Adelaide Historical Crime Tour By Day

Adelaide Historical Crime Tour by day with Adelaide Haunted Horizons

Adelaide Historical Crime Tour by day: Welcome to the City Of Corpses


Adelaide and its surrounding plains were originally home to the Kaurna people and little did they know that some many years later their land would be host to an Adelaide Historical Crime Tour.


This tribe lived in family groups of around 30 people and the area that they were responsible for was known as Yerta’s.

The Yerta that the Adelaide City Centre stood on was known as the ‘land of the red kangaroo’ or ‘Tandanya’.

Sadly before the white Europeans had even arrived here in 1836 there was estimated to be only 300 to 1000 Kaurna left due to outbreaks of smallpox which had already spread down the Murray River from interstate.

Colonel Light and the darkening of South Australian history

In 1836, several ships set sail from England for the shores of South Australia, one of them being the Rapid, which carried Colonel Light, the Surveyor General of Adelaide.

By the time they arrived at Kangaroo Island, the Buffalo was also on its way carrying Governor Hindmarsh.

The settlers were quickly moved on to Holdfast Bay (Glenelg) and there was much debate as to the final site of the future City.

After much mudslinging, Colonel Light won and the City of Adelaide was built, named after King William IV’s wife, Queen Adelaide.

Although a free settlement which was carefully thought out, life in the new colony was certainly not easy at times.

The fact that this supposed utopia soon had to build an elaborate Gaol, which quickly filled and nearly bankrupted the State, was testament to this.

Theft, murder and suicide was as much a part of this free colony as it was in other penal ones, appearing more to be a part of human nature and of our society as a whole, which is why we can bring you this Adelaide Historical Crime Tour.

For Adelaide, this trend continued and in modern times has seen some change its name (although tongue in cheek), from the ‘City of Churches’ to the ‘City of Corpses’, due to the many now famous cases of serial killers operating here over the years.

The Truro Murders, The Family and  the Snowtown bodies in the barrels are just a few examples.

It certainly shows that the darkside of human nature is always alive and well.

Learn about our dark side on this Adelaide Historical Crime Tour by day

Join us on this unique tour of Adelaide City where we delve into a darker past and meet some of the people enveloped by this madness!

Wander with us through the streets of Adelaide as we explore her history through murder, tragic tales and mystery.

Let us tell you about:

  • The many murders to take place on Hindley Street alone and follow in the steps of Adelaide’s first serial killer.
  • Find out which of the killers ended up on the Gallows at the Old Adelaide Gaol.
  • The murder in Government House.
  • What caused a friendly, well respected realter to suddenly shoot himself in the head.
  • Learn about the sad end to a well known Founder of Adelaide
  • Which of the hangings in S.A. went very wrong
  • Murder and tragedy in the Adelaide Arcade
  • The tragic love story that drove a young maid to kill herself
  • The successful young magician who stalked and murdered his wife in front of shoppers
  • The fate of ‘fallen’ ladies who dared to became pregnant
  • How and why a police constable shot his best friend through the head

There are plenty more tales to share as we go back in time and stroll the streets of Adelaide.

These are just a handful of the intriguing stories we will be sharing as we explore the darker side of human nature and Adelaide’s past!

Adelaide Historical Crime Tour details

Duration:  3 hours

Cost: $33.00 pp on special (Inc 10% G.S.T.)

Age: 13+ (younger by parental discretion)

Times: Held most weekends as booked

This is a street walk so comfortable walking shoes recommended.

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Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons reserves the right to cancel an event should numbers not be reached or if property owners decide to use locations for their own events.  If this happens money will be refunded in full or another date offered. Please note, although the stories that are told are real,  Haunted Horizon’s™ naturally can NOT promise you a ghost on the night, we can however ensure you have an enjoyable and fun night.  For this reason these tours and investigations should be viewed as entertainment only.

Book with the local operator you can trust. Haunted Horizons™, has been named best Tour Operator in the South Australian Tourism Awards 2015 and 2016. You will also be booking with professional paranormal investigators (PFI) who’ve been operating more than 15 years.

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Email: Haunted Horizons
Phone: 0407 715 866

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