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Darwin: A Tale of Four Cities

Put your headphones on and be transported back in time with a new self-guided audio tour taking you through Darwin’s history.

By Tamara Howie

Darwin: A Tale of Four Cities is a narrative-driven audio tour that guides listeners though historic locations around Darwin’s CBD.

Creator Caddie Brain says she wanted to make the stories of Darwin’s history more accessible for locals and tourists. 

“When I moved to Darwin many years ago I found it was a very difficult city to understand,” she says.

“You wander around and there are all these new high-rises and to find its history of destruction you really have to know where to look,” Brain says.

“You can find out about some of these chapters quite easily but I just thought there wasn’t something that tried to capture the history in a nutshell.”

The audio walking tour is a downloadable app that directs the user through the CBD streets, unearthing stories from the city’s history, including pre-colonial Larrakia tales and stories from the bombing and Cyclone Tracy. 

Narrator Charlie King weaves in personal stories from his own life throughout the journey.

“Charlie is basically Territory history,” Brain says.

“His stories are so much about the Darwin experience, and not just the good, he has the hard stories too and I didn’t want the tour to shy away from some of the darker history we have here.”

Best Experienced Mon – Sat | 7am-6pm |Commence at Tourist Information Centre, Darwin | $2.99 |

Thumbnail and inset: Charlie King

Header: Caddie Brain

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