The Spies of Canberra

A 2hr walk through Canberra's hidden spy history

Bronze Statue of Robert Menzies; Bronze Ceiling Canberra; Statue Equality Canberra; HERSTORY Australia
Meeting + Finishing Point: The National Press Club
Distance: 3km (Wheelchair & Pram Accessible)
Group Size: Up to 20
Duration: 2.5 Hours
The Ladies Rose Garden, Old Parliament House, Canberra, Australia
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Discover the scandals and affairs kept out of the history books

Enjoy a twilight stroll through Canberra's scenic Inner-South. Discover the pivotal role women in Canberra played during the Cold War.

Uncover the humble origins of ASIO and the lives of female spies and spy catchers through curated (and unclassified) real-life stories.

We'll visit famous pubs, abandoned embassies and homes which were under constant surveillance.

Along the way, you'll be asked to put on your spy hat and consider the role of surveillance in an operative's daily life.

Small Group Walking Tour Canberra, Australia
Canberra Tour Itinerary, Parliamentary Triangle Route, Canberra Travel Itinerary
At Federation Fountain, you will hear the remarkable tale of a mother’s journey to the Front.

At the High Court of Australia and Reconciliation Place, you’ll be captivated by the stories of women who fought for Indigenous sovereignty, rights and recognition.

At the end of the tour, you will return to the Ladies Rose Garden with a transformed view of Canberra and our nation’s history.

You’ll leave knowing the stories of twelve unlikely Australian women who shaped our nation and continue to shape our lives today. Join local guides, Sita and Ripley, on this fully outdoor COVID-safe experience.

You will leave with your very own She Shapes History tote bag. Inside, you will find an eco-friendly water bottle, a limited edition badge and more!
Limited Edition
Tote Bag
This original set of eight recipes is designed and developed by our creative team. You will receive a series of unique postcards detailing the techniques women have used to shape history.
Eight Original Postcards
This tour has a maximum of 16 guests, allowing us to keep the tour intimate, friendly and COVID-safe.
Guaranteed Small Group
If you’re a nerd like us, you will want to chase up and explore the stories we share. We have made sure each postcard includes a QR code that directly links to the sources behind the story.
Resources for Further Learning
At the end of the tour, we'll stop for a drink at a Canberra institution and a meeting site between spies and their handlers during the Cold War!
A Drink
You will be guided through the National Triangle 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.
Professional & Passionate Guides

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