Tjapukai By Day

Tjapukai By Day


Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations.

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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 our 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.

 

Our Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional cultural events, dance, art and interactive demonstration.


Boomerang throwing

Spear throwing

Bush foods & medicine

Dance theatre

Hunting & weapons

Digeridoo show

Cultural creations

Bayngga (Traditional oven)

Guided bush food trail

Restaurant & events

Bundarra dingal (Cassowary egg) Theatre

History & Heroes journey

Canopy breezway

Reception

Online shop

Bulurru storywaters Theatre

Tjapukai By Day

Scheduled Timetable

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Suggested Itinerary

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General Admission

General Admission Enquire

Watch Indigenous performers bring the world’s oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and interactive demonstrations. General admission includes:
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$42 Child $62 Adult $166 Family

Kuranda, Scenic Rail, Skyrail & Tjapukai

Kuranda / Skyrail / Tjapukai Full Day Tour Enquire

Experience the contrast of the region’s oldest railway and the world’s most beautiful Cableway. Tjapukai is our first stop this morning and includes lunch. Then board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for a journey over the World Heritage listed rainforest, before free time in Kuranda. Board the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail for the return journey to Cairns....

126 Child 236 Adult 635 Family

General Admission + Cultural Creations

General Admission + Cultural Creations Enquire

All General Admission inclusions, Paint a boomerang with Indigenous artist...

$58 Child $88 Adult $234 Family

General Admission + Indigenous Guided Bush Food Trail

General Admission + Indigenous Guided Bush Food Trail Enquire

Personalised Indigenous Tour Guide, Learn about native plants, bush foods and traditional medicine...

$58 Child $88 Adult $234 Family

General Admission + Both Activities

General Admission + Both Activities Enquire

General Admission + Both Activities - Cultural Creations + Guided Bush Food Trail...

$70 Child $108 Adult $286 Family

Tjapukai Full Experience

Enjoy the day at Tjapukai with the Full Experience! Enquire

All General Admission inclusions plus both Indigenous Guided Bush Food Trail, Cultural Creations, delicious Bayngga Buffet Lunch and Afternoon Tea of Damper and native fruit Jams....

$85 Child $138 Adult $361 Family

Locals Annual Pass

Tjapukai Locals Annual Pass Enquire

Enjoy the benefits of unlimited day entry and discounted Night Fire visits with the Tjapukai Locals Annual Pass...

40 Child 60 Adult 160 Family

Cultural Centre Experience

Tjapukai By Day

Live Dance Performance

Tjapukai By Day

Cultural Village Experience

Tjapukai By Day

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Tjapukai By Day

Daily Schedule

2 & 1/2 hour guided tours depart our reception at 09:15, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00 and include:

  • Art of My People – face painting
  • Tjapukai Creation Story
  • History and Heroes Journey
  • Bayngga Traditional Oven Demonstration
  • Bush Foods and Medicines Presentation
  • Hunting and Weapons Demonstration
  • Didgeridoo Show
  • Boomerang and Spear Throwing

You are also welcome to enjoy our facilities and shows at your leisure.

Our restaurant serves lunch from midday to 2pm daily. Buffet Lunch available Adults $30 Children $15, Family $75. 

Our Gift Shop is open 9am to 5pm daily.



 





Suggested Itinerary

2 & 1/2 hour guided tours depart our reception at 09:15, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00 and includes:

  • Art of My People – face painting
  • Tjapukai Creation Story
  • History and Heroes Journey
  • Bayngga Traditional Oven Demonstration
  • Bush Foods and Medicines Presentation
  • Hunting and Weapons Demonstration
  • Didgeridoo Show
  • Boomerang and Spear Throwing

Other Activities:

11:30am Cultural Creations (1 hr)  |  13:00pm Indigenous Guided Bush Food Trail (1hr)

Our Recommendations:

To participate in the Cultural Creations activity, we recommend you attend the 09:00, 13:00, 13:30 or 14:00 guided tour.

To participate in the Guided Bush Food Trail activity, we recommend you attend the 09.00, 09.15, 09.30, 10.00, 10.30 or 14.00 guided tour.

Our restaurant serves lunch from midday to 2pm daily.

Buffet Lunch available Adults $25 Children $15 

Our Gift Shop is open 9am to 5pm daily.



 









Cultural Centre Experience


History and Heroes Journey

Discover Australia’s Indigenous heroes and watch historic films.

A collection of short films and a photographic exhibition explores the diverse history of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the shattering impact of the Stolen Generation to our inspiring Indigenous heroes, both past and present.


Creation Story

Special effects and live performers immerse you in a Dreamtime story.

Bulurru Story Waters Theatre as live performers and innovative special effects transport you into an ancient Dreamtime world where animals and the seasons governed the lives of the land’s Traditional Owners.


Didgeridoo Show

See a didgeridoo performance and discover its unique history.

The haunting sounds of the didgeridoo are central to Australian Indigenous culture. Discover how this woodwind instrument is traditionally made and the many techniques used to create its unique storytelling sound.


Art of my People

See an exhibition of authentic Indigenous art.

Reflecting the beautiful World Heritage rainforest of Tropical North Queensland, the Canopy Breezeway is an airy and light-filled event space hosting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art exhibitions and showcasing significant Indigenous artifacts.

Live Dance Performance


Torres Strait Island Dance and Songs

Torres Strait Islander culture is shared through dance and song.

Rhythmic drumming, beautiful islander harmonies and spectacular Dhari head dresses will introduce you to the colourful culture of the Torres Strait Islander people, who come from the islands between the northern tip of Australia and Papua New Guinea.


Tjapukai Dance Performance

The Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers invite you to join their corroboree.

Join the world famous Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers in a corroboree celebration sharing stories of the hunt through the dances of the kangaroo, brolga and cassowary. Learn the Djabugay language through interactive song and dance and finish with a fire making ceremony..

Cultural Village Experience


Bush Foods & Medicine

Learn how Aboriginal people use bush plants for medicine and food.

Join the Tjapukai women for an insight into the ancient medicinal and culinary uses of native plants, fruits and seeds, which the Aboriginal people gathered. Learn how toxins are leached from poisonous rainforest plants and interesting facts like how flowers speak to you, telling you when the seasons will change and when it’s time to move hunting grounds.


Hunting and Weapons

Join the Tjapukai warriors to learn about hunting and weapons.

Enter the world of men’s lore which carries the responsibility of strict clan discipline and tribal warfare. Learn about the traditional tools used for hunting including the unique uses for a variety of different shaped boomerangs.


Didgeridoo Show

See a didgeridoo performance and discover its unique history.

The haunting sounds of the didgeridoo are central to Australian Indigenous culture. Discover how this woodwind instrument is traditionally made and the many techniques used to create its unique storytelling sound.


Spear and Boomerang Throwing

The Tjapukai warriors will teach you how throw a boomerang and a spear.

Learn the techniques of traditional hunting under the guidance of a Tjapukai warrior who will show you how to throw a spear at a target and the correct way to throw a boomerang to make sure it returns. Practise on targets at the throwing field.