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Discover the living history of Australia’s indigenous Tjapukai people -- the people of the rainforest -- at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns. Immerse yourself in traditional Tjapukai culture and learn to play a didgeridoo, throw a spear and catch a boomerang. One of the world's oldest living cultures is brought to life by Aboriginal dance performances, storytelling and various interactive crafts and activities. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park will provide a unique insight into the traditional way of life as told by the Aboriginal people.
Located a 15-minute drive from Cairns or Palm Cove, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a genuine cultural experience that celebrates the living history of Australia’s indigenous people. Listen to the stories of earth’s creation, known as Dreamtime, that have been passed down through the generations. See professional performers bring the stories to life as a didgeridoo provides the soundtrack to the corroboree, an Australian Aboriginal musical and dance performance.
Wander through Tjapukai's museum, Magic Space, and see murals and paintings depicting the Dreamtime, as well as stone-age artifacts used for hunting and collecting, some of which are still used today. Learn firsthand from a Tjapkuai warrior how to throw a spear, catch a boomerang and make a fire. Discover the plants and seeds that have been used for healing in traditional medicine.
This unique cultural experience will provide an opportunity to interact with members of the Tjapukai community. There are several performances, demonstrations and educational talks during the day.
Please see the Itinerary section below for a list of activities included in the general entry ticket.
Tjapukai Dance Theatre
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Departure Point:Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Cairns, Palm Cove and the Northern Beaches hotels
- Open from 9am to 5pm. Shows run continuously throughout the day. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for the total experience.
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Entry to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Hotel pickup and drop off is not included
Entry to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Includes pickup and drop-off from Cairns hotels
Entry to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Includes pickup and drop-off from Palm Cove and Northern Beaches hotels
Tjapukai Cultural Village
- Entrance fees
- All activities listed in the Itinerary section
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Itinerary:Your Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park general entry ticket includes the following activities:
Didgeridoo – A Journey
This unique theater experience blends the music of the Tjapukai with contemporary Australian music. Learn how to make and play a didgeridoo before watching a live performance in a state-of-the-art studio with a twinkling, starry night sky. Listen to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo complemented by iconic images of the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Australian Outback.
Hunting and Weapons Demonstration
Learn from a Tjapukai warrior about the traditional tools and weapons that have been used for over 40,000 years by the Aboriginal people.
See authentic stone-age artifacts, once used by the Tjapukai, on display in Tjapukai’s museum -- Magic Space. Also on display are large murals by Tjapukai’s foremost artists. See visual stories of the Dreamtime and watch a documentary of the impact of modern man on indigenous life over the past 120 years.
The indigenous culture is brought to life with giant holograms depicting the spirit world, which add a mesmerizing quality to the live performance of the Dreamtime stories of the Tjapukai.
A corroboree, an Aboriginal musical and dance performance, takes place in a spectacular outdoor theater, set in a natural rainforest amphitheater.
Bush Foods and Medicine Demonstration
The rainforest is a rich food source for the Tjapukai people. Learn how the land provides medicinal remedies and enjoy the opportunity to touch, taste and feel local bush food.
Spear and Boomerang Throwing
A Tjapukai warrior will show you how to use a traditional spear, and help you master the technique of returning boomerang.
Have your face traditionally painted with the natural colors of the rainforest.
Bibunbay Kids Program
From didgeridoo playing to bush food, stone painting and boomerang throwing, this is a unique program for children to enjoy a Tjapukai culture experience.
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