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Top Didj & Art Gallery

Gorge and Jaensch Road, Katherine, Northern Territory 0850, Australia
+61 8 8971 2751
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What an easy, informative & enjoyable way to spend a few hours.

What's not to like here? The star is clearly Manual with his many insights, but that aside this... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Enjoyable and learning experience

Our family, with older kids all were absorbed by the story telling, painting and opportunity to... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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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
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Gorge and Jaensch Road, Katherine, Northern Territory 0850, Australia
+61 8 8971 2751
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

What's not to like here? The star is clearly Manual with his many insights, but that aside this is a very hands on experience learning to paint, throw a spear & how to make fire. The didgeridoo makes an appearance, songs sung, wallabies held, photos...More

Thank Phil-Joel
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Our family, with older kids all were absorbed by the story telling, painting and opportunity to throw the spear. A good experience and learning.

Thank BruceR58
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We did this as part of the 4 day Intrepid Travel tour. We met Manuel, and learnt from him about his history as an indigenous man growing up in the bush. He demonstrated his talents of singing and playing the didgeridoo, and we were able...More

Thank NaomiJESH
Reviewed 29 August 2017

While the image of the noble savage have been used too often to represent our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters, the Top Didj experience presents a practical experience. This experience - painting style, fire making, music and hunting - allows the open...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Fantastic for kids and adults (brought my two young daughters). A very enjoyable and educational way to spend a couple of hours during a visit to Katherine. Manuel is an excellent guide and the staff were all great. George

Thank George C
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Manuel is entertaining and a good teacher. It was fun to paint. Also there are many walkways that are tame and friendly

Thank lisa w
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Manuel was fabulous, his genuine nature, stories and warmth radiated. This is a must do experience when visiting this part of the country. Kids loved it, and mum and dad enjoyed it just as much

Thank Georgie J
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

What a great afternoon very friendly we were shown Aboriginal Art and tried ourselves with full explanation of why it is stucture that way. Had a talk about life in the outback ask as many questions you like. Had a baby Kangaroo wander into the...More

Thank Mal S
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This experience was a favourite for all of us - teenage children, parents and grandparents. It was such a pleasure to listen to Manuel's stories and learn more about his language and culture. Having the opportunity to create our own works of art was amazing....More

Thank annelisedean
Cultural Experi... A, Owner at Top Didj & Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We are so happy you had a good time with us. I will read this to Manuel tomorrow and he will be overjoyed. He loves telling his story and interacting with everyone that comes into Top Didj. cheers

Reviewed 7 July 2017

A must see if you are serious about seeing or buying some genuine Didji art. Good place for kids books and small gifts as well.

Thank Sallyscott2888
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