Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns
The Tjapukai Cultural Park is the only authorised presentation of Aboriginal culture in the Tjapukai Tribal area. The Tjapukai communities and their elders have approved and overseen the materials presented in the park. They own the land the park is situated on and have a substantial equity interest in the venture. The park is located 11 km from Cairns.
For more details, check out my ‘Travelogue’ about the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.
We spend 2-3 interesting hours in the park. Visit the History Theatre, the Magic Space, the Creation Theatre and the Aboriginal village with the Dance Theatre - or try boomerang and spear throwing, fire-making and didgeridoo playing.
If you're staying in the Cairns/Kuranda area you can save money if you buy tickets to Tjapukai, Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway at the same time.
You must visit Tjapukai aboriginal center about 15 min north of Cairns. You turn off at the same exit as you do for the skyrail, go through the parking lot and park. There are 2 shows as you go in, one on history and one on creation, next you are taken through to see the dancing, very entertaining and interesting. Next came a display and discussion about the food and fruits of the bush. The spear throwing and boomerang throwing are both exciting too. You can have you photo taken throwing the boomerang. As you cross the little bridge to go to the dancing, be sure to look down and see all the turtles and the odd eel too. The gift shop is really lovely to look at and has lots of things to buy to take home. I really enjoyed this experience, and because I am now a local, I have a pass to get in when I take all my friends and relatives back to see Tjapukai.
If you're looking to learn a little about the Aboriginal culture, a trip to Tjapuki Aboriginal Cultural Park is in order. Run by aboriginals of the Tjapuki tribe, at first arrival they teach you about their history and culture. This includes how to play a digideroo, and how to throw a spear and boomerang. Later you move on to a traditional fire ceremony in order to prepare for dinner. Dinner is provided buffet-style, and it is without a doubt the best meal I ate during my time in Australia (possibly even one of the best meals in my life). There is something for every appetite, all excellently and deliciously prepared. After dinner the Tjapuki demonstrate some of their traditional dances and even ask for a little audience participation.
you surely won't miss a thing in this cultural park as their schedule is so well set that no matter when you visit this park, you can join any one of their show provided.
what i like the most is "The Creation Theatre" and " boomerang and Spear throwing". The Creation Theatre is a show about the creation of the world from the Tjapukai mythology. it presents with the help of technology which give audience an amazing time.
boomerang and spear hrowing is a good way to know how did the people get their prey in the old time. nice experience too!
Tjapukai is an Aboriginal History and Culture centre that was opened in 1987 to showcase the Abroiginal Culture through song dance, and other exhibits. It is located on a nice piece of property just north of the City of Cairns, and is an award winning cultural show.
There are information centres where you can read and see exhibits, then you can sit through a cultural show which show you a little of the "Dreamtime" story which shows the creation of the world through Aboriginal eyes.
You should expect to stay for 3-4 hours to enjoy the two formal presentations, the cultural show, and then to experience throwing a boomerang or spear.
Tjapukai Cultural Park is an excellent place to learn about and experience aboriginal culture. There are many different activites. There is a dance theater, a film on the history, a traditional camp where you can learn to throw a boomerang and a spear (It's a lot harder than it looks!) and plenty of other demonstrations. There is much more to see here in the way of a museum and a "creation theater" in which the story is told in native language (they have headsets to be able to understand it in different languages