DINE UNDER THE STARS FOR A UNIQUE AUSSIE EXPERIENCE AND HILARIOUS YARNS
Welcome to 2022, and lets hope we can keep Covid at bay so we can all have a great year and get out to play.
Due to illness we had to close in May but will be up and running by 1st of June to 1st October and this will be our last year. Bookings are coming in hard and fast so get in and plan your trip.
We have reduced our open days to 3 days, with some changes for groups. Tues/Thurs/Saturdays.
We have Australian Bush herbs and jams for sale so bring some cash and joosh up your own cuisine. Also selling at Katherine Community Markets every Saturday in May.
Marksie will be retiring at the end of 2022, so BUSINESS IS FOR SALE.
Its all portable so you can set up where-ever you want, and tell your own story.
JOIN US FOR AUSTRALIA'S MOST UNIQUE OUTBACK DINING EXPERIENCE and a BROLGA AWARD WINNER.
Our aim this year is to show our guests a wonderful marriage of white and Indigenous cultures, through our delicious food, flavoured from our native bush. We want to send your taste buds on a wild ride for the night, so don't miss it!
Find us on the Gorge Road at Katherine's Top Didj Cultural Experience grounds, in their gate and follow the solar lights and dirt road to end of property. Our site is just behind the new gallery at Top Didj.
Our 1922 Camp night is a Traditional Stockman's Dinner/Show, and a Tribute to all Australia's Camp Oven Outback Cooks who came before us.... Let us take you back 100 years, and "live" a bit of history.
Using only the best Beef, and lots of organic vegetables, our Stew and Dampers are flavoured with Native Bush fruits, foods, herbs and spices, for a taste sensation. Dine under the stars, around the campfire, with your hostess-with-the-mostess, Penny, who will look after you, while you enjoy Marksie's wild, outrageous, true and not-so-true stories, and some even a little bawdy. What's that? - don't let the truth get in the way of a good story? Ask him about emu nests! Marksie says he is our own Hugh Jackman look alike? (Hope Hugh turns up so we can check)
The campsite is reminiscent of a Stockman's Camp complete with bush sounds and free roaming wildlife. Sit back and enjoy the huge, star-filled sky, and share a few yarns while you sip your billy tea.
A truly unique Outback Bush Camp Tucker Experience, you wont get anywhere else.
Open 2nd April to 1st October 2022. This will be our last year.
This is our TV Advert for 2021...Hope you like it.
WHERE: TOP DIDJ GROUNDS ON
GORGE RD, KATHERINE, NT
WHEN: Open Tues/Thurs/Saturday subject to bookings
TIME: 7:00PM SHARP
PRICE: ADULTS $75
CHILDREN (2 - 13y) $40
Not recommended for under 5yrs
Bring Your Own ALCOHOL
We start to prepare your menu at 8:00 am, so that is why we need you to book early. We cook, IF you book. Set Menu, so need 24hrs notice for diets. Thank you.
Open for dinners April to end Sept 2022 (Dry Season) 3 Public nights
FULL REFUND IF 24 HRS NOTICE FOR INDIVDUALS
MINIMUM 1 WEEK NOTICE FOR GROUPS and BUSES
What will your review be...?
A nice experience listening to a real character!
We enjoyed the jokes, the stories and an evening just soaking up the warm open air. Thank you! The damper was a vast improvement on the dense tasteless 'slabs' that you mostly imagine when you think of damper generally. Two very yummy varieties on offer to lap up the stew juices! The gem scones for dessert were, by comparison, not quite as pleasant on the taste buds but then maybe it was just that damper followed by scones, after a stew with lots of potato was a bit much for us….. I guess we aren’t stockmen after all looking for LOTS of hearty carbs!! :) You won’t go hungry. I thought it might be quite childish when I booked in, but this camp tucker night really suits all ages and for us it added an element of good old fashioned fun to our trip. Just take along your easy going sense of humour and relax and have fun!! All the best to Marksie after he finishes up the show this year - go ahead and book in whilst he’s still operational.
Recommendation on Facebook
Marksie and the team put on an amazing camp tucker experience!!
Thank you for a very enjoyable evening and would definitely do it again when we visit Katherine!!!
Highly recommend!! Brad, July 18th 2021
Great dinner, really fun night out
Just an incredible night, with really great food, stories and laughs. We did the sounds of silence dinner in Uluru and a night at Marksie’s was much better (and so much better value for money!) ...would highly recommend if you have a night in Katherine. Ian June 2021
Been to Marksie’s camp tucker 2 days ago. The camp meal were delicious and Marksie and his staff were friendly and helpful. Really enjoy the food and experience. Definitely worth to go. Jing, May 2021
Night under the stars
We had a wonderful night at Marksie's-beautiful food and great (personalised) stories. Wonderful service from Marksie and Penny and their team of young workers (who also dealt with my husbands dietary requirements in a very friendly and efficient way)
We also stocked up on lots of spices and preserves for sale.
We recommend making a night of it at Marksie's- exceeded our already high expectations. Jen June 2021
Stockman Bush Tucker fusion in Katherine. My husband and I had a great night listening to Marksie’s stories and chatting with other tourists and locals at Marksie’s Camp Tucker Night. I loved Marksie and his wife Penny’s passion for the local community and their commitment to tribute to both traditional aboriginal culture and Australian Stockman history. Plus the food was delicious - a modern take on Stockman’s beef and veggie stew with a mix of bush herbs and spices, and a roast wattleseed (spices are hand-collected!) damper that has changed my memories of damper. Throw in a billie spinning competition and it makes for a memorable night in the Northern Territory! We haven’t come across anything else like it in the NT - it’s well worth a visit if you’re in Katherine during the dry season (Apr-Oct). Courtney, NSW April 2019
The generous helpings of food, delicious taste, great stories and very friendly staff. a great night! Gaye, Sept 19th 2021
I will always remember the evening in Marksie's camp as one of the most exciting in my life. The atmosphere was so wonderful! Fire, interesting stories and kangaroos bouncing around. And traditional Australian food was just amazing! A very Australian experience. Thank you Marksie and your team for hospitality and this beautiful evening.
