Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns
This was a really great show. For a little over $100 you get a fantastic cultural show, free glass of wine upon arrival, and sumptuous buffet dinner along with Aboriginal dance spectacular and fire making.
The audience is fully involved and the entertainers are great, warm and friendly. Have a look at my videos on this page if you get a chance. Kimberly (Usctwin) was called upon to help make a fire with sticks. There was one funny bit where the entertainer looked at us in the audience and made a pretend lighter with his fingers with a cheeky grin. That was so funny :o)
Anyway, I totally recommend that you do this. When I am next in Cairns I intend to do it again, Link to book is below.
Dinner at Tjapukai was a fun way to spend our last night in Cairns. The price is $109 for adult and included is buffet dinner and entertainment. When you enter the Cultural Center, you are given a welcome drink of your choice. For 30 minutes or so, you mingle with the other guests as well as the Aborigine performers and are given the opportunity to get your face painted Aboriginal style.
Guests, about 75 in total, are then escorted to a lakeside fire and music ceremony. Guests learn how to sing fire songs while clapping traditional clapsticks together. Then follows the fire ceremony where performers make a fire using sticks.
Guests are escorted back inside for a buffet meal along with a show, a live cultural performance, as they call it. There is a time during the show where they ask for guests to join them on stage for a fire ceremony. I went up to try this and it's quite difficult rubbing those sticks together!
After dinner, they have a campfire where guests can hang out and talk with the performers and ask them questions.
It's a great way to get a crash course in Aboriginal culture while enjoying a meal.
If you are visiting Cairns Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park is a must see.
The moment you arrive you are warmly welcomed and transported into the world of Tjapukai which means 'Rainforest' and for those who live there Rainforest people.
25 years ago the Tjapukai story started in Kuranda in a shop basement and has grown into the most amazing Park situated at Smithfield ( a suburb ) north of Cairns.
The welcome drinks, didgeridoo and face painting before the fire ceremony is a lot of fun and then the invitation to collect clap sticks and follow the organisers down to the fire pit where you are taught to chant, sing and dance the traditional fire making ceremony..so much fun and then the fire making and lighting of the fire....a lit spear is thrown into the lake and a huge fire starts.. we were then led back to the main building where a fabulous buffet dinner with great food was waiting for us..then the dinner stage show began and I can't express how great it was.... I was really transported to another time and place..loved every minute and highly recommend this to all ages.
Tjapukai is proudly owned and operated by it's people.
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