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Address: Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4042 9999
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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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We visited Tjapukai as part of a tour with Bretts Outback Tasting tour so our stay was only brief. We were served an exclusive moring tea of damper, local jams and tropical... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2016
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We visited Tjapukai as part of a tour with Bretts Outback Tasting tour so our stay was only brief. We were served an exclusive moring tea of damper, local jams and tropical fruits. The spread was excellent and very interesting and tasty. We will go back to experience the aboriginal experience another time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Went to the evening meal and 'show'. This was a great experience. Amazing to learn a little about aboriginal culture and to be given the opportunity to get involved. Also the food after was delicious.

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Bolton
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

This place really did not live up to its billing and lacked authenticity. Arrive approx 0930 when the place opened, they promptly told us it was shutting at 1230 so needed to schedule visits to exhibits in half planned time. Arriving at breakfast thought would have a bite to eat but all that was available were steak pies. Went to... More 

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Greg E, General Manager at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, responded to this review

Dear Tracey 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 greg.erwin@tjapukai.com.au so that I can gather further details about your visit. We welcome all feedback and acknowledge that mistakes can occur from time to time. Your... More 

New Delhi, India
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

It was a huge infact very huge disappointment for me and my family. Prior to making the reservation I called up and told that I have vegetarian members with me and is there any provision for them them and the girl responded yes and then I made a reservation costing $ 123 per person which id dam costly upon reaching... More 

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Greg E, General Manager at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, responded to this review

Dear ManikSingh We are very sorry about your experience at Tjapukai by Night. I am as disappointed as you are about your experience. I will be sure to raise this with our Food & Beverage team as a matter of priority. All our chefs are fully qualified and we usually respond to dietary requirements with ease. I appreciate your efforts... More 

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

A wonderful half day spent with some of the members of the Tjapukai tribe. The creation story, boomerang painting and the spear/boomerang/didgeridoo lessons were great for our family. Thank you Rainforest Girl for your time, this is a great trip and recommend for all, particularly if you've been to Kuranda which is the centre of the tribe.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Had a morning visit to this abororigine culture experience. Attended various demonstrations, aboriginal shows and even had a go at throwing a spear and a boomerang. This was concluded with a very tasty buffet lunch which included chicken and beef that had been cooked in an underground fire pit, also sampled kangaroo meat. An educational experience which we all enjoyed.

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Thank Derek R
Ottawa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

you cannot go to Australia without learning about Aboriginal culture. This was a perfect venue to learn about one of the hundreds of tribes Australia has. The people running the shows/demonstration were excellent and we thought it was very well done. Yes touristy but our children learned a great deal about the history and culture of Australian aboriginals.

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Thank BIGtraveller66
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Tonight family enjoyed the Tjupaki night fire experience: videos give a brief history of the local indigenous people, and performers entertain and teach about some of their dances and ceremonies - including audience participation! Followed by a buffet dinner including prawns, reef fish, kangaroo, crocodile plus other meats - with assorted salads - and assorted desserts. All the staff were... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Interesting to discover something more on the aborigenal culture and habits. A litlle too expensive, 160 $ for 2 adults and 1 kid for 2 hours, where you see a couple of shows, but all attractions in this region are overpriced.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

I and my friend a had a brilliant time here at the centre and would recommend it to everyone. All the staff and the tjapukai leaders were friendly and happy to talk and answer any questions a must see in cairns.

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