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Manyallaluk - The Dreaming Place



Aboriginal Australia
Learning Weaving



Art site Nipanjang



We people of
Manyallaluk welcome
you to come
and share our culture


All eyes of the small group of visitors are focused intently on the dark expressive face of Manual Pamkal framed by his broad brimmed stockman's hat. Crouched by the trickling stream feeding a small pool this senior Aboriginal man, president of the community council and head guide, is speaking in soft modulated tones telling the frog dreaming story which is the essence of Manyallaluk. The day’s activities have involved learning about the food and medicinal qualities of the diverse plants and trees of the area, how to make bush string from the bark of the Kurrajong tree, matching spear throwing skills with the deadly accuracy of guides like Peter or Richard, painting your own picture with traditional ochres and fine hair brushes made from reeds and marvelling at the pandanus weaving skills of Lorraine, Brenda and Mary Ann.

Sitting under the spreading shade of a huge Mango tree, the group is well sated on a lunch of ground oven cooked kangaroo tail, fresh backed damper bread, Barramundi wrapped in paper bark and an array of fresh salad washed down with large mugs of black billy tea. After seven years of dedication and effort, a committed group of this small Aboriginal community have crafted an enriching experience to enthral and educate an ever growing number of visitors from all parts of the world. From just camping and enjoying the ambience of this special place to joining the regular one day cultural tour or going on a special charter to the stone country, rock art and waterhole in the backcountry, Manyallaluk is one of the gems of experiencing Aboriginal Australia.

Good travelling!

Joc Schmiechen

 

:: OVERVIEW

Manyallaluk is a 3,000 square kilometre property in the Northern Territory bordered by Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk National Park and Kakadu National Park and was formerly known as the Eva Valley cattle station with a history dating back to the early 1900s. The property is owned and operated by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. The name of the community today, Manyallaluk, refers to a Frog Dreaming site just to the east of the community. The Jawoyn landowners share their community and traditional ceremonial relationships with people from the Mayali, Ngalkbon and Rembarrnga Language groups.

Today Manyallaluk is at the forefront of Aboriginal tourism and is the only indigenous operator to have won a place in the Tourism Hall of Fame for winning three consecutive national tourism awards.

Manuel Pamkal, Chief Guide and one of the founding members of this unique tourism enterprise, proudly states that this exciting venture has provided self-determination and employment to the community of Manyallaluk. “Through tourism we are keeping our culture alive by sharing it with visitors and passing it to our children”.

The Manyallaluk Experience is a sharing experience. It gives you the unique opportunity to meet people in their environment, showing and sharing with you a culture that dates back beyond 40,000 years. You will be made to feel welcome and your time spent at Manyallaluk will be relaxed and comfortable. All tours are designed for you to become involved and have a go yourself.

:: AREA MAP




:: MANYALLALUK ITINERARY

Nipanjang waterhole

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Manyallaluk ladies weaving pandanus



Manual Pamkal Senior guide



Bush food lunch


:: LOCATION

Manyallaluk is located 100 kilometres from Katherine in the Northern Territory (about a 90 minute drive).

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:: FACILITIES

• Modern amenities; toilets, showers, disabled toilet and shower
• Grassed and shady camping and unpowered caravan area (power can be arranged)
• Community store - where locally made artefacts can be purchased.
• Public phone; ISD and STD
• Small swimming hole fed by a freshwater spring
• BBQ area
• Area for coaches

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:: ACTIVITIES

Options include:

1 Camp and relax in our peaceful surroundings.

2 Participation in the One Day Manyallaluk Culture Tour, the best way to meet the Aboriginal people. Spend the day with the local Aboriginal people sharing their culture and providing you with a hands on experience you will never forget! Participants staying in Katherine would be picked up at 8:00am.

3 Special tours, day or overnight, can be arranged to Nipanjang, a spectacular rock grotto with clear water for swimming. There is also the opportunity to view rock art located nearby.

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:: PLEASE NOTE

Manyallaluk is an alcohol free area, by law, at the request of the traditional owners.


 

 



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