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Address: Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4042 9999
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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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Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai by Night Tour including Buffet Dinner

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A little insight into indiginous culture

The first thing to remember about this event, is that it is run specifically for visitors. Indulge in some face painting to get you into the mood of the evening, together with a... read more

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

The first thing to remember about this event, is that it is run specifically for visitors. Indulge in some face painting to get you into the mood of the evening, together with a welcome drink and canapes. It is well organised or orchestrated so you feel safe during all the various performances and getting to and from the different areas.... More 

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Leakey, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The programs were highly informative as well as entertaining. I could feel the staff members' enthusiasm and belief in the importance of sharing their story with others. Music, dance, food, weapons - so much to see, hear & experience. Very good introduction to Australia's indigenous people. Truly a must-do.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only thing keeping this from a 1 star review is the performers who were excellent and performed for about an hour. However, the food was terrible (think standard bad banquet style food) and on top of the AUD 150 we had paid per person they charge an additional fee for any drinks (including soft drinks).

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Dear Carl, I am very concerned to read your recent review and would like the opportunity to discuss your visit with you. Please feel free to make contact at Tjapukai or via my email bryce.madgwick@tjapukai.com.au so that I can gather further details about your visit. We do take pride in being one of the largest indigenous employers and currently have... More 

so cal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The facilities in the park were excellent. The theater and other buildings were pretty spectacular. They gave several demonstrations of the culture and then took us outside where we threw boomerangs and spears like aboriginal hunters. We ate the buffet at the Flame Tree restaurant which was OK.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great night, learnt a bit about the Aboriginal heritage, watched the dancing, fire making then topped it off with a nice buffet meal

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived on Sunday morning to find a large group of students already in the reception area. They were having great fun being decorated for the tour ahead. We, and others in our group, had to wait (and wait) then another presenter was persuaded to take us. We missed out on the initial introduction and went to the boomerang and... More 

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Dear Phillip, I am very concerned to read your recent review and would like the opportunity to discuss your visit with you. Please feel free to make contact at Tjapukai or via my email bryce.madgwick@tjapukai.com.au so that I can gather further details about your visit. We do take pride in being one of the largest indigenous employers and currently have... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did the night tour which included dinner. The Aboriginal performers were very good. The crowd were included to join in which made it fun. The dinner was nice and included Crocodile which I thought was delicious. Nice photo opportunity at the end with the performers which unlike other places did not cost extra. The gift shop had some lovely... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 5 year old as I wanted him to learn a bit about aboriginal culture during our holiday. Everyone was so friendly and the different performances and experiences were a good length for him and entertaining for me. Had a great time and came away feeling we had learned a bit more about the Aborigine people.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Educational and fun things to do for the kids. Very slick video presentation. Worth a visit. Wasn't very busy when we went.

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Tallahassee
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There were 5 performers for our evening and I seriously doubt that ANY of them are full-blooded aborigines! In fact, I have doubts that any of them have any aborigine background. Their show was well choreographed and entertaining but seemed to have very little to do with the thousands-of-years history of the aborigine people. The "delicious" buffet dinner was not... More 

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