Cairns Aboriginal Cultural Park by Day
Cairns Aboriginal Cultural Park by Day
Save $42.00 on our Family Pack Deal, 2nd Child Travels Free. A day park ticket to visit to Tjapukai by Day for a morning or afternoon tour is an exciting interactive Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns that showcases the lifestyle of traditional Australian Aboriginal people & Torres Strait Islanders. Upgrade to the optional extra activities to learn more about this ancient culture with the Creative Creation and Indigenous Guided Bush food Trail tour. Or if you wish you can combine a trip to Kuranda Village on the Skyrail & Train for a full day out
Cairns Aboriginal Cultural Park by Day
Save $42.00 on our Family Pack Deal. 2nd Child Travels Free
Tjapukai (pronounced jab-u-ki) is a unique Indigenous Aboriginal cultural experience in Cairns that allows you to meet and interact with the local Tjapukai Aboriginal people as they demonstrate their ancient techniques and share their knowledge about the world.
These enthusiastic people have been rehearsing for 40,000 years to showcase their culture to you.
Tjapukai is dedicated to preserving and presenting authentic Aboriginal culture with the aid of the most modern technology of today and is an informative and fun Aboriginal cultural experience for families.
There are specific Aboriginal names for the regions around the Cairns and the Far North Queensland.
'Tjapukai ‘is the name of a group of Australian Aboriginal people who are said to be the original custodians of a richly forested part of the Great Dividing Range including the Barron Gorge and surrounding areas within the Wet Tropics of Cairns Far North Queensland Australia.
"Djabugay" means rainforest, thus, 'people of the rainforest' is often used to describe this tribe.
The Tjapukai Cultural Village
The village is an 'all weather' experience introducing both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and dance; the 'Woman's Hut' a place to learn about the native bush foods and medicines; the 'Men's Hut' a place to learn and listen to didgeridoo playing, hunting techniques, use and making of wepons, lore presentations and interactive boomerang and spear throwing fields.
The 'Artists Huts' is a place where you can watch creations and meet the artists.
The Bulluru Theatre Performance
This amphitheatre inside the newly refurbished building, combines advanced visual & sound effects with live performances to explain the Tjapukai people’s belief of how the world was created.
The story told will take you through the stages of ‘creation’ and the strong connection of the Djabugay people with nature.
The presentation will feature the unique flora and fauna of the tropical North Queensland region.
This ancient culture dates back 40,000 years, their stories will entertain, inform and change you.
The Tjapukai and Yirrganydjii communities and their elders have approved and overseen the materials presented in the cultural park.
They own the land the park is situated on and have a substantial equity interest in the venture.
Located outside the Bulluru Theatre is the informative presentation of the Djabugay history.
Large Graphic displays line the walls together with interactive media to explore the diverse historic timeline of this enduring people.
The Bundarra Cassawary Egg Theatre
Experience the dance and music of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders cultture unique to North Queensland in the outdoor theatre set in a natural forest amphitheatre.
The park has several scheduled live performances daily, both traditional and contemporary.
The Art Exhibition Gallery
This state-of-the-art gallery combines a special environmentally conscious design to portray the people and rainforest surroundings.
A beautiful space to appreciate Indigenous art in different mediums, both modern and contemporary.
If you have ever wanted to play a didgeridoo, Tjapukai is the perfect place to learn. See how the musicians coax out the sounds of dingoes, birds and learn the secrets of the circular breathing technique you will need to master to be a true didgeridoo player.
Also, their souvenir shop is stocked full of small and large Didgeridoos and allows you the opportunity to try before you buy!
Cultural Creations (Optional activity)
A wonderful opportunity to learn and make your own souvenirs. The artists will teach and instruct you on how to paint your own boomerang in the traditional way; learn the intricate art of traditional Torres Strait Islander weaving using grasses and create your own unique jewellery from native crystals, seeds and wooden beads.
Indigenous Guided Bush Food Trail (Optional Activity)
Over hundreds and thousands of years, Aboriginal people have acquired a vast knowledge of the rainforest. Knowledge about edible foods and ways to extract poisons from non-edible foods to make delicious healthy meals has been passed down from generation to generation.
You will have the opportunity to touch, taste and feel the bush tucker from the local area. They have also acquired a comprehensive assortment of medicines from rainforest plants and you will learn about the most useful ones from the Cairns region on this full day or half day Aboriginal cultural tour.
