ON THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: Uncover the notorious secrets, stories & scandals of Kings Cross (Sydney's historic red-light strip) with a passionate & professional guide. Once a bourgeois neighbourhood boasting harbour-side mansions & Victorian villas, this bustling pocket of Sydney was transformed by bohemia, entertainment & modernist architecture during the roaring 1920's Jazz Age. Amidst the sparkling lights of its inter-war years, The Cross also became riddled with backstreet bordellos, sly-grog stores, razor-wielding gangs, crime-lords (and ladies), murders, mysteries & martinis. By the 1960s, the streets teamed with revellers visiting its red-light strip of neon fantasies, nightclubs & local eccentrics — dubbed in the media as 'Sin City'. Crime and corruption continued as new heavyweights such as The Boss of The Cross took the reigns, and by 1975 the neighbourhood was embroiled in one of Sydney's most scandalous cold-case murder mysteries. This tour will bring to life the local personalities & visiting Rock-Stars of the golden years, reveal the glamorous (and often quirky) Art Deco street-scapes of Potts Point, and delve into Kings Cross's controversial history of lust, luxuriance & long-nights out!
Hi I'm Max, co-founder of Journey Walks (narrative walking tours of Sydney) and a local history buff with a passion for great storytelling. With 10 years guiding experience across Sydney, Barcelona & Amsterdam — backed by a Masters in Heritage Studies and extensive research into the stories & secrets of this city, I offer my guests a unique tour experience that's full of imagery, detail & fresh energy! After the success of my original History Tour (Sydney's Convict Colony) on Airbnb Experiences, I now offer this new & exciting exploration into another infamous & interesting area of Sydney.
Enjoy a refreshing glass of local Beer, Cider, Wine or Soft drink in the historic heart of The Cross with your guide after…
The old red-light strip of downtown Kings Cross. Deluxe Art Deco Apartment Blocks. Bohemian haunts & hangouts. Extravagant mansions & 19th C. Terraces. 1930s Hollywood style venues. Australia's first night-club & its underworld boss. Hidden gardens & outstanding views of the city/bridge. The Yellow House art factory. Hotel rooms of The Beatles & Stones. American 'Go-Go' bars. 1960s drag-show venues. Razor Gang street battle locations. Iconic Pubs
Comfortable shoes, water bottles and sun / rain protection are always well advised on outdoor walking tours. We will be on mainly flat ground with minimal stairs and cover approx 2.5 km in a circuit.