I spent a few days in Darwin last week and a is my won’t, I spent a bit of time wandering around the CBD—popping into a pub here to catch up with mates, buying some shit that I can’t get in my home-town of Alice Springs there.

In between I popped a few pix of the many empty shops scattered around the small area that is the Darwin CBD. I’ve lived in darwin on-and-off for more than a few years since I staggered off a McCafferty’s bus in the dry-season of 1984 and since then my measure of how busy the town area is was measured against whether you could get a park in Cavanagh Street between Knuckey and Bennet Streets.

For a long time you’d be buggered if you could find a midday park in that busiest of blocks but over the past couple of years I’ve not even need to use my cripple card to get a park. This past week I could’ve fired a shotgun down the block and not caught too many of the stragglers.

Meanwhile I took a number 4 bus out to Casuarina Square shopping centre in the northern ‘burbs. If I’d fired a shotgun in that place I would’ve been done for mass murder. That the money has moved where the masses are is no surprise but while Casuarina and other suburban centres thrive, the CBD shrivels and dies a slow death.

Here are a few of my shots from the empty shops of the Darwin CBD, where retail goes to die.

You can see earlier posts on this them from Darwin’s own Koulla Roussos on the empty shops of Darwin here and my look at the empty shops of Geelong here.