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“Did the dinner show”

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We went with four adults to the dinner show. The show was well done and the singers and dancers really engaged. The information was interesting and they got audience to participate. The dinner itself was plentiful. Was a bit confusing as was buffet but no one said it was just told to take our table so we sat for a bit before asking if we could just begin..maybe too Canadian :)
A bottle of wine at table included and a welcome sparkling wine.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

I am very interested in Aboriginal culture but so often, these cultural centres are not really interested in inter-acting with visitors. Not so here at Tjapukai. Throughout our morning visit, we felt welcome and the friendliness of everyone added to the experience of learning so much about the Aboriginals in this area, their culture and how they relate to other Aboriginals in neighbouring areas. It is recommended that you arrive in time to meet in an auditorium where your guide explains so much, and then as a group you are led to an amazing show that blends modern and traditional portraying a dreamtime legend. From here you move on to a live show that also incorporates the traditional way of making fire, and then outside for demonstrations of bush foods and medicines, spear and boomerang throwing. Everything is done in a professional but friendly way and the whole area is well maintained and a pleasure to just walk through. A cafeteria and retail gallery complete the complex.

Thank Ann W
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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

I had seen this 20 yrs ago when it was in kuranda & it was a highlight. This recent visit was disappointing. Such an amazing culture but presented clinically and almost robotic & without passion. Left feeling we got the 'B' show! Wouldn't bother again and wouldn't recommend for the $36 each

Thank Caroline C
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

As visitors from the US, we were very interested in learning about aboriginal history. The entire morning was well-done and we enjoyed the multi-media presentation, dance demonstration, foods and medicine talk, boomerang and spear-throwing demo and participation, and the didgeridoo concert. The staff were friendly and passionate about sharing their heritage. We had been concerned it might feel exploitative or insincere but not at all. We came away with a much better understanding and an even deeper respect for the first peoples of Australia. If you visit Australia, you should experience aboriginal culture.

Thank CliftonTriangle
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Tjapukai Q, Owner at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2013

Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Tjapukai and left with a better understanding of Australia's Indigenous Culture. Thank you for sharing :)

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

The highlight was throwing a Boomerang and Spear. Others were in a protected area as each participant had two tries at throwing a boomerang. You learned how hard it is for a beginning to control the direction of the boomerang. Most only threw a spear 5 feet, hardly enough to take down any prey. There were four shows, all above average. But the total show time was less than 2 1/2 hours, and the cost with transfer and very basic buffet lunch was $90+.

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