Women in Espionage Walking Tour: Secrets in the Capital

Walk into Canberra's hidden world of spies, double agents and covert operations!

2 hours Experience size 1 to 20 (public dates), 10 to 30

label $30 - $50 (or 4 payments of $7.50 - $12.50 Afterpay)
($30 per Child (5–15), $50 per Adult)

Uncover a side of Canberra that few encounter---a hidden world of spies, double agents and covert operations.

Walk in the footsteps of the women who were both spies and were spied on and explore the secrets hidden in plain sight on unassuming suburban streets. Hear the unbelievable (recently unclassified) stories of female secret agents and spy catchers.

On this tour, you'll visit infamous pubs, abandoned embassies, and homes under constant surveillance. Explore spots where secrets were whispered, and betrayal lurked around every corner. You'll even be asked to put on your spy hat and learn some of the techniques operatives during the Cold War used around Canberra.

This tour is for anyone who loves a good spy story or wants to experience the thrill of espionage. So, don't miss your chance to uncover the secrets of Canberra's spy world.

Book your tour today and join us on an adventure you'll never forget!

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.

National Archives of Australia, Kings Avenue, Parkes ACT

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She Shapes History
She Shapes History

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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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