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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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An interesting morning

Tjapukai is near Trinity Bay, and it provides several kinds of cultural moments. There is a 20 minute film, outlining the indigenous people history. It's one of repression and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tjapukai is near Trinity Bay, and it provides several kinds of cultural moments. There is a 20 minute film, outlining the indigenous people history. It's one of repression and cruelty. There is also a dance piece and a demonstration of the didgeridoo. The part that I enjoyed was instruction on throwing the boomerang and spear. There is also a weapons... More 

Thank Peggy5757
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a fabulous place to visit and gave us a very enjoyable half-day, which we felt was great VFM. We arrived when it opened and, after having our faces dot-painted in bright colours by our host guide for the tour, we went into a introductory talk and film show about the way that the land was stolen from the... More 

Thank RetiredBritsAbroad
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent "cultural experience" - an education in aboriginal history and culture. Initially some sitting and watching multimedia shows, and then watching live performers. Later a chance to find out that throwing boomerangs and spears is trickier than it looks. A properly funded cultural park and well thought through learning experience.

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Herzliya, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The 'cultural' evening and dinner at Tjapukai was nice. It's certainly a tourist oriented attraction, and who ever wants to know something about Aboriginal culture should start reading and learning from other sources. As entertainment with a touch of local flavor it's done in good taste, service is good and smiling, and the premises are nicely arranged. Good shop also.

Thank Dan R
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My second visit and even better than last time, but the highlight is always the dance show. It combines stories with culture, history, and some fun laughs. Making fire with fire sticks is still a great thing to see. We also love the bush foods, boomerang throwing, and "kangaroo" hunting (bales of hay) with spears. I recognized Bagarra Bandjil (Rainforest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many artifices by local artists. Mostly reasonable prices. I bought a lovely shoulder bag with original design on it.

Thank Lesley H
Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed this ! It was a quiet Sunday morning so we managed to get a fairly personalised and intimate tour of Tjapukai. We chose the cultural creations tour however if you are not that interested in taking home a hand painted boomerang - I would just get general admission . We do love our boomerangs... More 

Thank Candy G
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've never been in favour of these interactive encounters with native people. Looks a bit the same in the US, Canada, East Africa and also Australia. If you like to participate in a dance, throw a boomerang or a spear, enjoy! Looked a bit bogus and fake, felt like these guys were just waiting to go home in their air... More 

Thank Peter D
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended the Tjapukai dinner show inside and then the campfire session outside. It was an amazing event and we highly recommend it. The souvenir shop is reasonably priced and a great place to pick up authentic hand made boomerangs. A great demonstration of the local history and demonstration of a Didgeridoo .

Thank Gary T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for the afternoon and thought this was a wonderful look at Aboriginal culture. It was very interactive as you learned about food and medicine and could try your hand at spear and boomerang throwing, have your face painted, and generally learn about traditional cultural practices.

Thank Susan M

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