Surry Hills True Crime Walking Tour (2 hours)

From AUD $44.00
  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Surry Hills, NSW
  • Product code: SHTC2h

A True Crime Discovery Walk

On this not-so-typical walking tour, you will meander through dark alleys and winding lanes, exploring the dark history of Sydney’s Surry Hills. You will investigate the ghastly crime scenes of historical murders committed between 1820 and 1930. They took place in the old terraces, back lanes, and iconic street corners. You will stand at the exact spot where the bodies were found and wander around the old detectives' crime scene.

Some of the once sensational crime scenes to be revealled are: 

  • The Sophia Street Mystery

  • The Crown Street Horror

  • The Golden Fleece Riot

Why Surry Hills?

Before the cool cafes and trendy bars began to appear, this inner-city suburb was known for its slums, sly grog, illegal gambling, prostitution, the drug trade and murder. The area was developed between 1840 and 1890 and the architecture has remained for the most part unchanged. Very few places in Sydney are so rich with history and heritage. 

What to expect on the tour.  

  • Investigate a cold-case murder from the 1920s using actual crime scene evidence and new insights. You will walk away feeling pretty confident that you have identified the actual killer who got away with murder.

  • Be introduced to the long-forgotten third queen of Sydney's underworld. She rivalled Kate Leigh for control of Surry Hills, poisoned many of Tilly Devine's sex workers, and was considered too extreme for the Underbelly tv series.

  • Observe Sydney's most incredible colonial architecture

  • And much more.

The Case Files 

Your tour ticket price includes a complimentary copy of the Murders Most Foul: Surry Hills case files e-book. This book contains actual police evidence, crime scene photography, witness reports, newspaper articles and coroner’s reports for each case. With the help of your guide, you will use the evidence to piece together clues and reconstruct old crime scenes. Best of all, you get to take it home as a souvenir.


Ye old hotel

The tour ends near the 140 year old Dove & Olive Hotel on Devonshire street. Stay for lunch or catch the light rail back to Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay or Randwick.