Located at Top Didj and Art Gallery, the Cultural Experience offers a genuine Aboriginal experience where you sit and listen to Manual Pamkal, who talks about living the traditional way as a young boy and Aboriginal contemporary life today. Next Manuel will show you how to paint a Rarrk (cross-hatching) painting using a reed brush (Jalk). You then get to try your hand at fire lighting and spear throwing with a woomera. Manuel is now a TV star. He appeared in the Australian Story “Call the Doctor” broadcast on 25th February. The story tells the unlikely friendship of Manuel and Dr. Tim Duncan. You can find out more about this unlikely friendship by watching the show on Youtube. Manuel is also the face of AATKings “Inspiring Journeys” brochure. They felt Manuel provided an authentic aboriginal experience to their guests where they could meet a true local on a personal level. Also, you get the chance to get close and personal with wallabies. You can select from a large range of didgeridoos, authentic Aboriginal artwork, boomerangs, carvings, and souvenirs. Top Didj is committed to promoting Aboriginal art in an ethical way.
Tour duration is between 2 to 2.5 hours.
Service TypesCultural and Theme Tours Nature and wildlife
Disabled AssistanceDisabled access available
MembershipNational Trust Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Visitor Information Centre
AccreditationATEC COVID Ready/ WTTC Safe Travels Stamp Australian Tourism Accreditation COVID Clean Practicing Business COVID Safe National Trust
Manual Pampkal, winner of 2013 Tourism NT Brolga for outstanding interpretive guide, will welcome you with a traditional song played on the Didgeridoo. He is then happy to talk about tribal life, language, hunting and gathering techniques and weapons used. Manual will teach you the fine art of Rarrk Painting using a reed brush (Jalk).
You will have the opportunity to participate in fire lighting with two sticks and throwing a spear with a woomera. After the tour you can get close and personal with the resident wallaby population.
Please note – indicative price quoted is per adult, prices for children are available, please check Top Didj Cultural Experience’s website for further details.
Disabled AccessCarpark Family Friendly
Live has taken place, now available on demand on the Top Didj website shop.
A snapshot of Top End Aboriginal culture, Top Didj’s virtual experience is the perfect introduction to Aboriginal culture exploring music, art, traditional artifacts, and life living in the bush the traditional way. Manuel is passionate about keeping the culture alive and sharing it with everyone. During the experience, you will listen to a live didgeridoo performance, Manuel will sing a song accompanied by clapsticks, then tell stories of growing up in the bush.
You will be shown a special reed brush called a jalk that is used to paint the line paintings known as rarrk or crosshatch. Manuel will give a brief talk on how he goes about teaching people to paint in the rarrk style. Manuel will demonstrate how to light a fire using two sticks and how to throw a spear using a woomera.
This live experience is perfect for the whole family or anyone interested in learning more about Aboriginal culture. You will also get a peek at our resident agile wallabies. Drop us a line if you have a question you would like Manuel to answer.
Suitable for all ages.