You’ll remember us raving about Dark Spectrum not too long ago. The immersive and multi-sensory event was part of Vivid Sydney’s fabulous 2023 program and captivated locals throughout the festival up until this month. And while it had a lot going on for it — from striking lasers and pretty lights to giant robots and pulsating music, perhaps the most compelling aspect of the event was the location itself.
Held away from the crowds and hubbub of Sydney CBD, the event took over Wynyard Station, more specifically its unused and long abandoned tunnels which had so far been hiding behind, would you believe it — a rather plain-looking door next to a Coles supermarket. So why are there secret tunnels under one of Sydney’s busiest train stations?
Secret Tunnels, Wynyard Station
For years Sydney’s Wynard Station has had its own hidden tunnels, unbeknownst to commuters and the general public.
Interestingly, these aren’t the only ones. In fact, there are just as many unused tunnels in Sydney as the ones in use. Among them are The Darling Harbour Railway Tunnel, the oldest railway tunnel to be constructed in NSW, the Old Glenbrook Tunnel which was built back in the 1800s and the old abandoned Helensburgh Tunnel which is now home to a colony of glow worms.
Keen to get a glimpse of these abandoned tunnels? Museums of History NSW does limited annual tours of some of the tunnels but you have to get in fast since they sell out soon. Keep an eye on their website for announcements and get more information about these lost tunnels here.