Fitzroy Walking Tour: Slumtown to Hipsterville

Fitzroy Walking Tour: Slumtown to HipstervilleFitzroy Walking Tour: Slumtown to Hipsterville

Fitzroy: Slumtown to Hipsterville Tour showcases the best of Melbourne's oldest and coolest suburb in just three hours: fascinating history, cool bars and historic laneways.

While now the capital of cool, Fitzroy has a dark, criminal past, and a history of prejudice and violence.

This rollicking adventure is guaranteed to be more fun than a walking tour, classier than a bar crawl.

Explore the hidden side of Melbourne's coolest suburb, it's narrow laneways and hidden corners

Learn about Fitzroy's wealthy origins and slide into crime and extreme poverty, the rise of criminal gangs in the 1920s, indigenous history, Spanish roots and much more.

Discover three of Fitzroy's coolest bars, receiving drinks discounts along the way.

Enjoy a fantastic two-course meal. And we cater for every conceivable food request (yes, even paleo).


Stop At: St Patrick's Cathedral, 1 Cathedral Pl, East Melbourne

The largest and tallest church in Australia, this is where we start our tour with a background on Fitzroy's foundation

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bionic Ear Lane, Bionic Ear Ln, East Melbourne

Australia may not have invented the bionic ear, but pioneering research done in Fitzroy have brought hearing to people around the world

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

Fitzroy was the birth place to one of the Australia's holiest people, and our only saint. Let's find out more about this fascinating person.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Charcoal Lane, 136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Named after the famous Archie Rose song, we stop here to view some important street art and talk about Fitzroy important connection to the indigenous people of the region

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Marion Lane, Marion Ln, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia

Aka "Dead Man's Lane". Many a gangster's rival has ended up here...

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy

In the shadow of the Fitzroy Town Hall, we talk about the man known locally as Australia's Willy Wonka, and the joy he brought building a candy empire in the slums of Fitzroy.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Johnston Street, Johnston St, Fitzroy

Home to the area's Spanish population, we'll show a bunch of fantastic local bars.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Napier Street, Napier St, Fitzroy

Now let's talk about one of the area's most famous gangsters, and how he built an empire of illegal booze and prostitution from his home in Fitzroy in the 1920s.

Duration: 5 minutes

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Departure Point: 1 Cathedral Pl, East Melbourne
Duration: 3 hours
Return Point: 234 Johnston St, Fitzroy

When & Where

Happens: Saturday, Sunday

Times: 4.30 & 6pm



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