Tjapukai Night Fire Aboriginal Dinner & Show - Cairns

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  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Depart Northern Beaches Family 4/1/2019 - 3/31/2020Monday - Sunday:06:30 PM - 09:30 PM 4/1/2020 - 3/31/2021Monday - Sunday:06:30 PM - 09:30 PM Departing Cairns 4/1/2019 - 3/31/2020Monday - Sunday:06.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    1: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, 4 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia
    2: Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Come and join the traditional people of Australia in a special evening of Aboriginal culture. Tjapukai means rainforest and on this engaging cultural tour you'll hear the story of the Tjapukai people, watch theatrical performances, join in interactive activities and learn the traditonal customs of the rainforest and its people.

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The Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai tour includes a drink on arrival, Welcome Ceremony, Lakeside Ceremony, dance show, international buffet dinner, dessert, tea and coffee. It's an experience that will leave you with deep and lasting memory of Australia's traditional people and culture.

From the moment you arrive at Tjapukai you will feel the powerful spirit of Australia vibrate through the atmosphere, creating an intense and mysterious mood. You will be met by the Bama the people and welcomed with face painting, a glass of sparkling wine and canapes infused with native flavours. The Tjapukai Dreamtime story unfolds as you hear about the legends of the wet and dry seasons.

Follow the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo across a flame lit bridge to the rainforest theatre, where the Tjapukai people take the stage, presenting their culture with their inimitable blend of theater and humor. You will find yourself connecting with their love of fun in a world where there are no barriers, only joy and laughter.

In the haunting Lakeside Fire Ceremony, guests form part of the Rainbow Serpent Circle and share in an Aboriginal celebration consisting of music, chanting and dance that culminates in a magical fire-making ceremony. The fire is sent soaring across the lake to become a magical fireball, illuminating the lakeside and the audience. The Tjapukai people then appear in a flame-lit canoe, arriving to escort guests to the night's dining venue, The Flame Tree Restaurant.

At the glowing restaurant, the evening culminates in a sumptuous international buffet menu. Then the lights dim and the performers invite you to join them by the campfire for photos and time for an intimate chat.

Before returning to your hotel, there is time to explore the award-winning Tjapukai Fine Art Gallery.


Daily selection from a range of canapes

• Braised emu with pureed sweet yam 
• Kangaroo koftas
• Lemongrass-scented tuna on cucumber
• Sugarcane skewered crocodile
Please note that menu is subject to change due to seasonal availability


• Freshly baked damperSoup

• Red miso soup with traditional condiments
• Butternut pumpkin soup with sour cream and shallotsSalads

• Freshly prepared local salads
• Roasted sweet potato and macadamia salad
• Banana flower salad
• A selection of assorted condiments, chutneys and dressingsSeafood

• Mussels in Davidson plum 
• Prawns with lemon myrtle aioliHot Selection

• Grilled rib eye dusted with mountain pepper and forest mushrooms
• Lemon aspen braised chicken breast on wilted greens
• Steamed fish with ruby grapefruit and dill cream
• Roast pork with accompanying sauces
• Roasted chat potatoes
• Seasonal vegetables
• Steamed riceDessert

• Selection of daily prepared desserts – Davidson plum cheesecake, Gluten free chocolate brownies, Lemon myrtle tarts, Caramel chocolate tarts
• Fresh fruits and creamNorth Queensland gold coffee & Daintree tea


Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)

Welcome drink

Dance show performance by the World Famous Tjapukai Dancers

Dinner - Buffet dinner

Entry/Admission - Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Please note: Pick-up and drop-off from Port Douglas hotels is not available

Traveler Reviews

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  • 02-Mar-2020

    Dinner was very good. Performance was great. I would highly recommend this tour for those who wish to learn about the native people of Australia and their customs.

  • 26-Feb-2020

    This was such a great evening. Filled with great information about the indigenous people of Cairns. A must for anyone visiting Cairns. Thanks for the great memories.

  • 26-Aug-2019

    The food was interesting, but It would have been nicer outside. I enjoyed the show and learned a lot. Was a bit expensive for what it was though.

  • 25-Oct-2018

    The buffet was really good but this is not where you really learn about culture. There were three separate experiences. First, they tell you about the musical instrument they use. This took about 5 minutes and was interesting. The second took about 20 minutes and they paint your face with stripes to represent a tribe, They show you how to start a fire. You spend a lot of time in a circle standing. It was okay. The third is when you go in to eat and they have a show. This is where you are supposed to learn about the culture. It felt like five guys making up a show as they went along. You couldn't understand what they were saying. Our large group left saying, "What was that all about?" Again, food was good and a large selection. But it was several hours where I hoped to really learn about the culture and just didn't.

  • 06-May-2018

    We enjoyed the start, the fire making ceremony is enjoyable and a little interactive but things got, for lack of a better word, corny after that. After the ceremony you are treated to a buffet, some available foods are very good, some are average or bland, not a bad meal but not great either, the buffet lasts about 45min and around the end of this time my entire table was sitting around wondering if there was anything else happening. the performers came back onstage for a final 20 minutes and while I do not want to be insulting towards any of their culture or traditions, that final porting is very hokey. All of the sound quality is bad, the speakers crackle and are muffled when the performers speak or sing. I enjoyed when they were playing the didgeridoo, but then they inexplicably began playing a terrible piano recording on top of the performers playing. We left the show feeling like we could have spent our time much better.

  • 06-Feb-2018


  • 04-Feb-2018

    I wanted very much to visit the outdoor gallery of aboriginal art near Laura, north of Cairns, but we couldn't work out the logistics of getting there and back from Cairns. We wanted some direct experience with the first nation people of Australia, and the Aboriginal Culture Tour was a nice alternative for us. The performers at the beautiful, new performance center outside of Cairns were very good and very engaging. We truly enjoyed every moment of the performance. The meal which followed was also very good. The Tjapukai Center also has an excellent gift shop.

  • 25-Jan-2018

    Very pleasant evening. Gave us a sense of history and the aborigines culture in Australia. Show was interactive and fun. Dinner was ok with something for everyone. Overall a relaxing and fun evening.

  • 25-Dec-2017

    This was one of our favorite experiences of our trip. We booked this somewhat last minute, and so glad that we did. The excursion includes pick up and drop off from the hotel. When you arrive, there are complimentary drinks and face painting. When the show begins, the dancers call everyone to the area by blowing a conch shell. From there, you are lead by torch to the arena to watch the dancing. The performers were excellent and were very passionate about the culture. We attended another's Aboriginal show in Kuranda a few days later. This show blew the one in Kuranda away! I can still hear some of the songs in my head as I write this. The buffet dinner is great with a huge variety. If you want a great culture experience, this is a great opportunity. I highly recommend to anyone visiting Cairns.

  • 09-Dec-2017

    This was our first activity in the area. And it was a good way to start. However, the setting was maybe a bit bigger than the performance for me. Due in part to my expectations. Some of the performers lacked my preconceived Aboriginal look. What they did was good. The story they told, however, was a bit hard to keep up with. They buffet with all the various meats, kangaroo, emu, croc ribs, was very good.

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