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Revitalising our CBD: Take a self-guided wander through Darwin’s past

The Territory Labor Government is transforming Darwin’s CBD into a world-class tourist and cultural destination, creating jobs for Territorians and supporting innovation and local business.

A new cultural and historic attraction in the centre of Darwin launched today, provides Territorians and visitors with an innovative and exciting way to discover Darwin CBD’s rich history.

“Through the Live Darwin Arts we’ve provided funding to programs to continue to enrich and activate the CBD,” Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said. 

Darwin: A Tale of Four Cities is a powerful, narrative-driven audio tour that takes the public through a set of historic locations around Darwin’s CBD rich in stories.

Developer and creator of Darwin: A Tale of Four Cities, Caddie Brain, said the one-hour tour is woven around the personal story and narration of legendary broadcaster and campaigner Charlie King.

“In an Australian first, the walking tour is recorded binaurally, using cutting edge technology,” Ms Brain said.

“The stories are brought to life through immersive 3D stereo sound recorded throughout the Territory over many months. It is also GPS-triggered.

“Hundreds of locals were involved in the recreation of historic soundscapes – from cyclists, aviators, to cinema goers, and I encourage everyone to come out and experience our CBD’s history.”

The Territory Labor Government recently invested an additional $500,000 to enrich and activate Darwin’s CBD in 2018-19 through live music, dance performances and interactive workshops as part of its record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.

The app is available for free for a short period by contacting the developer through and is best experienced Monday to Saturday*.

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Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242


*The tour can still be taken on Sunday however the Star Arcade, one of the stops on the self-guided tour, is closed. 

Caddie Brain

Binaural Recording

Charlie King