Spies in the Capital: Women in Espionage

$50

Cost

2 PM–4 PM

Saturdays & Sundays

Up to 20 People

Capacity

$50

Cost

2 PM–4 PM

Saturdays & Sundays

Up to 20 People

Capacity

Uncover a side of Australia's capital city that few encounter – a hidden world of spies, double agents, and covert operations. Walk in the footsteps of extraordinary women who were both spies and spied upon. On this tour, we'll retrace their steps from ASIO's first office to Canberra's longest-running pub. Explore secrets hidden in plain sight on unassuming suburban streets. Visit infamous pubs, abandoned embassies, and schools and homes that were under constant surveillance.

This entertaining tour playfully explores the early days of espionage in Canberra, poking fun at both the spies and their unsuspecting subjects. While our tour is well-researched and rich in historical stories, we approach Canberra's spy history with a light-hearted touch. This tour isn't for those seeking a two-hour lecture on Canberra's history.


We believe in bringing history to life, which includes sharing a few jokes and questioning some interesting decisions from the past. For instance, did you know ASIO has files on over half a million Australians? As you'll discover, not everyone watched by ASIO was a threat to the state! Some were simply mums involved in the women's liberation movement, dropping their kids off at school.


Our tour is suitable for individuals, friends, families, or even as a unique date idea. Everyone is welcome. And if you don't have an ASIO file before the tour, you might just end up with one after!


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What folks are saying

  • TheSecondSmiths
    Review on TripAdvisor

    Really enjoyed this tour. A nice pace to wander the Canberra streets, really knowledgeable and approachable guide (Sita) and fascinating information to learn. The size of the group was about 15-20 people. I've lived in Canberra more than 20 years but still learned so many new things. I plan to take visitors along with me next time. Ended at the Kingo pub, so you can plan to finish with a relaxing drink.

  • erinF
    Review on Google

    How else do you really know a place until you understand it's people? I am chalking up my She Shapes History tours and can recommend both Women's History (Badass Women of Cbr) and Spies in the Capital tours. Interesting, informative and fun tours of our nations capital including stories about accidental heroines, excess meat pies and sexy pollies. And before you know it the 2hrs are up! The guides are also lovely and happy to answer cbr questions for out of towners (good restaurants? Where to go next?) to make the most of our nation's capital. Can't wait for my next one.

  • kathy n
    Review on TripAdvisor

    Loved the topic and the easy walk through the streets to our final destination. You got a real sense of how the cold war was as far reaching as Australia. Very informed and engaging guide.

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