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“Best part of a full day out” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
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USD 124.25*
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Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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St Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Best part of a full day out”
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 art to explain the origins of his culture and we were treated to a show using some quite spectacular AV effects.
Several opportunities to ask questions to many of the performers and a go at throwing boomerangs and spears. The buffet lunch was quite adequate with food cooked in the traditional way that we had seen prepared 2 hours before.
We then took the Skyrail up to Kuranda where we had a chance to see plenty of tourist tat and after a couple of hours the Scenic Train back.

Visited September 2016
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“Brilliant place to visit”
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.

Visited September 2016
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Celebration of indigenous culture”
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 talented (I loved the spot on kangaroo impression by one of the male artists) as well as friendly (you can chat with them informally after the show) and the performance space and outdoor area is well designed and ambient.

I did feel the performance was a little short however. I would have liked to see a longer program of traditional dance and performance as what was offered seemed like only a quick taste of aboriginal culture. What was included was excellent but it was only around an hour of entertainment excluding the excellent buffet meal and welcome drinks/canapés. As I am a local I would also love to come back and am hoping the show is updated and reworked from time to time to keep people interested in returning and bringing in new guests.

The venue (given its size and spaciousness) would also lend itself well to regular concerts with indigenous cultural performances from a variety of artists similar to the ones seen at the Tjapukai Open Day I attended recently which had an excellent turn out of locals.

All in all, Tjapukai is highly recommended.

Visited June 2016
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Wonderful cultural experience”
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 enjoyable. A really worthwhile place to visit.

Visited September 2016
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“The best part of our trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Pre-purchased tickets from NZ on a discounted website, but would not have batted an eyelid to have paid full price, this was such as exhilarating experience on Tuesday 6th September 2016. From first impressions of the very impressive building to being greeted in the foyer with canapes and drinks whilst undergoing face painting by two lovely Aboriginals to feel part of the evening. We happened to be part of a large Japanese contingent due a birthday, but everyone very friendly and staff were brilliant throughout the whole evening and it showed that they certainly take great pride in their heritage and imparting this knowledge on to others. We were led outside over a bridge to an Arena set up specifically for the evening’s entertainment for a Corroboree experience, along with fire lighting. Beware if you sit in the front row which we did, you will be asked to join in the ceremony but you will not come away empty handed – great laughs had by all of the audience here and great audience participation making for a great evening of entertainment. Upon being led back towards the restaurant afterwards we were further entertained by a spectacular fire ball experience (this had been delayed due to the weather on this particular evening) and then dined to some very tantalising and amazing food in the restaurant. Hadn’t tried crocodile before and this was to die for, cooked by a New Zealand chef we were told, who is truly incredible. After the meal there was time to chat with the people involved in the show and to take photos and learn to play the didgeridoo (yidaki).
Thank you to everyone at this great Cairns tourist attraction who made for a most enjoyable evening, I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone visiting this part of Australia – a definite MUST DO.

Visited September 2016
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