Fitzroy True Crime Walking Tour - Melbourne

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    01:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
  • Return Details :
    182 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Join us on a 2 hour walking tour as we explore the streets of Fitzroy's old crime district and get to know the colourful characters who lived in Melbourne's old crime district100 years ago. The Fitzroy True Crime Walking Tour is constructed and deliveredby writer and historian Michael Shelfordand utilisesthe original police files from the era 1890-1920's.Former brothels, gangland killings, house bombing, safe cracking and shootouts with cops and are just a few of the subjects featured on the tour.
Each tour member receives a free booklet which contains photos of the characters discussed along the way.
Fitzroy is located on the fringe of Melbourne's CBD and is easily accessible by regular trams to and from the City.

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The tour group meets at the historicWorkers Clubwhich is situated at the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude Streets in 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.
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 and the places where criminals such as 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 theWorkers Clubwhere the the beer is cold and the food is good. The Workers Club has happy hour 4-7pm Tues - Fri.
Thursday twilight tours start at 6pm,
Friday afternoon tours start at 2pm
Saturday and Sunday tours start at 1pm.
All tours meet at the Workers Club Hotel in Fitzroy and go for 2 hours.
Fitzroy is located just 2 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District and is well serviced by regular trams too and from the City. Trams 11 and 86 stop outside The Workers Club Hotelwhere Melbourne Historical Crime Tours start and finish. Fitzroy is famous for its nightlife, street art and cuisine.


A tour booklet featuring photos of the characters discussed along the way.


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Guides required to regularly wash hands

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Sep-2022

    Michael was friendly and highly knowledgeable. The tour was an easy walk and extremely interesting! I highly recommend and look forward to doing Michael's other tour!

  • 12-Sep-2022

    very informative and a great tour. Michael has done a lot of research and shed a lot of light on Fitzroys criminal & gangster past. Highly reccomended

  • 04-Sep-2022

    An excellent informative tour of Fitzroy, a warts and all coverage of the good the bad and the ugly. I would definitely recommend this tour to fans of historical crime. A lovely way to spend an afternoon in beautiful downtown Fitzroy.

  • 30-May-2022

    What a great tour, very informative, and Michael was well versed in all things of that era and of the characters, will certainly be joining Michael on his Melbourne tour as well.

  • 18-Apr-2022

    Such a wonderful tour with the ultimate tour guide. Michaels knowledge of the gangsters and crime families of ‘old’ Fitzroy is incomparable. If it happened, he knows about it! There’s such a lot of criminal history in a relatively small area. It’s an easy distance to walk, with lots of the original buildings of brothels and criminals homes still standing. Michael doesn’t just give the facts, he tells stories. His enthusiasm makes you want to know more. In fact we finished this tour and immediately booked the Gangsters, Brothels & Lollyshops tour!

  • 20-Mar-2022

    We did the Fitzroy True Crime Walking tour today with Michael. We are locals and had previously done his Gangsters, Brothels and Lolly shops tour and really enjoyed that so was keen on doing this one. Once again Michael was excellent. We could have talked to him for hours. What he doesn't know about the history of this chapter of Melbourne's life probably isn't worth knowing. He was very generous with his time and the tour was great value for money. Highly recommend his tours to both locals and tourists alike.

  • 13-Mar-2022

    Michael has so much knowledge about Melbourne's historic underworld and he imparts it in a way that is clear and easy to follow. This was our 2nd tour within 8 days with Melbourne Historical Crime Tours. Highly recommend the evening Gangsters, Brothels and Lolly Shops. We are spreading the word to all our friends. Thank you so much Michael!

  • 06-Feb-2022

    Great tour - Michael is very knowledgeable - it gives a very good sense of life at the time, and a slice of Melbourne's history of which I wasn't aware. Well worth it. Great eateries around the walk so easy to do before/after a meal / drink.

  • 17-Jan-2022

    Michael is a great tour guide and really knows and understands his subject matter. This is the second tour that we have done with him and we cannot recommend them highly enough.

  • 10-Jan-2022

    It was wonderful to discover things about the old houses, laneways and colourful identities of Fitzroy's past. We thought we knew the area a bit, but Michael's thourough and informative commentary opened our eyes to what the area used to be like. A most enjoyable afternoon.

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