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Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops

Melbourne Historical Crime Tours

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Take a walk through downtown Melbourne and learn of an era in which there was much more on offer at the local confectionery store than just lollies and soft drinks. Explore Melbourne’s underworld c.1870’s to 1930’s, an era in which Melbourne’s downtown slum district, ‘Little Lon’, was mostly run by women. Learn about the battle for supremacy, madams who stood their ground against well-known gangsters such as Squizzy Taylor, and an all-female crime syndicate known as ‘The Combine’. Stop outside buildings which were once brothels and sly grog shops (speak easies), and hear the stories of what occurred within their walls and on the streets and laneways around them.

Shootings, bombings, bashings, brothels, robberies, opium, cocaine and sly grog (speak easies).

The tour is designed and delivered by writer and historian, Michael Shelford.

About This Deal

The tour group meets at the corner of Lonsdale Street and Madame Brussels Lane, which is located next to 38-40 Lonsdale St, City. From there we head off to explore the streets and laneways which were the home of crime, prostitution and vice 100 years ago.

The tour finishes several blocks down the hill at the corner of Lonsdale and Russell Street, Melbourne CBD.

The start and finish points are a short walk from Parliament Railway Station (Bourke Street exit), and are close to Melbourne's many tram stops.

The starting point is straight across the road from Secure Parking, a multilevel parking station at 59 Lonsdale Street.

There are Public toilets located a little way down Lonsdale Street, in the centre parking strip at the corner of Lonsdale and Exhibition Streets.

See you at the Madame Brussels Lane street sign, near 38-40 Lonsdale Street.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • A tour booklet featuring photos of the characters discussed along the way.

  • Please bring along your own food and drinks.

Departure Point
282 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Departure Time
4:30 PM

2 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Melbourne Historical Crime Tours in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

Need To Know

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here.