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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Sydney Crimes and Passions Walking Tour of Kings Cross

Follow your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour that explores Kings Cross, a neighborhood that is considered Australia’s red light capital. Your two-hour walk on the wild side highlights the district’s colorful and sometimes violent history. What began as a glamorous address in the early 1800s transformed into a hardscrabble district rife with prostitution, organized crime, sly-grog shops (illegal alcohol distributors), gangster romances and riots in the 1920s and 1930s. Glimpse into a lesser-known side of Sydney’s on this safe stroll through the past and present of Kings Cross.


  • 2 Hour guided walk of the colorful and iconic Kings Cross
  • Explore the streets of the red light capital of Australia
  • Be dazzled by stories of mysterious disappearances and funny mishaps that have taken place
  • Friendly and informative guide

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Crimes and Passions Walking Tour of Kings Cross

Crimes and Passions Walking Tour of Kings Cross in Sydney

Make your own way to the heart of Kings Cross where you meet your guide in the early evening. Learn about the district’s unsolved mysteries and infamous crimes as your guide shows you a number of places that feature in the neighborhood’s tumultuous history.  

In the early part of the 19th century, elegant mansions were built in the district and it was known as a prestigious locale with great views of Sydney Harbour and the Blue Mountains. By the 1920s and 1930s, the area had turned into an epicenter for violence and vice. Your guide shares stories about the gangs and gang leaders, including several powerful and notorious women, who dominated the neighborhood in that era, which lasted until World War Two.

Long considered a place for artists and alternative lifestyles, this bohemian district continues to evolve in modern times. Hear all about it from your guide as you take in the neighborhood on foot, then retire to a vibrant local bar where you continue to learn about the neighborhood.

Your guide ensures a safe walk around Kings Cross and an engaging look at the past and present of one of Sydney’s most lively districts. 

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was very interesting and presented well! Would highly recommend this walk for anyone else interested

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Worth the Money - Just me and a female Guide Sorry its been a month and I've forgotten her name
Great anyway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Really interesting walk with a great guide who was very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend it, as it will give you a much better understanding of the Kings Cross area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Loved every minute of it. The tour guide Stephen was fantastic, very knowledgeable about the area and the history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our guide Kim took us through the history of the Cross from the early 1800s to policy changes in the last six months that have all helped shape this amazing place. Kim's knowledge was extensive and he told the stories with colour, humour and heart and made this one of the best tours I've been on. The kids aged 12-18 were a bit skeptical but really enjoyed it. Thanks Kim for informing and entertaining us!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This tour is very interesting because it shows a part of the city (the red district) and some infamous stories in a fun yet educational way. Also, shows a lot of interesting and great restaurants.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The tour guide was fantastic, his knowledge of the area extensive and the insight into times gone by was enlightening............we'd recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sydney as a must do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great tour! Fantastic guide. Great insight into the characters, locations and incidents that have made King's Cross infamous!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Very interesting. Great guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

We were the only ones on this tour. We loved it. Tthe guide was wonderful and gave us a complete overview of this area in the 20's and 30's. What a rough time it was too.
I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in the seedy history of Sydney and the occupation which has supported many a town and still does.

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