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Slums, Slashings & Sly-grog - A History Tour of Surry Hills & Darlinghurst - with unbiased reviews

Slums, Slashings & Sly-grog — A History Tour of Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

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Known as the ‘Chicago of the South’ Sydney in the 1920s and 1930s was famous for its vicious gang rivalry, cocaine addition, and sly-grog scene. From this labyrinth of lanes a mass of criminal empires emerged, ruled by two mob bosses with a difference – these bosses were women. Hailed Queens of the Underworld, Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh, had crawled their way up from obscure origins over the bodies (sometimes literally) of men to become the most powerful women in Sydney, and they were not about to give up that power — especially not to each other. Join us as we explore the lesser known laneways and secrets of Surry Hills, meet the colourful collection of working girls, gangsters and hit men who gave Sydney a bad reputation, finishing with a drink at a speakeasy style bar.
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Departure Point
Central Station Grand Concourse, Eddy Ave, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
2h 30m
Return Details
Shady Pines Saloon, 4/256 Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
  • Enjoy a unique drink at a hidden speak-easy bar after your tour. Their house special is a glass of whisky with freshly squeezed apple juice. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks also available.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
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dalwmark wrote a review Nov. 2019
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We had a great afternoon learning about the dark history of our own city. April, our guide was amazing - her knowledge and style made the trip extra special . Finishing with an Apple Whisky was also a plus. We are planning on going more walks with this company
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Date of experience: November 2019
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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