True Crime Walking Tour


Sue Artlett
Sue Artlett
I highly recommend this walking tour. Elliot’s vast historical knowledge and entertaining narration really helps you imagine the lifestyle of characters from the past in the streets and hidden laneways across Surry Hills. He was easily able to answer questions from the group on the go. A most entertaining day!
Elisabetta De Simone
Elisabetta De Simone
Elliot went far and beyond with this tour. I went to the 3-hours walking tour and It definitely exceeded my expectations.
Louise Weihart
Louise Weihart
Awesome tour covering history, architecture and true crime - and a good outdoor walk (very gentle) too. Elliot is also a master storyteller and for the total duration of the tour I literally felt I was in another universe. I was so engrossed I forgot to take photos hence the limited offering! Can't wait for the next tour - with lots of photo-taking 🙂
Catherine Ryan
Catherine Ryan
Highly recommend this 2hr sojourn of Surry Hills precinct for tourists and locals! Learnt so much of Sydney's dark history from Elliot, as he weaved fact and drama into every event. Never reading from a script, Elliot has such a breadth of knowledge on the inner workings of the Surry Hills of old!
Kim Archibald
Kim Archibald
Fabulous tour with Elliot today. He was very knowledgeable about the Surry Hills area and the stories that he recounted. I love history and I learnt a lot about this area of Sydney. He very kindly took us a little off the tour route to show us a place of interest that we had mentioned during the tour. We would highly recommend doing this tour. Great value! Thank you Elliot 🙂
Matthew Prestipino
Matthew Prestipino
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Elliot was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the history and crime of Surry Hills, and that energy kept me engaged the whole way through. Would definitely recommend to others.
Rich Phillips
Rich Phillips
A fun and informative tour, our guide Elliot was very knowledgeable and passionate, and everyone had a great time. Thanks Elliot
Dianne Lo
Dianne Lo
Had a great tour with Elliot yesterday. He knows his stuff! Really interesting period of Sydney's history that I had no idea about. A lovely way to spend a Sunday!
Cherie Holmes
Cherie Holmes
What a wonderful day. Elliott has certainly done his research well. He led us on an interesting and informative walk through Surrey Hills. We would recommend this tour most highly. David & Cherie Livotto
Lindy M
Lindy M
The best historic walking tour I have been on, and I have been on many. Elliot very personable, knowledgeable, and interested in what he is talking about. Lots of variety in stories - social, economic and architectural history of area, as well as crime details - I never got bored

History, Mystery and Murder

Step into the shoes of a 19th-century detective and discover the crime scenes of five violent murders which took place in Sydney’s Surry Hills.

You will receive copies of actual police evidence, crime scene photography and witness reports from the investigations so you can compare the past with the present. You might even solve a cold-case murder mystery.

Your guide will reveal to you the exact locations where each tragedy occurred and some of these well known iconic locations will shock you!

The Five Forgotten Murders of Surry Hills

Did you know Surry Hills was once considered Australia’s murder capital? So notorious it was said to rival New York’s Hells Kitchen and London’s White Chapel in its depravity.

Five Surry Hills murders will be revealed to you, each shocked the nation.

These include…

  • Murder of the Woolloomolloo Rose,
  • The Sophia Street Tragedy,
  • Mary O’Hara and the Crown Street Horror.

Just a few of the horrors that were hidden from the public, until now.

Booking Your Tour

Operating days

DAY TOURS: Thu to Sat at 11 am

NIGHT TOURS: Thu at 7:00 pm

**For the Friday Night Murders & Beer Tour

**Looking for the 3-hour adventure? click here.

Where to meet

Central Railway Station – Exit 4 (Elizabeth St)


$35 – Price includes a copy of the

Murders Most Foul Casefile ebook

( ebook RRP is $19.99 on Amazon)

NSW Discover vouchers accepted

Use promo code: NSWDISCOVER


90 minutes


Less than 2kms or 2,600 steps with small hills.

End Point

Shakespeare Hotel on Devonshire Street opposite

Devonshire Street light-rail stop.

Catch the light-rail to Central and Circular Quay

You can also expect to

  • Learn about the history of Surry Hills.
  • Walk down some of the most beautiful and iconic streets in Sydney and discover interesting historical events and secrets.
  • See some of the most amazing Victorian and Edwardian architecture in Sydney, including one of the oldest houses in Australia.

Casefiles eBook

Your tour ticket comes with a complimentary copy of the Murders Most Foul: The Surry Hills Case Files ebook. The book contains the actual police evidence, crime scene photography, witness reports, newspaper articles and coroner’s reports for each case. As well as bonus information about the victims and perpetrators.

You will use the old photographs and maps to piece together the clues and try to determine the exact spot where the crime was committed or to reconstruct the events and potentially solve a cold-case mystery.

The book sells on Amazon for $19.99. However, with our exclusive tour offer, you will receive it free with your ticket.

Start and Finish Info

Catch a train to Central Railway Station or light rail to Central Chalmers Street.

Meet at Central Station Exit No.4 Elizabeth Street (Opposite Foveaux Street Woolworths).

The tour ends at the Shakespeare Hotel on the corner of Devonshire Street and Steel Street. Positioned opposite the Devonshire Street light-rail stop where you can catch a ride to Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, Randwick and China Town.

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