True Crime Walking Tour


Molly Dooker
Molly Dooker
Did Elliot's tour on Sunday, it was fabulous. He is super interesting and his passion was palpable. We will definitely do another tour with him. Thanks Elliot for your generosity of knowledge and time.
Vince Bagusauskas
Vince Bagusauskas
You know the enthusiasm that the tour operator has when he goes half an hour beyond his tour end time and has a beer with you at the end
maureen jones
maureen jones
A great tour. Elliott was very passionate aboutSurry Hills and it’s history and architecture. His presentation was easy to hear as he projected his voice ver well. His knowledge of the area is extensive.
Tayyah Pegg
Tayyah Pegg
What a wonderful idea this is! I went on the tour with Elliot today and it was fantastic! Elliot is a very captivating storyteller and also super knowledgeable on Sydney's crime history. The whole tour flew by and I was sad when it was over. It was like experiencing a living history book, complete with standing in the actual locations. I will book the Darlinghurst one next! Definitely go on this tour, you won't regret it! P.s. Elliot, please do more tours!
Michael Drew
Michael Drew
I undertook this tour today and can highly recommend it. The tour guide has an extensive knowledge of the crimes he describes and a passion for the local history of Surry Hills. I am a Sydney local but he took me into nooks and crannies that I didn't know existed. I'm glad he did! Do this tour.
Helen Doran
Helen Doran
Excellent way to spend a Sunday morning. Elliot really holds your interest and you learn so much about the area and the history
breda osullivan
breda osullivan
We enjoyed the Surry Hills tour so much we did the Darlinghurst tour today. What a beautiful sunny walk with Elliot who is a great story teller & so passionate about Sydney history. 10/10 for both tours.
Sandra Russo
Sandra Russo
Excellent tour! Loved hearing about all the lesser known crimes as well as walking the streets. Elliot was a great guide and we can't wait to do the Surry Hills Tour!
Amanda McElhinney
Amanda McElhinney
Really enjoyed this walking tour. Elliott was an engaging and knowledgeable host. It was great to go to areas we wouldn’t have gone to on our own, as well as to hear the relevant history and stories . We will definitely attend the Surry Hills tour in future, based on our experience with this one. Thanks so much Elliott!
Lisa Codemo
Lisa Codemo
Murders Most Foul Surry Hills tour with guide Elliot was most captivating. I was thoroughly engaged the whole tour with the enthralling commentary Elliot provided. My favourite tale from the tour was the suspicious cold case murder of Francis Charles Kennedy, and the inconsistent witness reports and dealings from Cocaine Queen May Smith. I highly recommended this tour for anyone with an interest in true crime, Australia's past, or to simply explore the city of Sydney from a new perspective. It definitely left me wanting to know more.

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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