Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural ParkCurrently Closed
- Address: Cairns Western Arterial Rd. (next to Skyrail terminal), Cavaronica, Cairns, QLD 4878, Australia
- Timings: 09:00 am - 09:30 pm Details
- Phone: 61-740429900
- Ticket Price: 40 AUD
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Outdoors, Entertainment, Performance, Family And Kids
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - Review
There’s no better place, other than Central Australia, to know about the Aboriginal culture. Start at the Creation Theatre, where, going by its name, actors with the help of illusion and theatrics to retell the genesis of it all from the beliefs of the Tjapukai tribe. After this riveting performance, move on to the Magic Space museum and the History Theatre where a compelling 20 minute documentary on the indigenous inhabitants since the arrival of the fair skinned settlers almost a century ago. Out on the open grounds, there’s a makeshift village showing the ancient settlement showcasing their skill-set like fire-making, boomerang and spear-throwing (yes, you can try your hand at these activities too) and learn about the medicinal and edible value of the bush.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Information
- Tours: Day Tours Include Didgeridoo – A Journey (20 minute session)
- Creation Theatre (20 minute session)
- Dance Theatre (25 minute session)
- Cultural Village Hunting & Weapons demonstrations and Bush Foods & Medicines demonstration
- Boomerang and Spear Throwing, Story Stone Painting
- Art & Artefacts Talks, Meet the Craftsperson, Traditional Dance Lessons, Weaving Demonstrations, Didgeridoo Lessons and Story Telling
- Night Tours Include Welcome drink upon arrival
- Didgeridoo blessing ceremony and Quikan Spirit
- Fire making ceremony by the lakeside, with special effects fire ball explosion
- Full Course Buffet Dinner
- Live Tjapukai Dance performance
- Camp fire session with Performers (Optional)
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Ticket Prices
- The basic ticket price, assuming you drive yourself over there is A$36.
- For transfers from Cairns, it’s A$58 and for transfers from Northern Beach, it’s A$60
- For night tours, the ticket price can range from A$99 - A$125
- Ticket Price: Day Tours- Adults $40; Children $25; Family $105
- Night Tours: Adults- $109; Children - $59; Family- $277
How To reach Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park by Public Transport
- Kamerunga Rd N232 (Caravonica State School)
- Guided tour bus.
Restaurants Near Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
- Dominos Pizza
- Smithfield Tavern & Char Grill Steakhouse
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Things to Know Before Visiting Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
78.42% of people who visit Cairns include Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
52.23% of people start their Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
55.33% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Trips
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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns Reviews
Very interesting. The guided tour lasted 2.5 hours approximately with different stations. Our favourite being the boomerang and spear throwing (although we would have liked to throw more than 2 spears and 3 tries at the boomerang throwing, guessing this is because of the size of the last tour at 2pm for the day). We were disappointed that the boomerang painting was only at 11:30am. Also our guided tour didn’t do all the things promised in the brochure, we didn’t do the face painting or traditional oven demonstration and guessing other items listed were all done in the dance. None the less fun, informative and friendly staff. The cafe had delicious food for lunch as well.
We enjoyed our visit to this centre very much. We brought our 3 kids (10-14 years) and I'd say it was an eye opener for them! They could start to understand the culture of the Aboriginal people in the area and also start to grasp the complexities of Aboriginal life today. The tour is a guided tour that consists of several "stations". The multimedia show was a bit difficult to understand I think. The dance and music segment were great. We also enjoyed the spear and boomerang throwing. And it was great to be able to ask lots of questions. It might be the first time that many of us white people (Australians and tourists) get to speak to an Aboriginal person first hand. Thank you for their patience. There should be more such centres all over and they should get lots of visitors. The only small draw back was the relative high price for a family of 5. But I guess that is due to all the staff that is being employed. Perhaps it should be government subsidised a little, in particular for families that have more than 2 children.
Tjapukai at Cairns Queensland is an excellent Indigenous cultural experience. Making use of multimedia presentations and local indigenous performers they tell their story. The guides/performers engage the audience and share their respect and love for their cultural heritage.
A wonderful day out. The evening event is very worthwhile as well. There is a little repetition from the day, but it's minimal. They certainly don't replace each other. Great fun!
Our guide Jacob took our 11am tour. The group was 7 people & our guide was knowledgeable & funny. I was disappointed that face painting was not offered especially since we had our 20 month old granddaughter with us. The food at the cafe looked ordinary to say the least. Pies & sausage rolls looked few days old & the sandwiches very plain, tomatoes & cheese. Books were $40 here or $13 anywhere else. Overall happy with the tour but disappointed with cafe & shop.