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.

$41.18
Concession $35.90

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.

Where to meet?

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.

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 please email the time and date of the current tour and the time and date of the tour requested

Be Prepared

Your date and time is on your ticket. Meet under the Coca-Cola sign at the 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 and a hat, block out and bring water.

Who can attend?

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an 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)

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 gangster's weapon of choice was a cutthroat razor.

Walk Itinerary

1

Under Coca-Cola Sign

2

Kings Cross

3

Blood Alley

4

The Nevada

5

Kellett Street

6

The Piccolo Bar

7

The Venus Room

8

The Butler Stairs

9

William Street

10

50:50 Club

11

Entrance to Razorhurst

12

Brothel Lane

13

Palmer Lane

14

Tilly's house

15

The Tradesman’s Arms

16

Nellie's House

17

Kate's house

18

Barnett Lane

19

Strand Hotel

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!
Kyla Ward
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.
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.
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
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.