LGBTQIA History Walking Tour

Get your facts straight and your history gay on this 2-hour walking tour of Canberra's Inner-North!

2 hours Experience size 1 to 16 (public dates), 8 to 30

label $50 (or 4 payments of $12.50 Afterpay)

It's time for Canberra's secrets to come out of the closet.

This walking tour around Canberra's Inner-North will visit historic sites where revolutions began, romances were sparked, and history was shaped. From the car parks where lesbians met under cover of darkness to the tennis court that became a key social hub for gay men, Australia's capital city is bustling with queer history. Uncover the stories of queer activists and the major political and social movements that have shaped the LGBTQIA+ community in Canberra.

This walking tour is a celebration of the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of our city. So, get your facts straight & your history queer on this LGBTQIA+ history tour. She Shapes History is a queer-owned and led business. All our LGBTQIA+ History Tours will be led by a queer guide.

NOTE: To inquire about booking a private tour, please shoot us a message :-)

Knowledge required
You don’t need to have a historical background to enjoy our tours, though we find people interested in history tend to love this tour. Our guides share stories without historical lingo, and questions are always encouraged.
What you'll get
2-Hour Guided Tour
What to bring
A curious mind, walking shoes and an umbrella if it looks like it's going to rain!

Glebe Park Gandhi Statue, Canberra ACT

LGBTQIA History Walking Tour location
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We're on a mission to make Australian women's history accessible, entertaining, and engaging through walking tours, social media and one-off events.

She Shapes History started with a simple question – "Where are the women in the history of Australia?"

Bushrangers, convicts, diggers, blokes and battlers are often seen as the main characters of Australian history. In the story of our nation, women have frequently been cast as minor characters. Countless stories have been lost, left unrecorded, undervalued, and untold. As a society, it's so easy to forget that women were behind many of the moments that shaped Australia.

We believe that by recovering the remarkable stories of the women who shaped history, we can challenge our perception of women today. Closing the respect gap in Australian politics and culture today requires that we recognise and re-imagine what Australian women, particularly First Nations women, queer women, women of colour and women with disabilities, have achieved in the past.

While there are many ways to learn more about our history, there is nothing quite like a walking tour. Walking tours offer a unique opportunity to share history in an inclusive, accessible and non-judgmental context.

We use walking tours to highlight the diverse and often forgotten women behind the moments that shaped Australia. We want all Australians, no matter their race, gender or sexuality, to be able to see themselves in Canberra's landscape, in Australian history, and the story of our nation.

So, where are the women in the story of Australia? Well, as you'll discover on our tours, everywhere.

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