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Manyallaluk is a 3000 square kilometre area bordered by Arnhem Land and Nitmiluk and Kakadu National Parks. In the early 1900s it was a cattle station known as Eva Valley. It is owned and operated by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people who share their community and traditional ceremonial relationships with the Mayali, Ngalkbon and Rembarrnga people. They are warm and friendly people who genuinely like to receive visitors.
Manyallaluk means "frog dreaming". The area is at the forefront of Aboriginal tourism and guides are well-informed about its past. Mythology, culture and the environment are all interesting topics, and activities include gathering bush tucker, art and crafts and spear-throwing.
The last 35km of road into Manyallaluk is unsealed and it is a good idea to check road conditions, particularly if you are driving a conventional vehicle. The wet season runs from November to May.
The day begins with a short bush walk and you will be shown a nest of green ants, crucial in the preparation of healing medicines.
Lunch is cooked over hot coals and will possibly be barramundi with lemon myrtle, or maybe kangaroo tail with salad and damper. And of course there is billy tea on offer. In the afternoon it's hands-on time. The women show you how to weave pandanus into baskets and how to dye the leaves by using berries. With the men you are shown how to throw a spear or woomera, light a fire and play a didgeridoo.
An on-site shop sells art work, weaving and didgeridoos if you fancy a souvenir of your day.
One-and-a-quarter hours from Katherine in the Northern Territory
Manyallaluk Aboriginal Culture Tours start at $110 per adult, including lunch. They run between April and November.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Manyallaluk Aboriginal Culture Tours
PMB 134 Katherine NT 0852
Ph: (08) 8795 4727
Fax: (08) 8975 firstname.lastname@example.org
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