darwin audio tour: a tale of four cities (2018)
collaborators: Charlie King, Robbie Mills, Violet Mills. Full credits
In Darwin, every corner has a story. But its history can be hard to see. Destroyed four times by cyclones and war, Darwin's been rebuilt over and over. Yet in between the shiny high-rise are all sorts of secret historic spots to discover.
Darwin: A Tale of Four Cities is a first-of-its-kind, immersive, self-guided, audio walking tour that takes you to ten of these locations around Darwin's CBD. It is delivered to your mobile device or tablet via an app and headphones.
Researched from Northern Territory collections and oral histories, the tour also features the extraordinary personal story of narrator Charlie King, a legendary Northern Territory broadcaster and campaigner and was funded by the Northern Territory Department of Tourism and Culture’s Live Darwin Arts program.
In an Australian-first, the tour is recorded binaurally, an innovative recording method that produces immersive 3D sound. Hundreds of locals were involved in re-creating historic soundscapes to support the audio stories that transport the listener back in time.
The Darwin Audio Tour won Interpretation Australia's National Award in 2018.
Media Release: Revitalising our CBD: Take a self-guided wander through Darwin’s past,
Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss, Northern Territory Government
Media: ABC News, Darwin - 9 July 2018
Media: ABC Radio Interview, Darwin, Afternoons - 10 July 1018
Media: NT history shared through tour, Sun Newspapers - 31 July 2018
Media: The tours that show you the best of what Darwin has to offer, Australian Traveller -
17 October 2018