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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 older children, Activities for young children
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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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12 reviews 12 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Great evening out. Very friendly , relaxed hosts. Great for the kids. Food was very nice. Performers took time out to answer our questions. I only wish we had time to visit the centre during the day aswell to try the boomerang throwing etc.

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Mackay, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This would have to be a not to be missed travel destination for all tourists. My family and I learnt a lot about the first Australians and it deepened our respect and understanding of their private culture. From spear and boomerang throwing to watching a fire starting ceremony and aboriginal dancing, it was a cultural fest. Thank you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This is perfect if you want to have amazing food a welcome drink and learn about tjapukai s culture. The people there are amazing and saskia really looked after me which really made my night. The dancing, singing, fire show I can't big it up enough. The message truck was also remarkable and even had nelson mandelas print on. Loved... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

My husband & I attended the dinner & show and really enjoyed ourselves. It started with some traditional face paint from the dancers, then a fire lighting ceremony outside which was really fun and the dancers made us feel like we were really involved in an ancient ritual. We followed that with a buffet dinner and then a show with... More

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Hampshire
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Highly recommend a visit here. We visited with our 2 children ages 6 and 8. There are several short talks which were informative and interesting as well as entertaining . Each only lasted 10 to 15 mins so never lost peoples interest and had plenty of chance to ask questions at the end. Several activities to try out including boomerang... More

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