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Top Didj Cultural Experience

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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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Best Cultural experie.nce you will get

Be awed by Manuel, and hear his story...come away with an amazing painting (done by yourself...Manuel gives you a lesson! or better still buy one of Manuel's'.) Learn to light a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Katherine, Australia
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Katherine, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Be awed by Manuel, and hear his story...come away with an amazing painting (done by yourself...Manuel gives you a lesson! or better still buy one of Manuel's'.) Learn to light a fire with sticks..fun, and throw a spear- thank goodness I wasn't looking to hunt for my dinner!

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Cranbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Had a fantastic morning at Top Didj with my 7 year old daughter. Manual told us about his life and his people then taught us to do aboriginal painting, use fire sticks and throw a spear. We also got to cuddle sone baby wallabies. Fabulous people, fabulous place.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We stopped by at the place on our way to the Nitmiluk National Park. We only strolled around the shop and didn't go for a tour. Besides the usual tourist souvenirs, there were some beautiful Aborigine art and didgeridoos. The staff were friendly, and keen on answering any questions that we had.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Awesome afternoon with Manuel. He tells stories of his life. Shows us how to paint, start fires and throwing spears etc what a wonderful day.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Great Aboriginal art at fabulous prices. Well worth a visit. Some marvellous souvenirs as well. We didn't book for the Cultural Experience - but we were sorry to have missed it.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

Manuel is the aboriginal star of this experience, well backed up by his partners in the Cultural hit of the Northern Territory. What with Manuel explaining the cultural aspects of his family life of long ago and today, playing and explaining the digj and clap sticks, explaining his role as a painter and his leadership in seeing his audience accomplish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

My Family and I all enjoyed our morning, painting, fire lighting, spear throwing, meeting the wallabies and listening to Manuel.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Bought a beautiful painting here and a good value didgeridoo. Some of the dishes don't play very well, so try to at before you buy, but there are some gems - and all are painted quite nicely. Very friendly staff and good service. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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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Address: Gorge and Jaensch Road, Katherine, Northern Territory 0850, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8971 2751
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Katherine

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