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Address: Gorge and Jaensch Road, Katherine, Northern Territory 0850, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8971 2751
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Description: Top Didj & Art Gallery offers a genuine Aboriginal Cultural Experience...
Top Didj & Art Gallery offers a genuine Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Manual Pamkal, winner of the Tourism NT Brolga award in 2013, for outstanding interpretive guide, is happy to pass on his traditions from Aboriginal contemporary life after playing a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo. Manual will teach you the fine art of Rarrk Painting and give you the chance to paint your own masterpiece using a special brush made from a reed called Julk. This fantastic 2 1/2 hour interpretive experience will provide many hands on activities such as: Learning about indigenous culture and art Paint a piece of Indigenous artwork Learn fire lighting skills Learning how to throw a spear using a woomera Get to hold or feed baby wallabies View and purchase some of the best Aboriginal art and didgeridoos in the Northern Territory
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There are very few places near Nitmiluk where we stayed but were recommended to come here by a family we met on our travels in the Northern Territory. So glad we did as it's not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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West Byfleet
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West Byfleet
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

There are very few places near Nitmiluk where we stayed but were recommended to come here by a family we met on our travels in the Northern Territory. So glad we did as it's not one that is obvious or highly advertised. You get to meet an Aboriginal elder who tells you his story and shows you how to do... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My family and I had an amazing outback experiences in Katherine, thank you to Manuel, Alex and Petrina of Top Didj. We did indigenous painting, spear throwing, boomerang throwing, fire starting and learnt about indigenous culture! It was a highlight of our NT adventure! Thanks Top Didj! My boys 13 and 9, wife and I loved it! Manuel is fantastic!

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband my son and my daughter and her 3 children and myself had the best morning with Manual,Tryna and Alex we were one of the last visitors to the center before closing in October it was extremely hot but well worth the visit we learned to do Aboriginal Art how the Aboriginal live on the land Fire starting and... More 

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Cultural Experi... A, Owner at Top Didj Cultural Experience, responded to this review

Thank you Susanne for your positive comments. We remember your family well. You hit the kangaroo and the girls had a good time feeding the wallabies. Yes it was very hot last year and with not having much of a wet, we feel it might be the same this year. We now have sprinklers on the roof to help cool... More 

Darwin, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Hot. Hot. Hot. Artwork prices varied from one day to next day. Not a pleasant experience. Not recommended.

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Cultural Experi... A, Owner at Top Didj Cultural Experience, responded to this review

Firstly we were not open in November. We closed 31st October. The weather is something we have no control over and at the end of 2014 we did experience hotter weather. It is the first time in 36 years we have ever known the Katherine Gorge to only be able to boat down the first gorge and not the second... More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I enjoyed making my own art. I did not like sitting in a tin shed in the heat with nothing to cool us. But overall I enjoyed the experience one I had some water

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Cultural Experi... A, Owner at Top Didj Cultural Experience, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed doing your first Rarrk painting. The weather is something we have no control over and at the end of 2014 we did experience hotter weather than usual. The structure where the tour takes place has no walls but does have a tin roof fitted with ceiling fans, surround by lawn on one side and bush garden on... More 

Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I painted in the art class with Manuel 's help and learned how to light a fire better than Bear Gryllis.also how to throw a spear. I enjoyed my time there as they also were baby wallabies you could get close to and pat. Is not for elderly people as it was very hot when I visited, 40 degrees in... More 

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Cultural Experi... A, Owner at Top Didj Cultural Experience, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed the cultural experience and getting close and personal with our wallabies. October is our hottest month and 2014 did seem to be hotter than usual. Maybe due to global warming!!! We do get seniors do the cultural experience and they really have a great time but they do come in the cooler months. Most of... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a fantastic place if you want somewhere to take the kids, or if you are travelling with friends from overseas. Here you will learn everything indigenous - from a local aboriginal man. He'll welcome you with his didgeredoo, tell you about his people, his culture, his language and then he'll teach you how to paint. You'll also learn... More 

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Cultural Experi... A, Owner at Top Didj Cultural Experience, responded to this review

We are all very happy at Top Didj to hear that you really enjoyed your time with us. Unfortunately 2014 has been our hottest year so far and possibley want be our last. Because of this we have looked into getting two small water fans and putting sprinklers on the roof and should have one or both of these ideas... More 

Burnie, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Unfortunately we did not have time to do the Cultural Experience but we enjoyed the shop and especially the joey "Bones". Some lovely pieces in the gallery and gift items. Well worth stopping in to enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We really enjoyed all Top Didj have to offer... Petrina, Alex & Manuel are lovely people, baby wallabies are gorgeous... Learning to paint aboriginal artwork fun, spear throwing and fire making awesome... Must visit for all tourists to Kathryn!! Claire, Andrea, Indira & Duke xx

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melbourne
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131 reviews 131 reviews
50 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were unfortunate not to do the activities, it must have been fun. But the owners are taking good care of the orphaned wallaby joeys and that was great to experience holding the joeys.

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