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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

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Address: Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: 61 7 40429999
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai. Explore the rich history of...

Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai. Explore the rich history of the world's oldest living cultural experience with performance, dance, food and the arts. By Day, learn how to throw a boomerang, gain an understanding into bush foods and hunting techniques. See live performances from the world famous Tjapukai Dance Troupe and the Torres Strait Island Dancers. Enhance you day at Tjapukai with a guided Bush Food Trail through the parklands and sample native jams or create your own souvenirs with our Cultural Creations package. By Night, be immersed in the mystical stories of the dreamtime and be included in a Fire Ceremony with Buffet Dinner and a spectacular Dance Show. However you choose to enjoy it, a visit to Tjapukai is the perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of Australia's diverse Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander heritage.

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What an experience. Cultural dancing, food walks, stories of creation and one of the most honest and open conversations I have had in a long time. When you walk into the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Airlie Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a very interesting and enjoyable park to learn about the lifestyle and history of the Tjapukai tribe, native to the Cairns region. You learn about their foods, their tools and weapons, their dance and art, and their religion. My favorite part was throwing the boomerangs and spears. If you choose to eat at the cafe I recommend the... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The animals of the land, the birds of the sky, the creatures of the sea lived in harmony, leading to peace and happiness on earth. This is the introduction to the culture and the dreamstories of the Tjakupai community. The whole walkaround is an immersive experience with stories shared by the People from community themselves. Very personal and very friendly.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is well worth a visit for an introduction to Aboriginal culture. Lots to do: watch a dance (the only thing that seems a bit touristy, but it's important); learn to throw a spear; throw a boomerang (mine really came back!!! So excited...) Learn about bush foods and medicines; didgeridoos; art; and religious beliefs. The time here just flew... More 

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Airlie Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an experience. Cultural dancing, food walks, stories of creation and one of the most honest and open conversations I have had in a long time. When you walk into the park it looks like any other building but as you are greeted with a friendly smile the experience starts. Walking through the main building there is stunning art works... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the evening and dinner show we attended. The initial servers were great, but special mention must be made of Faye, who was just lovely and seemed like the happiest lady in the world. The show was great too, and we learnt a lot about Aboriginal culture from the main performer, who took the time to explain everything in good... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park was not what I expected, but in many ways it was better. The park seemed to be organised on a wish and a prayer, with many of the activities revolving around the bigger tour groups and what they wanted to do (despite the brochure we were given, which stated specific times for each activity). Some activities... More 

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Thank Zoe E
Orem, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, what you want to know. Where they come from. What they do. How they live. Enjoy their music and ceremonies. Throw a boomerang. Throw a spear. Do a craft. Learn about an indigenous people. Well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very interesting and nice experience... they share the culture and the practices of the aboriginal native people of Australia.... the package includes welcome drink and food along with the cultural show.... they even paint your face as per their culture.... if you are lucky they even call you on the stage and perform

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wasn't too sure what to expect but what a great day out. You get to learn a lot about Aboriginal cultural and have fun bomerang and spear throwing. The people who work there are so passionate about their culture and enjoy sharing it with visitors. Only negative thing is price, feel it is just a tad expensive but worth doing.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had this as part of a group package with the sky rail and train. Wasn't sure what to expect but turned out to be a really excellent experience. Learnt a great deal and found the spear and boomerang throwing great fun as never done it before. Buffet lunch was delicious with a great selection.

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