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Address: Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, Queensland 4870, Australia
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+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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Cool introduction to aboriginal culture

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

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Ballarat, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

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Thank Lew26
Raceland
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58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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.

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Thank tinku928
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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Markham, Ontario
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I bought an online ticket for 10% off, when I decided to fill a couple hours in the morning. They don't really explain the format of the experience online, but you first get ushered into a room for a presentation on Tjapukai culture with a Q&A at the end. Next we were taken to another room, with impressive technology and... More 

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Thank Vera S
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading mixed review we went with some trepidation. To start off with the two people face painting didn't see very enthusiastic but as the morning moved along it became a lot better. My kids, 8 and 12, said they loved it so that's good enough for me. We all learnt a lot about the culture, history and specific tribe... More 

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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got picked up by our host Hillary, a delightful lady who taught us a lot about so many different topics, she is amazing. She drove us to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and back safely on windy, dark and wet roads. The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a very nice way to better understand the Aboriginal culture, although I... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for dinner at the Night Fire show not sure what to expect. We had our faces painted upon arrival the meaning of each one was explained later on. The evening started with canapes (barramundi, emu or cucumber finger food) which were all really good, and entertained by a dreamtime story and didgeridoo. We were then taken to see... More 

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Thank anthony r
Honolulu, Hawaii
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10 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here 18 years ago as a newly married couple and had a great time. We now have a six year old and wanted to share this experience with him. It was a waste of time. First of all, the website made it virtually impossible to truly figure out what you were doing. I emailed with specific questions and... More 

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Management response:

Dear Reviewer, 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 

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