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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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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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Fantastic Indigenous Cultural Experience

Excellent experience for all ages - took my 11 year old daughter who loved it. Manuel is extremely informative, personable and happy to answer any questions. Come away with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Michelle_Matilda
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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Idea, was great to get a feel for what aboriginal culture is about, enjoyed the hands on experience and Manual's patience with me. The art gallery was great, made me appreciate how much effort goes into painting stunning piece of art work

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

Thanks Sharyn. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time with Manuel. He takes pride in telling people about his culture and what life was like for him when he was a young boy growing up in the bush. Yes we have some great artist in the area so our gallery has lots of beautiful rarrk paintings from the top end... More 

Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Excellent experience for all ages - took my 11 year old daughter who loved it. Manuel is extremely informative, personable and happy to answer any questions. Come away with a great painting and understanding. The joeys were a huge hit as well.

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

Glad to hear you had a great time Michelle and Matilda. Yes we are very lucky to have Manuel who enjoys sharing his culture in such an interesting way which is by telling his own story. He is very proud of his culture and happy that everyone is interested hearing about it. Our wallabies keep us busy and are very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Was a relaxed morning listening to the very funny and interesting Manuel and his culture. We enjoyed all aspects of Top Didj. The art we painted, the wallabies we patted. The fire we lit, the spears we threw. We ended up buying some Artwork from the gallery, and like that the artists biography comes with the art, and proceeds of... More 

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Thank Maikalsie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We visited Top Didj to see the art and craft gallery last Saturday afternoon which is on the Katherine Gorge Road just a few kilometres from the Knotts Crossing Resort Hotel. This is open until 5.00pm on a Saturday unlike most businesses in Katherine which seem to close by 3.00pm at the very latest. The owner is such a friendly... More 

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Katherine, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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Thank Marksies
Cranbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Ldar1211
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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Thank SPA01
Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank LJohnsonMelbourne
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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Thank JennySco1953
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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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