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Slums, Slashings & Sly-grog - A History Tour of Surry Hills & Darlinghurst provided by Journey Walks

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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.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Central Station Grand Concourse
    Eddy Ave, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
    Your guide will meet you in the Grand Concourse of Sydney Central Station (the main terminus hall). Look for the large hanging clock in the centre of the Grand Concourse — your guide be located underneath this clock, by the stain glass windows that face the 'Next Departure' screens.
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    Central Railway Station
    Stop: 15 minutes
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    Surry Hills
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 3
    Darlinghurst
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Shady Pines Saloon
    4/256 Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
    This tour finishes with a complimentary drink included at a speak-easy style bar close to the corner of Oxford St and Crown St in Darlinghurst. Surry Hills, Hyde Park & Central Station are all with in walking distance of this location and Oxford Street has bus routes that run to and from the city.
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Departure Point
Central Station Grand Concourse, Eddy Ave, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Shady Pines Saloon, 4/256 Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Inclusions
  • 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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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Mase T wrote a review Nov. 2020
Canberra, Australia11 contributions2 helpful votes
Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and this made the tour fantastic. She took the time to tell stories in detail and answer any questions we had.... didn't feel like we were being rushed.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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KarenECS wrote a review Jan. 2020
St. Paul75 contributions74 helpful votes
Surry Hills is a great place for a walk through Sydney's esarly 20th century history. April is a passionate story teller who has done her research. She designed this tour and she has many historic photos of the people and buildings she includes in the walk--and those people
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Date of experience: January 2020
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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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Great experience
The tour guide was very well informed and reminded me of many things I had forgotten. The tour was well planned, we
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jackiewE7604AS
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Fabulous Experience
I cannot recommend more highly this fabulous experience! Our terrific tour guide D, was passionate, knowledgable an
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Kezzbert
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Wow what a tour and our guide April was amazing.
We did the Surry Hills one with April last week. It was fantastic!! She was excellent, enthusiastic and clearly pas
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Luce31A
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Phenomenal tour!
Phenomenal tour!! These guys are not only super interesting but fun and friendly .. thanks for having us :)
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Lympip
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A wonderful fun experience
Danica was an engaging and enthusiastic guide who brought history alive. They were fun, knowledgeable and inspiring
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sealeg
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If You only Have Time for One Tour, This Is It!
Two friends, an Aussie and an American went on this tour whilst in Sydney in March 2020, (just before covid 19 lock
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ebsc
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Super Tour and Guide
April was our quide and she was exceptional. She has a great educational background which becomes apparent as she r
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874melp
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Amazing amount of knowledge
Max, you are a nerdy rockstar (compliment btw), we were amazed at your amount of knowledge and ability to answer ra
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Nelli216
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Convicts and The Rocks
Max was a very well educated/informed guide with boundless enthusiasm and passion for this subject. As an Aussie wh
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925sharenl
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Excellent
What a day , April the guide was excellent , knowledgeable a joy to listen to all the stories I am from Sydney sur
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JacintaM451
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The highlight of our Sydney visit.
This was our second tour with Journey Walks, the first was the Rocks tour. The tours are well researched, informati
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scottdoyle1
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Excellent
What a fascinating tour. Max delivered thoroughly researched history of this vibrant area. He is passionate and bri
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Sarah C
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Absolutely excellent, bringing history alive
Having found ourselves unexpectedly in Sydney for a few extra days we booked this, SO pleased we did, it was the be
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traydray0205
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A perfect way to learn more about this part of Sydney!
Definitely a worthwhile experience, great storytelling skill from our guide Max, so glad I did this.
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David C
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Wonderful history lesson
Our guide was very knowledgeable, was a historian as promised, had pictures as well as the real sites to help make
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
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