Aboriginal Cultural Experience

2.5 Hours
Katherine, Northern Territory
Art & Culture
May to October
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Visitors can interact with Top End Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal and ask questions about Aboriginal culture whilst learning about the significance of his painting style, weapons used and how he lived off the land. The highlight of the Cultural Experience and what sets it apart from other cultural experiences is the hands on activities presented by an Aboriginal Elder in a relaxed and fun way.


Top Didj Art Gallery is located 7km outside Katherine, located in the centre of the Northern Territory. Katherine is 320km south of Darwin. Address: 363 Gorge Rd, Lansdowne NT 0850.

What to expect

This experience includes:

Cultural Talk – Manuel Pamkal, winner of the Tourism NT Brolga award in 2013, for outstanding interpretive guide, is happy to talk about growing up in the bush, cultural differences, tribal life and his own family tree after playing a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo.

Painting – Manuel will teach the technique of Rarrk painting (Cross Hatch). Visitors will then paint their own artwork to take home as their souvenir.

Fire Lighting – Visitors have an opportunity to participate in the ancient craft of lighting a fire by rubbing two extraordinary stick together and be fascinated by the story describing the two sticks.

Spear Throwing – Our resident guide Manuel explains the use of a Woomera and Spear to perfectly hit the target that is a fake kangaroo.

After the hands on activities, you will have an opportunity to look through the Aboriginal Art Gallery featuring authentic didgeridoos and artwork. Interact with Australian wildlife such as joeys and wallabies which are often around.

What is included

This experience runs daily at 9.30am and 2.30pm from 1 May – 31 October at Top Didj Art Gallery. The experience is 2.5 hours in duration.

Meeting point

Top Didj Art Gallery - 363 Gorge Rd, Lansdowne, Northern Territory.

What to bring

Water bottle