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Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Step back in time and explore downtown Melbourne’s gangster past. Discover buildings along Lonsdale Street that were once brothels and speakeasies from the 1870s to the 1930s. Hear myths and legends about the famous gangsters of the era such as Squizzy Taylor and the slum of ‘Little Lon,’ and how these gangs used lolly shops—candy stores—as fronts for massive drug operations.
  • Take a 2-hour historical walking through Melbourne’s CBD
  • Learn about the gangsters and crime mobs from the 1870s to the 1930s
  • Visit buildings that were once brothels and hubs for crime
  • Hear myths and legends about gangsters such as Squizzy Taylor
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A tour booklet featuring photos of the characters discussed along the way.
Please bring along your own food and drinks.
282 Exhibition St , 282 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

We meet at the Coopers Inn Hotel, 282 Exhibition St, Melbourne CBD. The Coopers has great food, drink, and a friendly Australian pub atmosphere.

4:00 PM
36 Lonsdale St , 36 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

The tour finishes at the corner of Lonsdale Street and Madame Brussels Lane.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Melbourne Historical Crime Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops.
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What is the social distancing policy during Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Melbourne Historical Walking Tour: Crime, Gangsters & Lolly Shops.

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star-5
Captivates the early 1900s underworld of Melbourne beautifully
Helen_T
, May 2022
Michael is passionate about his history . He delivers a exceptional tour . We We’re Left feeling highly satisfied for such a low price !
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Helen. Really glad you enjoyed thetour, thanks, Michael
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A great way to see a...
Warren_D
, May 2022
A great way to see a specific period in Melbourne's history and learn of the dodgy characters that ruled. Our guide Michael was superb in bringing to life the events through his knowledge and passion. The included booklet was also a great addition allowing us to link places and individuals.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you Warren. Really glad you enjoyed the tour, Cheers, Michael
star-5
Fantastic information on...
leannelcondon
, Apr 2022
Fantastic information on a part of the city I knew nothing about. Would recommend this tour to everyone.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed the tour, Cheers, Michael.
star-5
Well worth the time for a great experience.
Elizabeth_G
, Apr 2022
We booked in advance not really knowing what to expect, the morning prior we visited the museum that gave us a little prior knowledge of Little Lon. Michael has a depth of knowledge and no doubt is a leading authority on the history of the area, don't miss it..
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you! Much appreciated, Michael.
star-5
Crime & Gangsters Walking Tour
Tania_S
, Mar 2022
The tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was an easy walking tour and we found many places otherwise hidden. Would recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A walk on the wild side!
Carol_G
, Mar 2022
I learnt a lot about the history of Melbourne and this fascinating story of the darker side of town.
star-5
If you live in Melbourne this will change the way you see Little Lonsdale and Lonsdale streets forever.
Pete_C
, Mar 2021
It’s great having a true enthusiast in the subject matter sharing their passion with you. He brought to life images of a bygone era and was able to link the stories to the few remaining buildings in the area from that era.
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Crime, Gangsters & lolly shops walking tour
Carol_T
, Oct 2019
Great tour and he is very knowledgeable with the history and can give you a great insight into how Melbourne was all those years ago. So glad I did this and would recommend it if you want an insight into the underworld of Melbourne.

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