Fun Day

Everyone thought Manuel was a great teacher and story teller. It was a very enjoyable experience. Painting was harder than it looks but they now have a greater appreciation for the art they see in galleries. Craig hopes he will be able to feed the family without a trip to woollies!!! Great Fun

Everyone has an enjoyable time.

We really enjoy the tourists that come and participate in our Cultural Experience. We all have a great time. Here are some images of our latest visitors. The Mevel family from France wrote. ” Very nice experience for the whole family. Manuel is very kind and thanks for the stories you shared with us.” Rachael from Florida said it was a fantastic unforgettable experience. Glenys said it was a true cultural experience loved it. We had four representatives from Statravel Germany who thought Manuel was great and loved the fact they learnt so much from someone who lived in the bush.

Busy Busy Busy. It has been very cosmopolitan at Top Didj recently with people from Estonia, Russia, UK, Wales, California, Germany, NZ, Hong Kong, Tassie and other states of Australia. Harmeet from the UK wrote “ Loved Manuel’s story and he was funny and interesting. Enjoyed painting and it shows the effort involved in making these pieces of art. Love spearing and everything. I leave with happy memories. Thank You. Morton family wrote “ Fantastic experience. Learnt lots. Will be trying the aboriginal art again. Favourite part for me was spear throwing. Kids loved the painting the best but all was fantastic. Not many images as my phone has been playing up I’m afraid. But have a new phone so all should be good now.

Last week of May and beginning of June we have had great weather. Everyone has enjoyed their time at Top Didj painting with Manuel, learning how to light a fire and spear big red and get to cuddle a wallaby. Gwenda and Lucky wrote ” Thank you for a wonderful experience we both learnt today. We loved it”
Kym wrote “Bloody fantastic. Loved every minute”. Meredith from Washington DC ,wrote “You turned us all into artists – we couldn’t catch a Kangaroo but at least we can sell our art for dinner!!”

Busy May

We have had fails happening with Chinese agents and a film crew. School Kids Seniors and tours buses in so we have been very busy. Everyone has enjoyed their time with Manuel, painting, fire lighting and spear throwing. The wallabies have been very loved as well. Some comments were short but profound ” Made My day” “Great Experience. “Very illuminating and good humour.” Loved the painting and Manuel’s Stories. Michael and Saraina from Switzerland wrote ” We felt a lot of wisdom in the simple thinking “sun goes up, sun goes down, don’t worry about time and didn’t feel just like a tourist but like a student. Loved it”



Fun times for everyone

What a great start to the month of May.  We have had tourists from every state in Australia, British Columbia, Ohio, Cleveland  USA who thought the experience was “just awesomeness”!! Turkey, South Africa, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Italy,England and New Zealand. They have painted awesome Rarrk paintings. Lit fires, speared big red and cuddled our agile wallaby joeys. Some of the comments really summed it up for everyone.”Fantastic to experience the traditional way, best time ever. Manuel is funny interesting, a great bloke and a good teacher.

Busy April

Even though we were not officially open we had a very busy April. Firstly we made a trip to Brisbane to work on the TourismNT stand with 11 other operators.  It was great fun and good to catch up with everyone again and talk to the Brisbane crowd about all there is to see and do in the Northern Territory. Our stand won the award for best out door stand which was great. We had buses start to come in this month and some groups which included teachers and agents.  Everyone enjoy their time with Manuel and the wallabies. I have included some of their comments below:

Manuel thank you for teaching me how to paint, make fire and throw a spear.  When I get lost in the bush you will be the reason I survive.  You are very funny as well.  All the best. Georgia and Margaret

Awesome and lots of fun.  I really enjoyed the practical and useful learning.  We need more teachers like Manuel and friends to educate mainstream society about the local indigenous culture.  So much good stuff to learn.  Thanks Heath Jones

We are learning so much about native culture! Stories all fascinating.  The opportunity to learn how to do native art was great! Well worth a visit again.  Thanks heaps. Eric and Judy

Manuel you have given us a memory and an education we will remember for many years.  We will share your story with our 2 grandchildren.  We have loved the time you shared with us. Karen and Geoffrey

Thank you for sharing your story with us.  It was nice to learn about your culture, we now have a new appreciation for aboriginal art and we really enjoyed the experience of doing one ourselves. Lauren and Ed

Wow Manuel that was amazing.  I so appreciate Aboriginal artwork now.  Thank you for sharing hour stories and teaching. Julie and Donn

Thank you Manuel for teaching us your skills-sorry we couldn’t do it as well as you-it is very amazing how you can do your paintings. Thanks again we really enjoyed it.  Jim and Michelle.


Merry Christmas

We are closed for the season at Top Didj.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who came and visited us this year. We enjoyed making your stay in Katherine that little bit special doing the Cultural Experience with Manuel and getting to hold or feed an Agile wallaby. Manuel loves sharing his culture and art and is looking forward to 2017. We open again in May but give us a ring if your in Katherine in April as we will be around.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Art can still be purchased online.


Jessica concentrating on catching the million dollar fish while Manuel and Judy try and tell her about the danger they may be in.


OMG look at those teeth but Manuel and Jessica want to keep fishing for the million dollar fish.


What a hoot. Having fun with Tiffany at the Katherine Visitor Centre

Last bu for the year

Wayoutback came in with another very cosmopolitan group coming from Ireland, UK, Wales and Germany. Suzanne and Christine wrote “Very informative experience. Great afternoon with wonderful company. Added bonus with the wallabies being around.” Karen wrote, “Brilliant experience and interesting to hear about Manuel’s story. Thanks”. Dean thought it was an interesting experience and enjoyed meeting Manuel. Annette and Anke wrote, “Thank you so much for this wonderful experience. Brings our cultures closer together!!!! All the best.” Thank you everyone we at Top Didj had a great time as well.

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Very hot Monday morning

Melissa brought in her family from Darwin and family visiting from Melbourne. With the sprinkler on the roof it was lovely and cool. Melissa wrote “Thank you for such a wonderful cultural experience, Manuel you are a very kind and patient teacher and we loved learning about your culture. The painting was a highlight for me, and I loved your song.” Edna wrote “Wow thank you for sharing your cultural with us. We have enriched our minds and souls with your story, kind nature and natural teaching ability. Hannah wrote, “I loved getting to hold all the joey’s and doing stuff with spears. I especially loved the painting. We took a lot of pictures. I’m going to show to my school and class, also my friends. Thanks for the experience. PS Best place of the whole trip here in Katherine.” We are all happy that you had just a great time Hannah.
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