Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

THE ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai.  Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. 

Whether you visit the park by day or night, you’ll enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts. Tjapukai is all-weather, wheelchair and pram friendly, offering unique experiences in one location. 

TJAPUKAI BY DAY

By day, the park is filled with interactive experiences to give you an authentic insight into Aboriginal culture. 

In the Cultural Centre, witness the ancient dreamtime story of the Tjapukai people's belief in the creation of the world through live performance and the world's most technologically advanced visual effects. Gain an understanding into the impacts of the stolen generation and be inspired by Indigenous heroes past and present as you wander through the History and Heroes walk. The Art of My People talk will guide you through a variety of art styles as you learn about the differences between the Aboriginal clans throughout Australia.

Across the lake, join the world famous Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers in a corroboree celebration and fire making ceremony in the Cultural Village. Gain an insight into the gathering and cooking of bush foods and the medicinal values of native plants; learn first hand from a warrior about traditional hunting methods and tribal law.  Throw a spear with the help of a traditional milay spear thrower and learn the art of throwing a returning boomerang.  Journey through the complex techniques of playing a didgeridoo, then be tantalised by the smell of the meat being unearthed from the Bayngga underground oven and enjoy a delicious taste test.

A sumptuous buffet lunch with native tastes and fresh salads is available in the Flame Tree restaurant, while being entertained by the vibrant Tjapukai performers. 

Enhance your day at Tjapukai with our talented artists and make your own souvenirs, creating natural rainforest style jewellery, intricate weaving and painting your own returning boomerang in traditional Aboriginal style.  In addition, journey through the parklands with an Indigenous Guided Bush Food Walk learning about native plants and their culinary and medicinal significance. Finish with a taste of native fruit jams with damper and billy tea overlooking the lake.

BY NIGHT

NightFire is Tjapukai’s evening experience meeting the Bama, the Indigenous rainforest people, who paint your face to link you to their traditional land and take you on a mesmerising journey with the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo.

Follow the Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and join the Rainbow Serpent circle to learn traditional language songs before the ceremonial fire is lit with a spectacular fire ball shooting towards the stars.

For dinner you may enjoy Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads and desserts featuring tantalising Indigenous flavours at the Flame Tree Bar & Grill.  Relax around the fire with the Tjapukai warriors where there is time for a chat, and an end to a night of cultural entertainment.


OPEN 7 DAYS: Daytime: 9am to 4.30pm Night Fire: 7pm to 9.30pm
Cairns Western Arterial Road, Smithfield, Queensland. 4878

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