Discover the history and culture of the Aboriginal Tjapukai people at this showcase park dedicated to the indigenous culture.
The Tjapukai (pronounced Jab-oo-guy) Aboriginal Cultural Park is located at the base of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, around 15 minutes drive north of Cairns.
Allow two to three hours to view the whole spectacle that includes a dance performance and the opportunity to participate in interactive activities while learning about bush foods and medicines.
In the Creation Theatre, watch performers tell the story of the creation of the world according to the spiritual beliefs of Tjapukai people and in the History Theatre, see a 20-minute film documenting the history of the Tjapukai people since the arrival of white settlers in the late 18th century.
At the cultural village you can even try your hand at throwing a boomerang or a spear, learn traditional fire-making and attempt didgeridoo playing. A nearby gallery offers authentic Aboriginal artworks, artefacts and didgeridoo instruments for sale.
There is a choice of day and night performances. The Tjapukai by Night performance runs daily from 7:30 to 9:30pm and includes an interactive show featuring a join-in corroboree (an Aboriginal nighttime dance), a Quinkan spirit performance and a spectacular fire-making show followed by a buffet dinner and cultural dance performance.
Location: Captain Cook Highway (beside the Skyrail terminal)
Phone: 07/4042 9900
Admission: A$36 Tjapukai by day; A$99 Tjapukai by Night
Hours: Daily 9am-9-30pm; Tjapukai by Night performance – daily 7:30 to 9:30pm; Closed Dec 25
Latest update: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns: 23 November, 2018
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