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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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what an amazing day we spent here on our journey. To be welcomed so warmly by Alex and Petrena, and then to be allowed into another world with the magic of Manual it is truely an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

what an amazing day we spent here on our journey. To be welcomed so warmly by Alex and Petrena, and then to be allowed into another world with the magic of Manual it is truely an experience we won't forget. To be able to learn the art of fire making, spear throwing and be able to make our own piece... More 

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Coolangatta, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you Manuel for an educational, fun and relaxing afternoon. My 2 children 9 and 11 thoroughly enjoyed listening to your life in the bush and how you hunted for food when you were little. Painting was very therapeutic and learning how to spear the pretend kangaroo was fun! I would recommend this to all families and visitors. The couple... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I really enjoyed this afternoon being told stories and experiences by Manuel. We were successful in our fire lighting attempt. Felt quite proud of learning this as it was quite difficult. It was great to see it is attainable. Manuel is quite an extraordinary man, but you know that don't you? What he has been able to adapt to in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Thank you Alex and Manuel for an amazing afternoon. My three kids, husband and I have walked away from the experience truly blessed by what we've seen and learned. Manuel was interesting, personable and so fantastic with our kids. Thank you Alex for letting us care for your baby joeys and making us feel so welcome. Our artworks will be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful afternoon with Manuel. We were met in the Gallery by Petrina and we were the only two booked in, yet still Manuel was there to share his life and culture with us. A small tour group arrived late and joined us. Manuel taught us the original Dalabon words for many white fella words, Dalabon painting and how... More 

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

Hi Robyn and Eddie So glad you enjoyed your time with Manuel and thank you for being so understanding when the small bus group turned up unexpected. Manuel will be very happy when I read him your comments. Enjoy the rest of your holidays in the NT. More 

Brisbane
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Going by the website, there is supposed to be an "Aboriginal Cultural Experience" Session times: 9:30am, 2:30pm 7 days a week from May to October. I had contemplated booking online but if you cancel with less than 7 days notice you lose all your fees paid and I was concerned that we wouldn't arrive in Katherine in time driving from... More 

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

We had just had several very busy weeks prior to Father's Day (the day in question) 4th September and since we had no bookings for the afternoon it was decided for Manuel to spend the afternoon fishing with his family. Unfortunately we had a couple arrive at 1:45 for an unbooked cultural experience. As we are not able to give... More 

Darwin, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Did this tour with my four kids and was a little disappointed that i was charged $55 for a 4 year old, i expressed to the lady that i didn't think that he would be that interested in participating but was still charged the full amount for him, he didn't paint, didn't throw a spear and blocked his ears from... More 

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

Lynette of Darwin… “Thank you for a great experience. It was excellent!” This quote was written by you in our guest book. We looked through our booking book and the only Lynette we could find came in on the 15th September with three children not four. We have no bookings for one adult with four children for the month of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Travelling from Brisbane to Darwin in the past months, we did a lot activities, but this one was defenitely one of the best we did in QLD and NT! Worth each dollar :) Very friendly staff and Manuel did a great job. It was very interesting to listen to his stories and learn from his experience. It was very well... More 

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

Glad to hear you had a good time. Manuel really enjoys his work and people like you really make his job a lot easier. It was no problem taking you back into town. Hope the rest of your trip went well. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We visited as part of a group. It was a delightful and enjoyable experience. The time just flew by - i would recommend everyone to try this cultural experience, both young and old.

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Perth Hills, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Thanks Manuel and Alex for a great cultural experience. Shane and I found it very interesting and loved learning more about the Aboriginal Culture and your life stories. Enjoyed the painting, starting fire with the sticks and spear throwing. Keep sharing your experiences with us all.

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

Good to hear you enjoyed your time with Alex and Manuel because they told me they really enjoyed having a conversation with you both about what you have been up to. Bit of a two way street. Good that we can all share our experiences. More 

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