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Top Didj Cultural Experience

Gorge and Jaensch Road, Katherine, Northern Territory 0850, Australia
+61 8 8971 2751
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Katherine
Type: Art Galleries
Owner description: Top Didj & Art Gallery offers a genuine Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Manual Pamkal, winner of the Tourism NT Brolga award in 2013, for outstanding... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

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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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

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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Burnie, Australia
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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 via mobile

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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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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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We arrived a little early and were welcomed by Alex who introduced the children to a couple of Joeys he was caring for whilst we browsed the impressive gallery. We then spent a wonderful 3 hours with Manual from the Dalabon tribe who shared a great number of stories whilst we enjoyed the hands on experiences. A great way to... More

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Geeveston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If are looking to get an experience of what life was like and might still be in some areas of the outback for the indigenous people, then Top Didj is great. Everyone at Top Didj does a great job. From learning how to paint, throwing a spear and lighting a fire with sticks, it's hard to find another experience that... More

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Geelong, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I really wanted to learn more about Aboriginal culture and their lives and also for my children (7,5,3 year olds) to experience this too. Our day with Manual was truly enriching, we learnt about his life and his people's ways. He was a fantastic story teller and brought his teachings to life. We learnt how to paint, how to start... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We are a family of 4 with 2 kids (8 and 4 yo). We are travelling through the NT and I have wanted my children to learn of the Aboriginal culture and history. Manuel has provided such a beautiful introduction and I have found it insightful, fun and entertaining. Paint is always a great draw card for kids but I... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My husband and I and 2 teenage boys have been travelling for a week through the NT. We have done a lot of tours, but felt we were missing a real insight into indigenous culture. The afternoon spent with Manuel hearing his story and experiencing first hand traditional painting, spear throwing and fire lighting was something we will all remember.... More

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