Spooks, Spies & Sparrows
Inner-South Walking Tour

Discover the women behind the scandals, mishaps and affairs kept out of the history books.

Enjoy a twilight stroll through Canberra's scenic Inner-South. Uncover the pivotal role women in Canberra played during the Cold War. Uncover the humble origins of ASIO, the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia and hear the unbelievable (recently unclassified) stories of female secret agents and spy catchers. We'll visit infamous pubs, abandoned embassies and homes which were under constant surveillance. Along the way, you'll be asked to put on your spy hat and learn some techniques operatives during the Cold War used around Canberra.

$40 for kids 4-12
2 PM–5 PM
Saturday & Sunday
3 Hours
Tour Duration

➪ Discover what really happened in Canberra during the Cold War.

➪ Meet your guides outside the National Press Club for a briefing on Canberra's spy scene.

➪ Reenact spy techniques at Telopea Park.

➪ Learn about the scandal that rocked the nation and the woman at the heart of it.

➪ Grab a drink at a pub known for being a frequent hangout for Canberra secret agents.

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If you would like to make a booking for a larger group or for a time that isn't listed, send us an email at hello@sheshapeshistory.com.au.

More about this tour
You will be guided through the Inner-South by locals with a great sense of humour, a genuine passion for Canberra, and lots of fun facts to share. All our guides are trained in first aid and have received their COVID-19 vaccines. This tour has a maximum of 20 guests, allowing us to keep the tour intimate, friendly and COVID-safe. Your guide will capitate you with extraordinary, exciting, and surprising stories about the remarkable folks who have built this city. This fun, interactive and informative tour introduces you to a different side of Canberra's most iconic monuments, sites, and cultural institutions.

PLEASE NOTE: The tour may not go ahead if the minimum number of guests (4) is not met. In that case, we will contact you about rescheduling or refunding your ticket price.


Can men come on this tour?

Yes! This tour is for everyone and we welcome men on our tour.

Do I need to know much about Australian history to enjoy this tour?

You don’t need to have a historical background to enjoy our tours, though we find people who have an interest in history tend to love this tour. Our guides narrate without historical lingo, and questions are always encouraged.

How much walking is there?

This tour covers just under 3km in 3 hours. There are opportunities to sit and catch the shade here and there along the route. Participants will be asked to traverse some uneven sidewalks. There are no stairs on this route.

What about the weather?

Our tours (like the show) must go on! We run tours rain or shine. Bring your umbrella, grab your poncho and get ready to have fun. We’ve never let a little rain stop us. And if you don't have an umbrella – don't worry, we always carry a few spares. Please wear clothes that are warm and dry if rain is forecasted. In extreme weather conditions, we may need to cancel the tour when safety is a concern. If weather creates a safety concern, either before or during the experience, we may either cancel or reschedule the experience/tour. If this happens, you will be fully refunded.

What is the refunds and rescheduling policy?

We understand that sometimes bookings need to change. Your booking with She Shapes History is flexible and secure – we know first-hand how important flexibility is to planning a stress-free holiday. We charge zero fees for eligible cancellations and offer unlimited free changes to your booking. We want you to have a great experience, and will always do our best to reschedule you for another tour or provide options wherever possible. For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start. You can reschedule the date or time of your experience (or add guests) within 24 hours of booking, and up to 72 hours before the experience is scheduled to start. If you reschedule an experience, the cancellation policy is based on the original purchase time and original start date of the experience.

What if I'm running late?

Our tours depart at the scheduled tour start time. If you show up late or don't show up at all, we won't be able to offer a refund. For most tours, it is not logistically possible to join the group after it has started.


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