Drakerus Aug 2019( Russia)
This was a first class night
This was a first class night out! Food was great, Marksie was very entertaining and the whole night moved along well. I was surprised when the night ended and I realized how late it was. I enjoyed the show and felt pleased to know that overseas visitors would get such an authentic, well organized Australian bush tucker experience. Grant, August 2020
We had a fantastic evening at Marksie's. The food, the yarns, the service and his knowledge was well worth it. He explained where all the ingredients came from and how he mixed them into what he was presenting for us. He explained how difficult it was to get hold of the information from the indigenous people to be even able to put this all together which was fascinating. We purchased some of the ingredients he had used in the meals and have since added them to our meat and fish with amazing results. This is a must do experience.
Grahame V, Cessnock NSW,
Absolutely amazing night.
Marksie and his team have gone above and beyond to make sure everyone had a fabulous experience. Our daughter is Gluten free and we have struggled a little while travelling until tonight. he made the most amazing gluten free version of tonight's menu and she felt so included with tastes and the meal. The food was beautiful and there was ample for everyone. the atmosphere was brilliant and while the insects were a pain, it could not be helped at all and they tried their best to assist in dealing with it. Cover your drink and spray bug spray which they even supply. Would definitely recommend this experience to anyone visiting Katherine. Kerri, NZ, April 2021
Great food and wonderful atmosphere!
Roelien Sweden, April 2021
Hosts, Penny and Geoff made us all feel immediately welcome around the campfire. The food was so good that my fussy 13 year old boy was keen for seconds and we loved the subtle flavours of the indigenous herbs and spices. Marksie entertained us with fascinating yarns of a stockman's life and the acquisition of the bush tucker knowledge. To be honest I was a bit concerned how our son would react to the evening but he embraced it - he loved the stories, the billy spinning and the resident little wallaby who we fed sweet potato. We wish Marksie luck in his quest to pass on the knowledge of bush tucker to the next generation!Lisa NSW May 2019
Marksie’s has for me three major selling points which when combined create the perfect outback dinner experience. The first selling point was it’s beautiful location, under a sky fall of stars the camps location, an isolated clearing surrounded on all sides by bush, turns into a magical and beautiful scene which seems like the set of some country movie. The second selling point was the food, the menu was jam packed full of aussie classics and favourites. The courses contained all the necessities cooked in a truly Aussie camp fire, a marriage of both Western and Indigenous cuisine and herbage. The third and arguably most important selling point for me was the atmosphere. An outback setting surrounded the meal spurred on by Marksies witty and engaging humour and topped off by a roaring fire from which many smaller fires sprouted working various camp ovens. Overall it was a night that was picture perfect and could only have been made better if it lasted forever. Ozzie traveller July 2018
What an amazing night!
The food was to die for but those scones were like heaven! Such a warm welcome when I got there too, for a solo traveller you made me feel right at home and like part of the family. A delicious dinner under the stars accompanied by some hilarious tales what more could you want from life! Marksie, Penny and the girls were so lovely and accommodating, I honestly can’t fault the night. Thanks so much guys, I take my hat off to all of you. PS Sorry I dropped the billy so many times but at least I learnt which hand is my proper spinning hand now 😂😂 Nic Sept 2020
"What a wonderful night's entertainment with an excellent dinner, good fun and the company of some very friendly wallaroos. Thanks Marksie and Penny, especially for the special meal for my wife. This is a must do event if you are visiting Katherine but you need to book and do it soon as Marksie is threatening to retire."
Noel Sep 2019
Authentic Outback Experience
Thank you Marksie for such a wonderful, lovely evening! We did the top end loop over the Easter, and out of everything we did and saw this was one of my favourite. Marksie couldn't have been more welcoming and accommodating, and it's so nice to meet people with such a strong passion for what they do. My Dad, brother, husband and myself all LOVED the food - it was seriously delicious, and also learned a lot about the culture. I'm so happy we decided to do this, and would highly recommend this experience to anyone traveling to the Northern Territory. Thanks Marksie Katherine and Quade USA April 2019
My parents and I had a great time at Markies dinner. Penny and Markies are very welcoming and work so hard to slow cook you a lovely dinner. We all local organic ingredients. We were all amazed how much we learnt about all the native herbs. Things we have heard of before. Penny made a gluten free damper and gem scones for me. They tasted amazing. One of the most memorable nights we have had. The food was just perfect in every way. A must to do in Katherine."
Jorja L Aug 2019
Wow. What a great setting for an evening of great tales and camp tucker. The authentic setting ,sitting watching the billy boil and smelling the aromas of the beef stew which had been simmering all day was tantalising. Marksie made you feel welcome from the moment you arrive until it is time to leave (one more story for the road). His Aussie yarns of a Stockman's life were enthralling and hilarious. His team (Penny and 2 high school girls) helped make the night run like clockwork. The damper ..yum . The beef stew ... melted in your mouth . The scones .. to die for. I even got a certificate for spinning the billy without dropping it. Did not want the night to end . Would recommend it a a must to on your trip" Erica, NSW, June 2019
Thanks to all your wonderful reviews we are No 1 Restaurant in Katherine and we are still number 1 in the Top End!
We have been awarded another Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, thanks to you all.