Flame Tree Restaurant and outdoor Cafe
A tranquil setting for lunch or a beverage overlooking the Storywaters Lake. You will enjoy the fine selection of food inspireed by local cuisine and Tjapukai's own market produce garde
Where is Tjapukai Located?
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is located near Cairns next door to the Skyrail terminal at Caravonica which is approximately 25 minutes north of Cairns and 15 minutes south of Palm Cove and 50 minutes drive south down the Captain Cook Highway from Port Douglas.
The day show runs for approximately 3 hours and will leave you mesmerized. The dancers are internationally recognized and they represent Australia at the ‘Gday LA’ in America each and every year to introduce Americans to our cultural history.
You have the option to pre-book a self-drive and arrive at your own leisure or sit back, relax, and arrive by coach transfer from your Cairns or northern beaches holiday accommodation.
The day show operates according to a rotating timetable. You can arrive at any time before 1pm and work your way around the park according to what is happening when you arrive.
The Aboriginal Cultural park is open from 9 am until 4.30 pm daily. Return half day or full day tour transfers are available from Cairns and Northern Beaches at an additional cost.
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Included in Price
Tjapukai Day General Admission:
History & Heroes
Art of my People
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Dance
Boomerang and Spear Throwing Lessons
Bush Foods and Medicines
Hunting and Weapons
For Bookings Call Now!
1300 761 612
Upgrade to Creative Creations: Boomerang Painting, Islander Weaving, Jewelery Making with Indigenous Artists - take home 3 handmade souvenirs.
Upgrade to Indigenous Guided Bush Food Trail: Learn about the values of Australian plants and taste native fruit jams with damper and billy tea.
Upgrade to Boomerang Painting.
Take your time in the Tjapukai Gallery to purchase an authentic indigenous souvenir, piece of artwork, didgeridoo, boomerang, CD or book - come and see the range of gifts for all budgets for yourself!
You can also include both of the above upgrades
Flame Tree Restaurant is open for a buffet lunch every day.
Transfers to Cairns & Cairns Northern Beaches.
Take the Skyrail to Kuranda & return on the Kuranda Scenic Railway
The Tjapukai Gallery is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Days of Operation
Daily except Christmas Day
Departs FromCairns, Cairns Northern Beaches
- Cairns Beaches
- Palm Cove
What To Bring
Comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera!
Fitness Level RequiredLow
Child price applies to children 4 to 14
Children under 4, free of charge
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
We require 24 hours or more notice of any cancellations or amendments to travel date. Lack of 24hour prior notice will result in a 100% cancellation fee.
Tjapukai accepts cash, major credit cards, travellers cheques and has EFTPOS facilities available.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre
This is a Multi Award Winning Attraction and something all international visitors should experience either day or night. In order for you to experience two tours in a day why not combine Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with other tours such as a Skyrail Gondola ride up to Kuranda Village or a Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure for a real Aussie experience! A great day out for the whole family for all ages and fitness levels. Enquire for package prices to save.
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Optional Extras for 2020 - 2021
The following optional extras can be purchased at time of booking.
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Information for Disabled Travellers
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre Cairns
Location: Caravonica (Approx. 15 minutes from Cairns and Northern Beaches)
Wheelchair Accessibility: Good
- 2 designated wheelchair toilets located near the Dance Theatre.
- Designated wheelchair viewing area for lake side performances.
- Ramp to front entrance.
- Wheelchair accessible activities throughout park, slight inclines will be encountered assistance may be needed.
- The dance theatre is accessible by the bridge over the lake, it has a small incline. There is a designated wheelchair area at the top of the seating area.
- The cultural village is accessible, enjoy hunting tools/methods and bush tucker presentations, boomerang and spear throwing is located on the grassed area which is level.
- The restaurant has good clearance between tables to allow for easy wheelchair movement.
- Coaches utilised have limited room for collapsible wheelchair and will need to be able to negotiate 2- 3 steps.
- Wheelchair accessible taxis available.
- Disabled parking available next main entrance.
- All activities can be experienced.
Hearing Impaired Information
- Visual information provided.
Visually Impaired Information
- Tactile paving
- Braille information throughout park
Companion Card Information
- Carer receives 20% discount on entry price, presentation of companion card required.
On-going renovations to upgrade park and provide better facilities may interfere with access at the time of travel.
Caters for Visually Impaired
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Caters for Hearing Impaired
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12 May 2018
It was a wonderful experience. The tour guide was great, it was educational and entertaining. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to take your tour.
Cairns Aboriginal Cultural Park by Day Guest Review