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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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Worth a visit to find out about North Queensland's original inhabitants

This place was surprisingly sparsely attended on mid-day Saturday when we came here. It is an ambitious development that took a lot of investment but seems to be underutilized... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 October 2016
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I was afraid this place would be cheesey and artificial but I found it to be a true cultural experience. First you have a multi-media presentation with real Aborigines about the creation of the world, then you go to an amphitheater for a song and dance spectacle with audience participation. Next you are led around the property to learn about... More 

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Second time to Tjapukai but this time we are joining a different session, Tjapukai by Night. and it is AMAZING ! Always love to explore and to learn about the aboriginal culture and the Tjapukai by Night offers a totally different experience than the day show! The night began with facial painting and welcome drinks and snacks. There are about... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This place was surprisingly sparsely attended on mid-day Saturday when we came here. It is an ambitious development that took a lot of investment but seems to be underutilized. One reason might be the steep price of admission. Although it is not much more than a one-way ride on the Skyrail. We enjoyed learning about the aboriginal tribe of Cairns... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about a civilization that has been in Australia for thousands of years. It isn't just a great history lesson, the are opportunities to throw spears, boomerangs and didgeridoos. Part of the visit takes place outdoors and part indoors (air conditioned). If you are in the Cairns area this is a... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We did the Night Fire tour. Fantastically informative and inclusive - dance, singing and story telling. Dinner was very good and everybody seemed to love the entire night. The flaming spears were a great surprise. This is a must do.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This was an incredible night. As we entered our faces were painted then through out the night we found out that it is a way of welcoming us into their tribe. We were there give a glass of champagne and canapés! We then went into the performance room and the Tjapukai people show us dances by the fire. The show... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This was the best part of a full day out from our base in Port Douglas. 'Down Under' coach arrived on time and took us to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Centre. We were prepared for a fairly cheesy explanation about Aboriginal culture, but were pleasantly surprised by the events that were presented. Our guide started by using some of the local... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Loved coming to this cultural centre and learning more about the aboriginal people in a fun and interactive way. The highlight was trying spear throwing and using boomerangs which was great fun. And unusually you can take pictures of the aboriginals here too which is nice.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

It's great to see a place in Cairns giving employment to indigenous local artists as well as sharing and celebrating aboriginal culture. The place has been refurbished fairly recently and looks slick. We came for the night package which included canapés and drinks, a full buffet dinner as well as a aboriginal dance show and campfire performance. The artists were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The demonstrations and entertainment were fantastic. It was really interesting to speak with the aboriginal guides and ask questions. They were most informative. Being able to throw a boomerang and spear was lots of fun. We had plenty of turns to get the hang of it. The dancers were great and they got the audience involved which made it very... More 

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