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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

., Smithfield, Queensland 4878, Australia
61 7 40429999
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Ranked #4 of 5 attractions in Smithfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums, Theaters, History Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Experience authentic Aboriginal culture through exhibits and performances in five theaters, a museum, art gallery, and a traditional Aboriginal camp.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Solvang, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The Australians don't seem to like talking about their Aboriginal tribes except for selling their art. We found the cultural center a wonderful place to hear about the history, mythology, native arts and musical styles of the Aboriginies, particularly the tribe which was local to the Cairns area. We enjoyed the personal interactions with the tribe members who were teaching... More

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

The park could really do with a management change along with the construction change, nobody knows what is going on what a shame, the idea is there they just can't execute it. If it wasn't for bus loads of tourists who know no better the place would simply fail. You have great staff Managment fail big time.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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229 reviews 229 reviews
128 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I strongly recommend a visit to Tjapukai. People were friendly, we learned a ton, and the beautiful setting / interactive nature of the park made it really fun. A perfect half-day activity. I have to strongly disagree with other reviewers who implied the park is somehow exploitative of Aboriginal culture. I have been to other places which exploit local culture... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Brilliant!!! We only spent half a day here due to Kuranda Skyrail boarding, we should have spent a whole day here which we would have preferred, there is so much to learn and this is a great experience for everyone to do. There is also a night cultural performance and dinners which would have been great to experience but we... More

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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We went here in the day time - I suspect the dinner and show would be even more spectacular. We saw their dance show, practised spear and boomerang throwing, watched the artists, listened to the didgeridoo, learnt about bush food and medicines, and made fire!! (Harder than it looks) It is an amazing place and the staff were very welcoming... More

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Cairns
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

One of the best things we've done in Cairns, fantastic experience and a great laugh. Performances were brilliant and the staff were so kind and a great crack. Food also was so good! Recommend to anyone,

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Friendly knowledgable staff, great facilities and exciting activities made this a day to remember. Our children were spoiled and have come away with a whole new appreciation of Aboriginal culture. Thank you for a great day!!

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We LOVED the visit --- Moon (or Moonshine as my husband called him) was so wonderful and kind and patient-- esp. with my 13 yr old son who wanted to learn the Didgeridoo and actually did! --- and the guys in the spear and boomerang throwing area were just a wonderful! Glad it wasn't crowded the day we went (summer... More

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

As said, it is not as good as it could be. The didgeridoo explanation and even more the didgeridoo teacher were really great. Spear- and boomerang-throwing you only got three trys even tough there was nobody else waiting. One dance show (Torres Strait Islanders) was very poor, the other one was okay, but not more. Bush food and medicine talk... More

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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Awful, boring....and the performer look line they feel they're being exploited. Just horrible...this defines the worst of the worst of diluting a rich cultural heritage. Avoid at all cost.

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