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Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai Night Tour including Buffet Dinner

Highlights
  • Experience a traditional cultural performance by local Tjapukai people
  • Have the option to participate in an Aboriginal fire-making ceremony
  • Taste dishes made with Australian items like kangaroo, alligator, and emu 
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Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai Night Tour including Buffet Dinner
From USD 89.83
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Departing CairnsMost Popular
Tjapukai by Night Aboriginal cultural experience departing Cairns at 6:40pm. Includes hotel pickup and drop off, welcome drink, lakeside ceremony, dance show and buffet dinner.
From USD 110.28
Tjapukai by Night Only
Includes general admission, cultural performance and buffet dinner. No transport is included you will have to make your own way to the cultural park
From USD 89.83
Departing Northern Beaches
Tjapukai by Night Aboriginal cultural experience departing Northern Beaches at 6:40pm. Includes hotel pickup and drop off, welcome drink, lakeside ceremony, dance show and buffet dinner.
From USD 143.88
Overview
Learn about the rich traditions of the local Tjapukai people during an evening of culture and cuisine at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Indigenous performers share stories of the rain forest through music, dance, and chanting, followed by an international buffet dinner. Two upgrade options include a drink and predinner lakeside ceremony, plus pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Cairns or Cairns’ northern beaches.
What to Expect

Your evening begins with pickup from your hotel in Cairns or Cairns’ northern beaches, from where you transfer to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

Upon arrival, your hosts provide a glass of sparkling wine (if option selected) before the musical didgeridoo calls you to the rain forest theater where the Tjapukai people tell their dreamtime story. If you take part in the lakeside ceremony before dinner, join an Aboriginal chanting, dance, and music experience that ends with a fire-making ceremony and a canoe escort to the dining area. 

Enjoy an international buffet dinner with a variety of appetizers, some made with native ingredients, and hot and cold dishes served with dessert, coffee, and tea. 

After dinner, the performers invite you to the campfire for photos and conversation before your evening ends with transportation back to your hotel (if option selected). If time allows, you can visit the Tjapukai Fine Art Gallery before your departure.

Itinerary
CANAPES
Daily selection from a range of canapes
  • Braised emu with pureed sweet yam 
  • Kangaroo koftas
  • Lemongrass-scented tuna on cucumber
  • Sugarcane skewered crocodile

BUFFET DINNER MENU
Please note that menu is subject to change due to seasonal availability

Bread
  • Freshly baked damper
Soup
  • Red miso soup with traditional condiments
  • Butternut pumpkin soup with sour cream and shallots
Salads
  • Freshly prepared local salads
  • Roasted sweet potato and macadamia salad
  • Banana flower salad
  • A selection of assorted condiments, chutneys and dressings
Seafood
  • Mussels in Davidson plum 
  • Prawns with lemon myrtle aioli
Hot Selection
  • Grilled rib eye dusted with mountain pepper and forest mushrooms
  • Lemon aspen braised chicken breast on wilted greens
  • Steamed fish with ruby grapefruit and dill cream
  • Roast pork with accompanying sauces
  • Roasted chat potatoes
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Steamed rice
Dessert
  • Selection of daily prepared desserts – Davidson plum cheesecake, Gluten free chocolate brownies, Lemon myrtle tarts, Caramel chocolate tarts
  • Fresh fruits and cream
North Queensland gold coffee & Daintree tea
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Reviews (112)
1 - 5 of 38 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Fab conference dinner

A terrific location backed up with excellent service, fab food (particularly rate the lemon myrtle dessert) and fun indigenous dancing

Thank katev69
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
dance

a aboriginal entertainment center for tourists. They had huts like they originally lived in. they had stations where they explained aspects of their living. The meal was so so. The dessert was the highlight of the evening. It was very good.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank k1200lt2010
Reviewed 1 November 2018
Awesome!

Great music and dancing, wonderful history and culture, delicious buffet dinner where we tried exotic-to-us stuff like kangaroo and crocodile. Fabulous gift shop, too! I just wish we'd had enough time to get there for the day events as well.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank DanikaL22
Reviewed 24 October 2018
Very good Tour and dinner

I came here as part of an organised tour in the evening. On arrival we were served with drinks and canapés. We enjoyed a great outdoor performance before dinner which was served buffet style and was very enjoyable. There was also a performance after dinner...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Valerie K
Reviewed 29 September 2018
Belated birthday experience

Rather than just go to a restaurant for a meal during my sisters brief visit , we chose to spend a bit extra and include entertainment with a wonderful buffet meal. I think I was the only Cairns local that night other than the Tjapukai...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AnnG24
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Response from Onnie_13 | Reviewed this property |
Most definitely. Ample parking out the front. We went at night and experienced no difficulties.
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