We are a family of four with children aged 8 and 10 travelling Australia for 6 months. We really enjoyed the Top Didj Cultural Experience with Manuel Pamkal
The site is also home to some orphaned wallabies and our children got to hold the little ones.
Manuel is a local indigenous fella and artist who takes the tourists through his life story, the story of the local indigenous peoples and also guides them through doing their own artwork using traditional Rarrk painting (Cross Hatch), fire stick fire lighting and spear throwing.
We all had a fun time and shared the experience with another couple from Adelaide. The photos speak for themselves. A great educational 3 hours with lots of interesting stuff and lots of laughs. According to the kids "dad your painting of a barramundi is the best".
We worked with traditional brushes made from reeds, fire sticks made from a local special tree and my wife insisted we work on the floor in "traditional mode".
We all had a go at using the fire sticks and Dad was the last one to give it a go and his strength got the fire finally started. Amazing to see how its actually done. Our son wanted to know "where can we buy the fire sticks?"
The spear throwing was lots of fun. We all had two turns to hit a make believe kangaroo about 30 metres away. It was amazing to see Manuel hit the target in the heart at that distance.
Our whole experience was one to remember and thanks to Manuel and his able assistant Basil. We encourage visitors of all ages to enjoy the fun experience and learning with Manuel.
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