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Warlirr Season

This is when many of the trees are dropping leaves and waterholes are drying out. Surface water is harder to find and many birds fly around a lot looking for water. We have to venture further to find the reed that we make the Jalk brushes from. Good fun was had today by a couple, Steve and Fi and the Gough family from Melbourne. Lexie Gough wrote ” I loved this morning! It was amazing” Dad wrote “Fantastic Day!! Thanks to Manuel for his help and knowledge. Top Bloke”
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Didgeridoo Man

We had a family come in on Monday as their son wanted to buy a didgeridoo which he did and they decided to come back and do the cultural experience with Manuel the next day. Jack had mastered the drone by then and Manuel gave him a few hints. Great paintings were achieved, and the fire was lit. “The best gallery we have seen. The cultural experience with Manuel was awesome. Thanks Alex and Manuel.
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Friday Already!!!

Time sure flies when you’re having fun.  We have lots of that at Top Didj. “FUN”. Willem and Patricia really enjoyed themselves.  We have had lots from Riksja Online Travel in the Netherlands.  All have appreciated the time Manuel takes to help them with their paintings and they love his story telling.  The Sabine family had lots of fun. Dad got the fire lit and Hugo hit Big Red. The kids helped at the end by giving Ted and Bones our two wallabies their bottles of milk.  Both big kids and little kids thought it was all fabulous.

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PR and Social Media CE

Tourism NT’s International PR and social media reps came in early this morning to see what we have to offer their clients when they come to experience the NT. The wallabies were a great hit and great to cuddle as it was a cold morning. Well we thought it was. Manuel did what he does best and explained what life was like living in the bush and showed them how to do a “beautiful” rarrk painting and indeed they did just that, very impressive. Some thoughts from the agents were, “Thank you so much – you’re a funny fella” “had an amazing time thank you” “Fabulous! Thank you” “Fabulous experience really enjoyed it” “Fantastic. Your’e very charming Manuel”
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Rosebery Middle School

Manuel had five tourist in the morning for a CE but I have no images as I was at the dentist. Say know more. But I was hands on deck for the afternoon group who where from Rosebery Middle School in Palmerston. What a great bunch of kids. Their paintings where awesome. Each group were able to rub the fire stick together enough to get the grass alight, but we ending up with nothing to cook as no one hit big red. The wallabies were popular. Thanks Rosebery Middle School for a great afternoon. All of us at Top Didj hope you enjoyed your time in Katherine.

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Awesome, deadly Wednesday

We only had three people booked in for this afternoon, then the Halewood family turned up to make it 7. Alex and Manuel got the fire going (the others warmed it up for them) Jake hit Big Red. The Halewood family wrote “Loved the session with Manuel, he was a great teacher. Awesome, deadly session” The Greens wrote ” An absolute highlight of our trip so far. Brilliant. Kids wrote “That was amazing and fun. I loved (heart shape) it.”

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Cool Saturday

We have been getting the best weather now for a while and its great. Today was just glorious with great families in to do the Cultural Experience.  The Toi family had a wonderful time but I can’t write what they said as it’s in Japanese!!!  I’m sure it’s all good.  Bastien’s family wrote “Great Experience.  Thank you for enjoyable workshop and fun getting an idea of aboriginal lifestyle.




Great Day

We had the Seniors in for a quick look around and Joey cuddle. Our two Helpxers, Stephane and Mathilde joined in with the Mitchell family and had a great afternoon with Manuel. The Mitchells wrote. “The best Indigenous cultural experience anywhere!! great for adults and kids”

Seniors having a good time with our joeys.


Mitchell Family








Fire Lighting

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2nd School Group

Another school group came in on Sunday afternoon. Great fun was had by all. Great paintings. Every group got their fire going but no one hit big red, safe for another day. Bones, Ted and Floyd our wallabies enjoyed all the attention. Some comments from the kids. “Awesome Experience” “Great Teacher” Highlight of my time in NT. Well Done” “Amazing Experience”

Ted love the attention


Bones getting a cuddle


Floyd having a good look around


Ted checking to make sure everyone is doing their paiting

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National Georgraphy Traveller

We had three people in from National Georgaphy Traveller, the world’s most widely-read travel magazine. It’s the most downloaded Chinese travel magazine in app store, and the best issue has been downloaded 400,000 times 30 days after it’s launched. It has changed to bi-weekly iPad magazine since 2013. They loved doing their paintings and listening to Manuel talk about his time living in the bush. Can’t tell you what they wrote as its in Chinese!!!! Looks impressiveIMG_5447 IMG_5448 IMG_5450 IMG_5451 IMG_5452 IMG_5454 IMG_5456 IMG_5457

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