LGBTQIA+ History of Canberra



3 PM–5 PM


Up to 20 People


It's time for Canberra's secrets to come out of the closet. Led by an extremely passionate local queer guide, this tour takes you to some of the key sites where queer Canberrans shaped history. From the site of the city's first Pride Festival to the first privately (and woman!) owned gay club to the park where gay men used to meet under the cover of darkness, each stop is a chapter in our community's rich queer narrative.

Stand where barriers were broken and rights won. Feel the legacy of those who fought for our freedoms. This walking tour is a celebration of the unsung heroes who forever changed the social fabric of our city (and had fun and fell in love along the way!). So, get your facts straight and your history queer on this LGBTQ+ history tour. Book today for an unforgettable experience that connects, educates, and inspires.

She Shapes History is a queer-owned and -operated business. All our LGBTQIA+ History Tours are led by a queer guide. At She Shapes History, we're more than just guides – we're storytellers, activists, and part of the living history we share.

Whether you're exploring solo, with friends, or on a date, our tour is designed for everyone. We promise you'll leave feeling more connected to Canberra's incredible queer history, and you might even make a few new friends along the way!

Interested in a private experience? Learn more and get in touch here.

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What folks are saying

  • FrequentTraveller
    Review on TripAdvisor from Jan 2024
    Great tour with an absolutely fantastic guide. I’ve taken lots of walking tours and this is one of my favourites. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about Canberra’s incredible queer history.
  • Peter O.
    Review on TripAdvisor from Jan 2024

    A lot of Canberra history is 'big', public moments in big, public places. This tour dealt with events at a much more intimate, human scale and events that were often (but not always) hidden from public view. The lack of such big backdrops requires a skilled storyteller, and with Zev we had that and much more. They brought a passion and connection to the subject. Not everyone can breathe life into a window, a park, a tennis court or the site of a building long gone. Zev was able to do just this. While this is a must do for anyone interested in queer history, it is just as fascinating for people who want to know about the parts of history that are less well known but every bit as interesting.

  • Tamzen A.
    Review on TripAdvisor from Oct 2023

    My fourth She Shapes History tour, but my first one learning about the LGBTQIA+ History of Canberra. Zev is an excellent guide - informative, entertaining and inclusive. Their knowledge of the knowledge of Canberra's LGBTQIA+ history, paired with personal insights and anecdotes, made for an enjoyable and interesting couple of hours. Thanks Zev and the She Shapes History team 🏳‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

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