The Port Arthur Historic Site, home of arguably Australia’s most recognisable reminders of its 19th century convict origins, has taken another step forward into the 21st century, with the launch of its new audio tour app.
The app features hundreds of photos and historic images of Port Arthur as well as around two hours of audio material, including readings from colonial-era journals and books, to bring 25 historical stories of Port Arthur to life.
The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority’s Dr Jody Steele said the app provides unprecedented access for visitors to rich content and storytelling that allows them to explore Port Arthur at their own pace.
“Users can hear stories from those who lived, worked and visited this infamous place, both during the height of the convict settlement and in more recent times,” said Dr Steele.
“Each story is performed by character actors to create an engrossing and personal experience of the Port Arthur Historic Site.”
The guide covers all of the Historic Site’s major buildings and ruins, landscapes and personalities. See dozens of rare historical images supplied by institutions across the nation and the world, including images of the original buildings and their occupants.
“The app allows visitors to explore the Historic Site in their own time, visiting the buildings and locations which most appeal to them.”
“With it, users can follow the suggested route across the site or choose their own path using the interactive map.”
The app is compatible with iPhone or iPod Touch devices and can be downloaded from the App Store for $3.99. Those without compatible devices can hire players with the app pre-loaded on arrival at Port Arthur for a small fee.
Future iterations of the app will include support for other languages, starting with Mandarin. Development of an edition of the app for Android devices is also planned.