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Address: Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 4042 9999
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Great Night, But a little pricey

My husband and I went to the show and dinner at night and really enjoyed the evening. We saw lots of aboriginal artwork, a terrific show and had a photo with all the Aborigines... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Gabby J
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place really provided what we came for. Interactive and informative aboriginal experience. Highly recommend.

Thank Iva M
Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When I think of Queensland I will remember my time with the Tjapukai people, sitting under the trees painting and swapping stories with Bagarra Bandjil, hearing about her culture and walking through the bush learning about bush medicine (there is so much to learn about our native plants and how we could be using them). My time there will stand... More 

Thank Jill T
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I went to the show and dinner at night and really enjoyed the evening. We saw lots of aboriginal artwork, a terrific show and had a photo with all the Aborigines. Only disappointments were that the show could of gone longer as the dinner seemed to take up a lot of time. Maybe start at 6:30pm and... More 

Thank Gabby J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic place to visit. Very interesting and had lots of fun. Learnt Im no good throwing a Boomerang but great at throwing a spear. All the staff were excellent.

Thank Jtopps
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had Derek and he was a great guide - we learned a lot and had some fun throwing boomerangs and spears. The live performances were good. We were disappointed that we could not eat the buffet as you have to pre-order it (which seems strange) and that we couldn't see everything because there was a wedding reception on- however... More 

Thank B6473FFinfo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour started with a very moving and dramatic film which gave a snapshot into the origins of the Aboriginal culture before the arrival of the Europeans. After we were given an instruction into spear throwing, medicine, art, and we could have done much more. If you have little knowledge of the Aboriginal history this visit is a must. Very... More 

Thank Kevs_and_Deirdre
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a good half day exploring all on offer here and it turns out I am a pretty good spear thrower and my husband can throw boomerangs pretty well. My 5 year old loved hearing the didgeridoo and learning about the bush. We also did some craft activities, saw an amazing dance performance and explore dthe lovely grounds. Well... More 

Thank Mandy B
Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The cafe has only recently gone into business but has some delicious options - I tried the bush tomato quiche chips & salad with aoli & a drink for under $15! I think she undercharged me but didn't get a receipt so couldn't check. All the foods were flavoured with indigenous spices - the aoli was delicious as were the... More 

Thank Lew26
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is certainly a cool introduction to aboriginal culture. We enjoyed learning to throw spears and boomerangs. Our kids loved making their jewelry and painting their own boomerang.

Thank tinku928
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I felt the experience for me was overshadowed by the lack of authenticity which may have been missed by overseas visitors unaware. That is that the performers were islander men- 4 of the 5 at least- not aboriginal. Islanders don't dress, speak, dance the same as aboriginals and they don't have corroborees. They have different culture. It's a shame to... More 

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