You glance at your kids giggling and chatting with their new Aboriginal friends and marvel at what an amazing day you are all having. You’ve swum together in a spring-fed pool, eaten kangaroo tail for lunch, learnt to play a didgeridoo, and painted the traditional way using ochres and brushes made out of reeds. Now you are sitting in the shade of a huge mango tree, making string from the bark of a kurrajong tree. Soon you will be learning how to throw spears, and find your own bush foods. This time spent in the heart of an Aboriginal community – sharing their life and culture – is sure to be a highlight of your trip.

Contact details

Depart from Katherine accommodation or self-drive to Manyallaluk (100 km); (08) 8972 1253 or 1300 146 743

Depart early morning for a whole day tour, Apr–Oct
Minimum age 5 years

Price range


Don't Miss

■ The chance to unwind. Part of your experience will be adjusting to the slow, relaxed Aboriginal lifestyle.

■ Visiting the community store (Monday–Friday), where you can buy paintings on bark or canvas, didgeridoos, pandanus baskets and mats, string bags, beads, small sculptures, clap sticks and fire sticks.

Fabulous Facts

The 3000-square-kilometre property of Manyallaluk was a cattle station in the early 1900s, but it has now been returned to the Aboriginal people. This tourism venture provides the community with self-determination and employment. The venture has been so successful it has won three consecutive national tourism awards, gaining a place in the Tourism Hall of Fame.

Insider Tips

■ Other skills demonstrated on your tour include fire-lighting, weaving pandanus leaves, and how to use plants for medicine and bush tucker.

■ Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, walking shoes and a full water bottle.
■ There are facilities for camping if you want to stay overnight.
■ Sometimes tours cannot operate in April due to flooded roads.

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