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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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Sydney Urban Adventures
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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Reviewed 4 days ago
Crimes and Passion Walking tour

Kathryn was a great guide, 4 of us altogether, all Sydneysiders and from start to finish she kept us entertained and intrigued, it was obvious she loved the area, captivating us with her knowledge of the history and her own passion for the crime of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Enjoy locations you wouldn't know exist

This was our second tour with John. He is energetic and knowledgeable. We had a very interesting tour with John. Our family enjoyed seeing hidden artwork/ photography (not literally hidden) but had it not been for John we would never have even known existed. If...More

Thank Judith G
SUASydney, Manager at Sydney Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Judith G Thanks for taking the time to write your review. You had the Best.Day.Ever. Even though Sydney is just 230 years young, there is plenty to share and discover. And you found the right mix. Hopefully, we will see you again at Intrepid...More

Reviewed 14 July 2018
Great insight into the underbelly of Kings Cross

John was a great guide, full of interesting tidbits and very engaging. He made the seedy but colourful history of the neighbourhood come alive!More

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SUASydney, General Manager at Sydney Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Hi G'Day M Thanks for your review. And taking the time to tell others about your experience. It is really useful for others to decide whether to choose Sydney Urban Adventures. John will be very pleased that he was able to deliver your Best.Day.Ever. Thank...More

Reviewed 14 June 2018
Very informative Tour

Raphael was a very good guide - told us about all the "history" of this unique area of Sydney. There were only 4 of us and he still gave us his full attention and took us to all the significant areas of Kings Cross! We...More

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SUASydney, General Manager at Sydney Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Hi golfbride Thank you for your kind words. And taking the time to write your review. Your acknowledgement of providing the Best.Day.Ever. to you is very satisfying. Thank you again. And by the way... If you do visit Sydney again, make sure that you take...More

Reviewed 24 May 2018
Very informative and enjoyable

A great two or so hours walking around with our guide Kathryn. She seemed like a KX personality herself! She showed us so many things we would never have spotted and the tour flowed really well. Highly recommend and great value for money.More

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SUASydney, General Manager at Sydney Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Hi stephenkR3809PU Thank you for your great review. And taking the time to write your review. It shows you really enjoyed your experience. Awesome. And by the way... If you do visit Sydney again, make sure that you take advantage of another tour. Or tell...More

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