Fitzroy's Dark History & Hidden Bars

Fitzroy: Slumtown to Hipsterville Tour showcases the best of Melbourne’s oldest and coolest suburb in just three hours: fascinating history, cool bars and historic laneways.

While now the capital of cool, Fitzroy has a dark, criminal past, and a history of prejudice and violence. This rollicking adventure is guaranteed to be more fun than a walking tour, classier than a bar crawl.

Explore the hidden side of Melbourne’s coolest suburb, it’s narrow laneways and hidden corners.

Learn about Fitzroy’s wealthy origins and slide into crime and extreme poverty, the rise of criminal gangs in the 1920s, indigenous history, Spanish roots and much more.

Discover three of Fitzroy’s coolest bars.

You'll also get access to our exclusive online maps of Melbourne's best bars and photos of your tour upon request. AND receive your mystery gift to celebrate your time with us!

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  • What's included :
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Professional guide
    • Mystery Gift
    • Melbourne Bar Map (upon request)
    • Photos of your tour (upon request)
    • Alcoholic Beverages - Three complimentary drinks
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: St Patrick's Cathedral, 1 Cathedral Pl, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia

    The largest and tallest church in Australia, this is where we start our tour with a background on Fitzroy's foundation

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Bionic Ear Lane, Bionic Ear Ln, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia

    Australia may not have invented the bionic ear, but pioneering research done in Fitzroy have brought hearing to people around the world

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

    Fitzroy was the birth place to one of the Australia's holiest people, and our only saint. Let's find out more about this fascinating person.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Charcoal Lane, 136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

    Named after the famous Archie Rose song, we stop here to view some important street art and talk about Fitzroy important connection to the indigenous people of the region

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Marion Lane, Marion Ln, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

    Aka "Dead Man's Lane". Many a gangster's rival has ended up here...

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065 Australia

    In the shadow of the Fitzroy Town Hall, we talk about the man known locally as Australia's Willy Wonka, and the joy he brought building a candy empire in the slums of Fitzroy.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Johnston Street, Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

    Home to the area's Spanish population, we'll show a bunch of fantastic local bars.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Napier Street, Napier St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

    Now let's talk about one of the area's most famous gangsters, and how he built an empire of illegal booze and prostitution from his home in Fitzroy in the 1920s.

    Duration: 5 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    1 Cathedral Pl, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
    Return Detail :
    234 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
    • Dress code is casual!
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Drinking History Tours

Activity ID: V-60067P3

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