Slums & Guns: True Crime Running Tour

We accept Discover NSW vouchers

We accept Discover NSW vouchers

The Slums & Guns True Crime Running Tour explores Melbourne’s rather colorful past, revealing several spooky stories as runners discover the locations where many of the city’s most infamous crimes took place.
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Distance / Duration
8km / 2 hours
Challenge Factor
Starting At
Federation Square
Finishing At
Federation Squate
Minimum Guests

Discover Melbourne’s dark side on Fit City Tour’s Slums & Guns True Crime Running Tour. On this riveting city tour, runners will learn all about several true crime stories that took place on the pavement beneath their sneakers. Led by your very own Melbourne tour guide, this rather eerie tour has more plot twists than your favorite true crime podcast. 

Our 9km running tour, operating daily at 9am, begins at the city’s cultural hub, Federation Square. This venue for the arts sits on the edge of Melbourne’s central business district, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of restaurants and shops. As we embark on an adventure of mystery and intrigue, we’ll visit the scene of the horrific 1921 Gun Alley Murder and share stories of Melbourne’s most infamous serial killer, Frederick Deeming, better known by the name Jack the Ripper. Along the way, we’ll visit the vibrant Chinatown, settled in the 1850s during the Victorian gold rush, and known for being the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World. 

Your tour guide will continue to illuminate the true crime stories that make up Melbourne’s darker past. Runners will hear the story of early 1900’s crime king, Squizzy Taylor, a prominent gangster with a menacing reputation, as well as the bizarre tale of the Brownout Strangler, an American soldier and serial killer. The tour even explores the ghostly Little Lon and Old Melbourne Gaol. Little Lon, once Melbourne's red light district, is made up of many narrow back alleys and small cottages that once housed the city's brothels. In the nineteenth century, this notorious district was overridden with criminals and prostitutes. The Old Melbourne Gaol, once a prominent jail, offers runners a glimpse into the bluestone building that housed some of history’s most dangerous criminals.

This epic running tour will finish with one last story and a cup of coffee on Degraves Street, Melbourne’s first and most famous laneway, and where one of the characters you'll meet used to spend time and shoot at passersby. We’ll part ways back at Federation Square where our true crime excursion began.

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Private Family tour
2 adults + 3 Children
2 adults + 4 Children
  • Hear about eight real life crime stories that took place on these city streets
  • Learn about Australia's most famous bushranger Ned Kelly
  • Discover the story and ramblings of early underworld figure Squizzy Taylor
  • And many other dubious figures
  • A wonderful tour guide to lead the way and share the stories
  • All digital photography taken during the tour
  • A coffee at one of Melbourne's favourite laneways cafes
  • Please wear suitable running clothes
  • There is nowhere to store bags or luggage on this tour
  • For additional food or additional drinks please bring your wallet

Please wear clothes suitable for this activity including appropriate footwear.
You may like to bring a water bottle, though there are water taps throughout the tour.

We aim to make our tours accessible for each and every guest:
For guests with wheelchairs and prams, we can generally make slight alterations to our tour route.
For guests who are vision-impaired, we can generally provide a guide to assist you.

We many need additional lead time to make these arrangements, so please contact us to discuss your requirements.

This tour starts at Federation Square. Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne. We'll meet near the orange umbrellas outside Time Out Cafe. The nearest station is Flinders Street.

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