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“Tjapukai Even better at Night !” 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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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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“Tjapukai Even better at Night !”
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 40 visitors at that day, not sure if its many? Definitely didnt feel crowded for myself. Then we headed to the theatre for dance show and we loved it ! Lots of involvement of the crowd and the dance is very entertaining! We then headed to the fire ceremony with more dancing and singing! They also have a fire making ceremony and a huge fire ball across the lake which s very visually impressive ! Dinner is in buffet style, not much to choose from but they offer kangaroo and crocodile! First time to try crocodile meat and its much better than what I have expected !
At the end of the dinner is another photo session by the fire pit and we got to ask some questions about the dance and their culture and the performers are all very nice and welcoming ! They also went tot he souvenir shop with us and explained a lot of the making of boomerang/didgeridoo/totem. We even got the chance to take a photo with the performer whos also printed on the Tjapukai postcard, felt like taking selfie with a pop star, except hes an aboriginal artist/musicians, which is even more awesome!
Definitely left there with a big smile and with the rhythm still stuck in my head! and really appreciate what they are doing to preserve and promote aboriginal culture. The show s very interactive so Open your mind and dont be shy, and you will experience the best of it ! Would have rated it 6 stars if I can !

Suggestions:
1. We left kuranda by Skyrail at 1600 and we had to wait until 1830 to get into the park and ended up spending two hours walking around in supermarkets nearby. So really suggest them to open the park to public so they have somewhere to rest after a long day in Kuranda or some extra time to admire the art pieces in the park while waiting for the night show.
2. Food is not bad, but could be better :) .
3. Great if everyone can get a small gift like the painted rock as souvenirs.

Visited October 2016
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“Worth a visit to find out about North Queensland's original inhabitants”
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 region. They let us even try our lack at spear and boomerang throwing. I guess this was the advantage of having small crowds attend the venue. At the same time the whole visit was not smoothly organized. There was no hand out, or even just verbal instructions, telling us what will be the sequence of events included in our visit.

Visited October 2016
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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“Excellent Introduction to the Aboriginal Culture”
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 must.

Visited September 2016
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Sydney
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“This is special”
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.

Visited October 2016
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“Tjapukai show ”
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 was very interactive with the audience as we were singing and chanting through out the night. The food was delicious 5 start meals.
Throughly enjoyed my night and will be recommending this tour.

Visited October 2016
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