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Fitzroy True Crime Walking Tour

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Attend a 2 hour walking tour which explores the streets and alleys of Fitzroy's old crime district and get to know the colorful characters who lived in these quarters 100 years ago. Each tour member receives a free booklet.


  • Discover Melbourne's dark criminal past as you explore the historical streets of old Fitzroy
  • Learn about Australia's version of bootlegging and speakeasies: the illegal sly grog industry
  • See the buildings which were brothels, sly grog shops and dens of thieves 100 years ago
  • Explore the streets and back alleys where gangland shootings and brawls took place in the early 1900s
  • Receive a free 'Mugs Gallery' booklet containing photos of the characters featured on the tour


The tour group meets at the historic Workers Club which is situated at the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude Streets in Melbourne's inner-suburb of Fitzroy (formerly Rob Roy Hotel). We start in the front bar with an introduction and then head out to explore the streets and alleys where Melbourne's most notorious citizens of ill fame lived and plied their trade 100 years ago. Melbourne Historical Crime Tours are based on the original police files from 100 years ago. You will receive a booklet containing photographs of the people featured on the tour so that you can put a face to their adventures. Along the way you will discover former brothels, gangland murder sites, sly grog shops (speakeasies) and the places where criminals such as the famous 'Squizzy' Taylor drank, fought, got hitched and faced trial. You will get to know what it was like to struggle for survival in 'Melbourne's home of criminals' - old Fitzroy. The tour winds its way back to the Workers Club where the the beer is cold and the food is good. The Workers Club has happy hour 4-7pm Tues - Fri.


Free tour booklet made up of photos of the criminals featured on the tour

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