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Address: Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 7 4042 9999
09:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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We spent a day at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. We enjoyed our time there. You visit the workshops or activites at your own pace. At the lectures (on film, at the Creation... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 December 2010
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Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2011

In the past month I have attended Tjapukai by night, and then Tjapukai by day for a field trip. For Tjapukai by night, much of what was described on the website didn't actually happen. It was quite a disappointment and not worth the money. The outdoor part of the park has been closed, yet no where out front or on... More 

3 Thank cairns727
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2011

Some aspects of this cultural park were quite interesting (the dance and musical demonstration, the review of the various weapons), BUT then there was the talk about the medicine...the topic may have been interesting, but the female presenter could put a person with ADD and drinking Red Bull to sleep! Sounds like she was talking with marbles in her mouth.... More 

Thank njwestern
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2010

We spent a day at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. We enjoyed our time there. You visit the workshops or activites at your own pace. At the lectures (on film, at the Creation theater or during the workshops) we learned a lot about the Aboriginal culture (history, customs, bush food and medicine,...). I went there with my 9-year old son. I... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2010

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center was on my "must do" list for places to go in Australia. Dreamtime Theatre presentation was a fascinating look into the roots of Aboriginal beliefs. I really liked the live demonstrations of song, dance, and didgeridoo playing! The gift shop has a wonderful assortment of fabric panels, boomerangs, didgeridoos, and artwork for sale. My only wish... More 

2 Thank spoilsport6
Cairns, Australia
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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 

Thank dreamerme040
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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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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 

1 Thank Morefunthings
Living room, Home
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Yoga_Jade
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
1 review
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 

Thank guldalpa
McLean, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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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