Top Didj & Art Gallery
Top Didj & Art Gallery
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Top Didj & Art Gallery offers a genuine Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Manuel Pamkal, winner of the Tourism NT Brolga awards 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. Manuel 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 Jalk. This fantastic 2 1/2 hour interpretive experience will provide many other hands-on activities such as lighting a fire using two wooden sticks and learning how to throw a spear using a traditional woomera. The owner Petrena is a wildlife carer, so at times you get to hold or feed baby wallabies. View and purchase some of the best Aboriginal art and didgeridoos in the Northern Territory. Bookings for Cultural Experience Essential.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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RC
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This cultural experience was so much fun. Manuel is so lovely and friendly. He had great stories and gave everyone insight into indigenous culture. The spear throwing and fire making was so cool! Absolutely loved this.
Written 31 October 2023
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Leonie C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Such a fabulous opportunity to hear about life from a local aboriginal man, told from the heart. Manuel shares his story, that is the story of so many people around Katherine that tourists would otherwise not get to hear. Learning to paint in the traditional way and throw a spear was a fun and challenging experience. Highly recommend this to all. The art gallery has an amazing collection for sale and the gift section is well stocked with quality products to remind us if our NT time
Written 24 September 2023
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Gill12013
York, UK190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We had a fantastic afternoon here. Manuel was such an interesting and engaging host. We learned a great deal from his stories of a childhood in the bush. He taught us cross hatch painting and we each did a picture to take home. We also learned how to use fire sticks and to throw a spear. A really great experience in a lovely gallery space.
Written 16 September 2023
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Thank you for the 5 stars. all of us at Top Didj are pleased you learned a lot and enjoyed the hands activities.
Written 17 September 2023
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Brooke
Canberra, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous presentation and a fun afternoon. Painting class was also a great learning experience. Fabulous storytelling from Manuel.
Would highly recommend
Written 26 August 2023
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Thank you for the five stars and the highly recommended
Written 14 September 2023
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Kate H
Adelaide, Australia91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Come to Katherine and book into this fantastic cultural experience.

Suitable for all ages.

Engaging and so much fun.

Manuel was a fabulous host, who shared his personal stories and guided us all through traditional painting, fire lighting (without matches) and spear throwing.

Beautiful selection of arts and crafts available for sale.

Highly recommend this activity!

🖤💛❤️
Written 13 August 2023
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Thank you Kate for the five stars. So happy you had such a great time with us. Manuel is very engaging and loves telling his story.
Written 14 August 2023
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Kate S
Wellington, New Zealand71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a morning doing the cultural experience, led by Manuel. Great fun painting, learning to throw spears and make fire. Good for all ages, and really interesting story sharing too.
Written 31 July 2023
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Thank you for the 5 stars. All of us at Top Didj are happy to hear you had great fun during your time with us.
Written 14 August 2023
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PaxoJade
Brisbane, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was an amazing experience and very educational for the kids.

Such a good yarn, painting and spear throwing.

All the art at the gallery is beautiful
Written 28 July 2023
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Thank you for the 5 stars. Manuel is a living treasure and he loves sharing his culture with everyone. We are all happy you enjoyed your trime with us.
Written 31 July 2023
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Julie Anne L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Best cultural activity in Katherine! Top Didj run a fantastic cultural session including stories, fire making, spear throwing and art. Fantastic for kids 4+ up to adults, very enjoyable for the parents too. Little kids also have a toy area if they get bored by the activities. Sensational experience, highly educational and authentic.
Written 23 July 2023
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Thank you for the 5 stars. Yes the toy area is great giving the parents a chance to finish their paintings in peace.
Written 24 July 2023
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lnurick
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing experience for the whole family, we all loved hearing Manuel’s stories and the painting and cultural activities were fun and interesting. I highly recommend this activity, well worth the price, it’s been the highlight of our trip
Written 20 July 2023
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Thank you for the 5 stars. All of us here at Top Didj are so pleased you had a great time with us
Written 21 July 2023
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Kate S
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Highly recommend this cultural experience. Manuel engaged us all with his stories of growing up in the bush. Then we learnt painting with traditional brush. This was followed by fire lighting and finally spear throwing. Really fun afternoon for the kids.
Written 16 July 2023
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Thank you for the 5 stars We are all delighted you enjoyed all the hands-on-activities.
Written 17 July 2023
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