possibly, a Murder or Two.

Abandoned Power Station Building

Abandoned Fremantle Power Station, Australia. Construction of the spectacular building commenced in January 1946. By the 1980′s, after just 34 years of service, it was left rotting on the coast of the beautiful Indian Ocean. Much of the Power Station internals were designed and manufactured in England, with skilled contractors sent out from England to assemble the plant on site. These days, the only visitors are intrepid urban explorers, talented graffiti artists, and a few curiously brave locals. The seaside location of this abandoned building has lead to some seriously stunning patina. One of the reasons for choosing this buildings location was the ease with which seawater could be utilised for the cooling system. Now, the saltwater spray contained within the daily Indian Ocean winds are speeding up the incredible rate of beautiful decay.  On this abandoned journey adventure, it was myself, Dr Hank Snaffler Jr, accompanied by my trusty colleague, Nurse Jane. We had to be careful on this one, things could get nasty.

There were various tales of unconfirmed murders at the abandoned Power Station. In the dark labyrinth of tunnels beneath the complex, it was not hard to imagine the heinous crimes that could be easily hidden. Genuinely, brutally, this was a spine-tingling place to be. Indeed, there was a feeling of alarm during various traverses of the underground maze.

Much of the complex is rusting and rotting beyond any salvation, and quite dangerous to explore. The four major chimney stacks have been demolished, leaving a huge gaping holes throughout the complex. This allows rain to get in, which is the worst nightmare for any building trying to remain standing. Combined with the seaside location, and the local winds, the future for the abandoned Power Station is very predictable – mother nature has begun it’s relentless reclamation. The daily winds are so reliable and regular in nature, the locals have actually named the breeze the “Fremantle Doctor”. As in, “the Doctor is blowing hard today”. We explored the complex extensively, and it became apparent that in some areas, we were probably taking far too great a risk. The rusting metal overhead walk-ways did not seem stable at all.

Rough on the outside, and yet with warm hearts and good-will, the locals from the port-side town of Fremantle warned of the danger of visiting this site. There were various tales of unconfirmed murders at the abandoned Power Station. In the dark labyrinth of tunnels beneath the complex, it was not hard to imagine the heinous crimes that could be easily hidden. Genuinely, brutally, this was a spine-tingling place to be. Indeed, there was a feeling of alarm during various traverses of the underground maze. Reportedly, the tunnels extend for some distance, indeed, out to the ocean.

Surprisingly, this incredibly isolated area of Australia has proved to hold an amazing wealth of abandoned buildings and urban exploration targets. Local “Heritage Protection” laws are a big reason for this, even though it’s a double edged sword. Buildings have been known to be saved from the wrecking ball, solely due to a chimney of “significant architectural heritage”. However, many of these so called “protected” buildings are just left to rot away over the course of decades, and not actually used for any purpose at all.  The only uses for many of these decaying abandoned buildings are now urban exploration, photography, and artistic endeavours. Coming up soon on www.abandonedjourney.com, will be a few more features from this unique and isolated part of the world.

There was a rather embarrassing tale to be told of my adventures at this location. Let’s just say, Nurse Jane may have a great deal more common sense than myself. The tale was only told on the www.abandonedjourney.com mail list. So, thanks subscribers, I’m counting on you to keep my little secret. For everyone else, what are you waiting for? Sign up, now. It’s at the top right of the page.

PS, enjoy the photos. Did you know, all of the photos can be viewed larger if you click on them?

Information : Abandoned Fremantle Power Station Buildings
Located : close to the portside town of Fremantle, in Western Australia.
Legality : G’day mate! You will be trespassing on Australian Government property, and breaking the law, if you enter this location.

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13 Comments

  • Amazing stuff!!!

  • Thanks Steve! Also, my apologies to anyone who has had difficulty accessing the site, the server is melting down, an upgrade is imminent. We are experiencing significantly higher volumes of traffic than we expected!

    Which of course means, there are a lot of urban exploration fans around the world!

    • Very awesome! Do you have a contact email address? I can’t find one on your site or your Facebook page!

      • Woah! No contact details on here! I will get that sorted very soon.

    • You’ve been “Boing-Boing”-ed. Congrats. : )

  • Man…this stuff never gets any less rad.
    I absolutely love urban exploration, and this is a fine example.
    I live in Australia myself (over the other side), and I just know there’s so much stuff out there…but how to get there…
    Also, if anyone hasn’t seen it, Miru Kim’s TED talk is a fascinating piece of inspiration on the matter (http://blog.ted.com/2009/02/26/making_art_of_n/)

    Thanks again!

  • I live 5 minutes from this place!!

  • Any photos from the tunnels? I’m a Freo local but have never ventured into the station. Would love to see more pics!

    • Hi Kate, I have a couple of photos inside the tunnels. They’re very dark! I also have some more photos of the upper levels, and on the roof of this abandoned building. This will be a part two of this article, some time in the future (soon!). Have you signed up for the mail list so you don’t miss it?

  • Sir, EXCELLENT set o shots! 

    Signed up

    Blessings,

    Le Rev Dr

    • Thanks LRD , checked your blog, nice stuff!

  • I did a couple of fashion shoot for friends there in the 90′s while I was at uni, (I’d post them, but theyre on another continent right now!). One time while we were shooting the guards came by and saw all our expensive equipment set up and just kept on driving… I guess they were used to photographers.

    I also assisted a nude shoot for the Magazine “blue” a few years later, location at my suggestion.

    The pic below is the only digitised copy I have from those visits:

  • I also wanted to add, that if you’re interested in Perth as a photo location then you may want to look at my web site. Being from Perth and having studied photography there, I have a lot of images in and around the city. Not all are urban decay, but the isolation and the emptiness of the place is always apparent. There are only a few left up on the site (to make way for newer work) but there is a lot more on my flickr and picasa pages (links in the ‘links section).

    http://www.paullangmead.comA class mate of mine has also made a career out of abandoned buildings. You can see his work by googling “Juha Tolonen”

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