Razorhurst True Crime

Murder Crime Sex Passion


"Tilly Devine & Kate Leigh rule the underworld.
The Razor Gang Wars erupt"

Under the Coke Sign

We start the tour under the world famous Kings Cross Coke Sign

2 Kilometers 2 Hours 14 People Difficulty: Moderate

Sydney’s history is engraved in its streets – a history of blood, sex and sadism, corruption and cocaine, booze and betrayal. The scars linger in local nicknames – “blood alley”, “the doors”; in the quirks of buildings that were once notorious bars and brothels, and sometimes in the personal experience of our guides. Pacing out old gang territory and the paths taken by murderers and victims brings these crimes to life, as you gain a perspective on the lives and times of those involved impossible in any other way.

Razorhurst True Crime Tour

You'll walk a 2-hour guided tour of Razorhurst, which covers the historic areas of Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and East Sydney. We meet under the Coca Cola sign at top of William Street Kings Cross. Tour ends at Strand Hotel corner William and Crown Streets East Sydney. Locations & Tales
You'll stop to view Blood Alley, where the first major battle occurred; Kellett Street where the second major gang battle occurred; see the lane where Guido Calletti was murdered; Phil Jeffs 50:50 Club, the hub of illegal gambling, cocaine and prostitution; the lanes of East Sydney, where Tilly's brothels were located; Tilly's house, the HQ of prostitution; the Tradesmen's Arms, where Tilly's gang drank and conspired; the Strand Hotel where Frank Green shot and killed Barney Dalton and wounded Snow Queen Kate Leigh's boyfriend Wally Tomlinson. This area was referred to as RAZORHURST because in 1929, due to gun laws, the gangsters weapon of choice was a cut throat razor. Be Prepared
Your date and time is on your ticket. Meet under Coca Cola sign top of William Street Kings Cross. The walk is around 2 km, we begin in Kings Cross and end in East Sydney. Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, block out and bring water. Who can attend:
Children under 16 must be accompanied by adult. No pets . Places To Eat & Drink
Love Tilly Devine Crown Lane (one block west), Strand Hotel corner William & Crown, Lord Roberts Hotel corner Stanley and Riley Streets (two blocks west). Or walk up the hill to explore scores of great places in Potts Point. The Roosevelt is a wonderful bar and restaurant. Was once Abe Saffron's H/Q (aka Mr Sin). Also The Rex, House, Franca, Rustica, et al, Georgios, Bloom (casual café food), Dear Sainte Èloise, Matisse, Busshari and lots more. One of Sydney's best dining districts. Ask me if you want something in particular (I've lived here 30 years)

Weather policy

If the weather is bad or looking bad we'll advise cancellation two hours or more prior to your start time. Refunds will be issued and you can rebook.

Cancelation or Transfer

To cancel your tour and receive a ticket price refund, please advise up to 48 hours prior to your tour time. To transfer email time and date of current tour and time and date of tour requested

Tour Guides

kathryn bendall

Kathryn Bendall

Tour Guide
A Sydney , comedian, historian and experienced tour guide. As five starred Trip Advisor guide her one purpose is to ensure you have lots of “ I didn’t know that” moments!
Jo Henwood

Jo Henwood

Tour Guide
Accredited Tour Guide, Storyteller, Education Officer, museum theatre creative, and workshop facilitator. Jo is qualified in cultural heritage, librarianship, museum studies, tour guiding, and gifted education.

Chris Miller

Tour Guide
Chris is a remarkable actor and voice over artist. You may know him as Lennie Lawson or Simmo or Big Jim Devine in past seasons of DEADHOUSE Tales of Sydney Morgue.
Philip McDonald

Philip McDonald

Tour Guide
Philip is a walking historian. His family has been native to Sydney since 1812. Thousands of people have enjoyed his tours of Sydney’s dark past.

Kyla Ward

Tour Guide
An author and actor, Kyla is also an experienced host and researcher. You may know her as your Guide to DEADHOUSE: Tales of Sydney Morgue.

Concession $35.90

Walk Itinerary

Under Coca-Cola Sign
82-94 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point.
Kings Cross
No. 1 Kings Cross Road.
Blood Alley
Ward Avenue and Bayswater Road
The Nevada
24 Bayswater Road
Kellett Street
Kellett Street and Kellett Way
The Piccolo Bar
6 Roslyn Street, Potts Point
The Venus Room
6 – 8 Orwell Street, Potts Point
The Butler Stairs
Brougham Street
South of the Butler Stairs, Woolloomooloo
William Street
50:50 Club
The Chard Building, 171 – 175 William Streett
Entrance to Razorhurst
O’Brien Lane Reserve’ 231 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst
Brothel Lane
Palmer Lane East Sydney
Palmer Lane
Tilly's house
191 Palmer Street East Sydney
191 Palmer Street
The Tradesman’s Arms
East Village Hotel, 234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
Nellie's House
286 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
Kate's house
98 Riley Street East Sydney
Barnett Lane
Strand Hotel
Corner Crown & Williams Streets
Have a Question?

Feel free to reach out and we're happy to answer any questions you may have.

Private Tours

If you have a group of 8-14, we can schedule a private tour and provide a discount.

The Coke Sign

This is the hour of the Razorhurst tour. Our meeting place, the SW entrance to the Kings Cross Centre. Water, hats and sunscreen are recommended. They may be purchased from the Amcal pharmacy or from Coles. The nearest rest rooms are downstairs in the Kings Cross Hotel. The coke sign above the pharmacy is not the original (installed in 1974) but a facsimile dating from 2016.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Our guides are fully vaccinated. Vaccination and masks are not required by law, so use at your own discretion. Refer to details of our COVID-19 Safety Plan lodged with NSW Government.

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