- Visit landmarks built by convicts such as the Old Windmill and Commissariat Store
- Hear real-life tales of murder, mystery, betrayal and crime
- Explore the brutal convict roots of Brisbane
- Hear stories about key crime figures such as Patrick Mayne and Captain Logan
Welcome to Brisbane’s underbelly.
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. This young, brilliant, and sadistic commandant of the Moreton Bay penal colony is said to have been killed by Aboriginal Australians who were angry over him entering their lands. Rumour has it that escaped convicts buried him alive — bashed and head first, to face the gates of hell where they felt he belonged.
We'll 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. Get an insider's perspective of the Fitzgerald Inquiry and the illegal casinos, brothels, and police corruption it sought to put an end to.
And you thought Brisbane was just surf and sunshine…
- Local english-speaking guide
- Food and beverages (available for purchase)
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Tips/gratuities for your guide.
Child Policy: Travellers under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
Closure: If the Brisbane Arcade is closed, the story shall be told in front of the building.
If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.