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Brisbane's Underbelly: Convicts and Crime Walking Tour

Convict crime, lawlessness, murder ... welcome to early Brisbane, followed by ... more crime, lawlessness, murder: Discover our town's dark underbelly. Enjoy a stroll into our fascinating convict heritage, the brutal roots of the city's foundations, and the ongoing crime, criminology and punishment that shaped us

Before Melbourne existed, Brisbane had been conceived for the key purpose of receiving the convict rejects of Sydney, the 'worst of the worst'. Behind the modern facade of Brisbane today, join us for a walk into the penal roots and more sinister history of the capital of the Sunshine State

A brilliant overview of our first settlement roots, key figures like Captain Logan and the infamous Patrick Mayne, onto the Fitzgerald Inquiry, riots and more

See convict built landmarks such as the heritage listed Commissariat Store and the Old Windmill. Tour finish in the heritage listed Treasury Hotel with a nod to our colonial roots

Our lane way adventure includes:

  • 2.5 hour tour with professional guide
  • A fascinating 'walking lecture' styled historical tour of inner city Brisbane you'd never know of: seeing convict built heritage landmarks such as the Old Windmill and the Commissariat Store
  • Brilliant overview of our first settlement roots and our dark penal history onto the Fitzgerald Inquiry and Crime Underbelly
  • See convict built landmarks such as the heritage listed Commissariat Store and the Old Windmill
  • Choose to join us at tour’s end for refreshments in the heritage listed Treasury Hotel - a nod to our colonial roots

Not included:

  • Tour End food and beverages (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pick-up & drop-off

Duration: Approx 2.5 hours

Meeting point: King George Square opposite Brisbane City Hall. Meet the local guide under the TV Screen next to the Pig and Whistle

End point: Brisbane CBD

Departure days: 6.00pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday / 10.00am Saturday

Price: $39 Adult (17 years+), $29 Child (6-16 years) Child under 6 goes free

Please note under ‘special requirements’ when booking if you have a child under 6 coming along

Minimum Numbers of 4 persons are required to run the tour. The tour operator will inform clients of options should the minimum numbers not be met

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Adam Dunn from Australia wrote on 10 May 2015

Brisbaneâ??s Underbelly

The guide knew her history, kept it entertaining and answered EVERY QUESTION on Brissy history we could throw at her. Very impressed.

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Tracey Zimmermann from Australia wrote on 04 May 2015

Convicts and Crime brought to life!

Easy walk around Brisbane listening to historical stories of the life of convicts and crims in Queensland's early history, brought to life with enthusiasm by our guide, it was interesting and informative and also great to have a beer afterwards !

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AB from Australia wrote on 04 May 2015


our guide had a huge knowledge of the history of Brisbane which was great and we were taken to heaps of places we didn't even know were there. I would recommend you are able to tackle stairs and hills in the walk. We had one person in the group that had some difficulty with stairs but our guide organised to meet back up at a later point which i thought was good. i would def do another of these walks

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