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Address: Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, Queensland 4870, Australia
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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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Fun, informative taste of Aboriginal culture.

Fun, informative taste of Aboriginal culture. Our 2 1/2 hour Tjapukai daytour add -on to the Skyrail-Kuranda tour was well spent at Tjapukai. There was well streamed series of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 April 2010
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Cairns, Australia
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2010

I know that we are 'tourists' and that most things are geared for us, but this one was a little too touristy for our liking. Although it gave us a good insight to the aboriginal culture, the dancing, spear throwing, it left us in a bit of a daze. We felt that maybe a more laid back approach to it... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2010

I love the Culture Center on Oahu and expected Tjapukai to be similar. I was very much disappointed. There were very few staff and vistors and we were supposedly there during the busy season. The staff looked like they were just going through the motions. My kids did like trying to throw the boomarang didgeridoo. It was worth seeing as... More 

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BABYLON
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2010

Fun, informative taste of Aboriginal culture. Our 2 1/2 hour Tjapukai daytour add -on to the Skyrail-Kuranda tour was well spent at Tjapukai. There was well streamed series of short shows, dances and demonstrations. I actually really enjoyed myself and learned a little about these Aborigine people. Let's be clear that it is not a "National Geographic" type experience nor... More 

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Living room, Home
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2010

We were glad we dedicated one morning to the visit of this park. It is an easy drive from Cairns by public transport. Although certainly not exhaustive on Australian aboriginal culture, we found it interesting. The visit to the various sectors requires from 2 to 2.5 hours. The visit of the park is basically a series of shows (documentary, theater,... More 

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Brisbane, QLD, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2010

Quick bus ride from the city (1X, $3.50, every hour or so), it was a nice trip for us on a lazy afternoon. Would've been nicer with more aboriginal history. The good: you get to sample some aboriginal dances/rythmes/didgeridoo performances and watch them light a fire with sticks. Have a chance to throw a boomerang and spear. Informative documentary. Feel... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2010

My wife and I visited Tjapukai Park during our Australia vacation in December. The Park offered an excellent, multi-faceted portrayal of the Aboriginal experience -- a play, a film, music/dance performance, didgeroodoo performance, food presentation, spear-throwing, boomerang-throwing, and exhibits. We visited on a Friday morning when the Park was relatively quiet. Aborigine staff members interacted with us in very small... More 

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Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2009

Bad acting, tourist trap, and way too expensive. If you want to see some better acting then go to Sydney and see the aborigines at the Circular Quey.

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Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2009

There is a very line to walk with an attraction like this- how to make it authentic yet inclusive. If it was really authentic most of us would not understand it, but if it is too accessible it feels like something manufactured for visitors. Clearly lots of previous reviewers feel they have got the balance wrong, but I think it... More 

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California, USA
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2009

My friend & I went to Tjapukai for the night show & it was awful! No matter what your guidebook says (mind called it "inspirational," "educational" and a "cultural extravaganza," don't believe it. Tjapukai is a total ripoff and a disturbing experience to boot. Because there is hardly any educational component or cultural context provided, the show comes off as... More 

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Palm Cove, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2008

My husband and I live in the local area and work at a holiday complex and took some of our friends that had come to visit for a night at Tjapukai. We had a fantastic time! The staff and the food were both great. Our waitress Mary was superb and really friendly and we loved having our drinks all ready... More 

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