Convicts and Crime Tour of Brisbane - 2 Hours


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  • Learn about Brisbane's shady history
  • Hear about key figures such as Captain Logan
  • Discover Brisbane's real life stories of murder and betrayal!

Explore the history of Brisbane through the lens of crime and vice, from Captain Logan's punishing treadmill to the corruption of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. A team of historians and archaeologists will bring to life stories of floggings, murders, riots, and good old-fashioned depravity.

Why You'll Love This

What's Included?

  • Historical walking tour through Brisbane

Before Melbourne existed, Brisbane had been conceived for the key purpose of receiving the convict rejects of Sydney--the 'worst of the worst'. Your Brisbane tour will walk you through the city's penal roots and dive into the more sinister history of the Sunshine State. You'll navigate laneways and squares and major 'hidden' sites covering two centuries of Brisbane's criminal history. Along your Brisbane walking tour, you'll discover who the notorious Captain Patrick Logan was.

You will navigate the archaeological and architectural remains of the harshest penal outpost known in Australia and the relics left behind, from the old Windmill and the Commissariat Store to roadways and embankments. You'll take a trip back in time to the Brisbane of the earliest encampment and the nascent city that grew surrounding the commandant's cottage, military barracks, and the subsequent Frog's Hollow, which housed the capital's brothels and gambling dens for over a century.

Find out where the early city farming plots were and learn about the initial 'first contacts' with Aboriginal people--which soon turned brutal as the foreign concepts of empire and colony led to natives being pushed from their lands, harsh punishments, and murderous altercations. See where the public gallows and women's prison stood, and hear the story of Dundalli, seen by many as an Aboriginal resistance figure, and by the then-authorities as a cold killer. Hear the story of Brisbane's infamous Mayne family and where the original butcher shop of Patrick Mayne is located as we take in the secrets of the Brisbane Arcade.

On the Day

Session Length

  • This experience is available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Tours begin at 7PM. Please note we don't arrange this tour in the morning & afternoon time
  • Booking time will be confirmed by the experience provider
  • Please allow 2 hours for this experience

Numbers on the Day

This experience runs with a maximum of 12 people


  • In the event of rain or inclement weather, your experience will go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider
  • If your experience is cancelled, you will be rescheduled by the experience provider

Dress Code

  • Please wear comfortable footwear for walking
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat are recommended

Other Info

Note from experience provider: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point!

... and Importantly


  • Travellers under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:


  • Over 2 weeks prior to the experience date: No charge
  • 48 hours up to 2 weeks prior to the experience: No charge
  • Within 48 hours of the experience date, No Shows and Late Arrivals: Participants forfeit their experience and therefore are not entitled to a refund or to re-book. Participants are advised to make their own insurance provisions in case of unforeseen circumstances