Badass Women of Canberra
National Triangle Walking Tour

Discover the badass women behind Australia's capital city.

Ready to learn about the REAL history of Canberra – the one excluded from history books and your standard tour of Canberra? Snag your place on this entertaining and educational walking tour of Canberra and discover the true movers and shakers behind our city. Join our young and passionate local guides to uncover the stories of Australia's most misunderstood city.


Learn about Australia’s hidden women's history as you walk among some of our nation’s most iconic cultural institutions and monuments. Hidden between the National Archives, the National Library and the National Gallery are the stories of women who designed cities, changed Australia’s constitution and dismissed governments. You'll see it all, from the longest-running protest in the world to hidden spy bunkers and secret moats to the buildings where decisions about the future of our country are made.


$60
$40 for kids 4-12
10 AM–1 PM
Saturdays & Sundays
3 Hours
Tour Duration

Highlights
➪ Discover a different and more diverse side of the nation’s capital and Australian history.

➪ Learn about the disastrous opening of Old Parliament House.

➪ Enjoy a coffee at one of Canberra's iconic cultural institutions.

Uncover the story of the suburban housewife who became ASIO's best spy.

➪ Hear the unexpected stories behind the origins of the National Archives, Old Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, and other iconic institutions.

➪ Go inside a secret bunker where young women served as Australia's first line of defence against foreign interference during World War II.

➪ Uncover incredible sites of First Nations activism, overworked robots, sunken suburbs, the ghosts of dead Prime Ministers, and more!

Book Now!
If you would like to make a booking for a larger group or for a time that isn't listed, send us an email at hello@sheshapeshistory.com.au.

More about this tour
We’re so excited to welcome you to the National Triangle (and to Canberra!). Our guides are dedicated to sharing all Canberra has to offer. You will leave our tour with recommendations for local businesses, services, restaurants and attractions. So, bring your camera and your questions! We can promise you an in-depth, interactive experience here in the heart of Canberra.

We’ve designed the Badass Women of Canberra tour for a general audience. On this tour, we dig into Canberra’s history and share how the city gradually became the political and cultural capital it is today. 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. This fun, interactive and informative tour introduces you to a different side of Canberra’s most iconic monuments, sites, and cultural institutions.

All our guides are trained in first aid and have received their COVID-19 vaccines. This tour has a maximum of 20 guests, allowing us to keep the tour intimate, friendly and COVID-safe.

PLEASE NOTE: The tour may not go ahead if the minimum number of guests (4) is not met. In that case, we will contact you about rescheduling or refunding your ticket price.


Pricing Transparency
One of our guiding values is transparency, which is why we've chosen to be completely open about pricing. We've priced our tours with accessibility and sustainability in mind. We've tried to keep our tour price as low as possible to be financially accessible. However, we do need to cover our overheads and pay our guides a living wage which is why the tour costs as much as it does. Still, we understand that for some people $60 can seem like a lot for a walking tour, which is why we've broken down our pricing to give you a clear understanding of the actual cost behind each ticket.

  • Commissions = $0–$15. Third-party sites take anywhere between 10% and 25% of a commission. So, depending on whether someone books direct or through a third party, this ranges between $0–$18.
  • Coffee & Snack = $10. We pay an average of $10 per person for our coffee & snack stop.
  • Guide = $25. We pay our guides well above award wage at $35 per hour. Based on our minimum booking number of six people, this works out to be $25pp.
  • Overheads = $10. Based on our minimum booking number of six people, this works out to be $10pp.
  • Profit = $0–$15. Our profit can range from $0–$15 depending on where someone books and how many people we have on the tour.

FAQs

Can men come on this tour?

Yes! This tour is for everyone and we welcome men on our tour.


Do I need to know much about Australian history to enjoy this tour?

You don’t need to have a historical background to enjoy our tours, though we find people who have an interest in history tend to love this tour. Our guides narrate without historical lingo, and questions are always encouraged.


How much walking is there?

This tour covers just under 3km in 3 hours. There are opportunities to sit and catch the shade here and there along the route. Participants will be asked to traverse some uneven sidewalks. There are no stairs on this route.

Does this tour go inside any of the cultural institutions?

This tour doesn’t go inside any of the cultural institutions, although we’ll talk about each of the institutions in detail as we view them from the outside.


Where does the tour end?

This tour ends out the back of Old Parliament House – a short 2 minute walk from where we started the tour.


What about the weather?

Our tours (like the show) must go on! We run tours rain or shine. Bring your umbrella, grab your poncho and get ready to have fun. We’ve never let a little rain stop us. And if you don't have an umbrella – don't worry, we always carry a few spares. Please wear clothes that are warm and dry if rain is forecasted. In extreme weather conditions, we may need to cancel the tour when safety is a concern. If weather creates a safety concern, either before or during the experience, we may either cancel or reschedule the experience/tour. If this happens, you will be fully refunded.

What is the refunds and rescheduling policy?

We understand that sometimes bookings need to change. Your booking with She Shapes History is flexible and secure – we know first-hand how important flexibility is to planning a stress-free holiday. We charge zero fees for eligible cancellations and offer unlimited free changes to your booking. We want you to have a great experience, and will always do our best to reschedule you for another tour or provide options wherever possible. For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start. You can reschedule the date or time of your experience (or add guests) within 24 hours of booking, and up to 72 hours before the experience is scheduled to start. If you reschedule an experience, the cancellation policy is based on the original purchase time and original start date of the experience.

What if I'm running late?

Our tours depart at the scheduled tour start time. If you show up late or don't show up at all, we won't be able to offer a refund. For most tours, it is not logistically possible to join the group after it has started.


Getting here
👑 Meeting point. Our tour begins at the King George Memorial Statue in front of Old Parliament House and finishes out the back of Old Parliament House. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour is scheduled to start to check-in!

🚘 Parking. We recommend parking at Old Parliament House. The hours of pay parking operation are 8.30 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

🚌 Public transport. Our tour is accessible from Canberra’s City Centre via Transport Canberra. Bus numbers 7, 5 and 2 run from the City depot. The closest bus stop is Parkes Place (Stop ID: 3260), just 300m away from the King George Memorial Statue (where we start the tour).

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