Tjapukai by Day – Tjapukai Full Experience


Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Full day experience including creation story, Aboriginal dance performance, bush foods and medicines presentation, weapons and hunting presentation, didgeridoo demonstration, boomerang, spear throwing activity, boomerang painting with Cultural Creation and Guided Bush Food Trail with Afternoon Tea. Tropical buffet lunch also included.

*Due to COVID-19, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park remains temporarily closed until further notice.*

from $85

Insights into your experience

Located in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Tjapukai has been sharing the authentic culture and traditions of the local Djabugay people for the past 28 years, providing employment opportunities for their people and giving the performers immense pride in demonstrating their culture.

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 Aboriginal 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 vibrant Tjapukai performers.

The Full Experience also includes Cultural Creations - with talented artists make your own souvenirs, creating natural rainforest style jewellery, intricate weaving and painting your own returning boomerang in traditional Aboriginal style. It also includes an Aboriginal 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.

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


Afternoon tea
Wheel chair access

You should bring

Walking shoes
Water bottle

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Things to know

Opening Hours: Tjapukai by Day is open daily 9:00am to 5:00pm except Christmas Day. Latest suggested arrival time is 2pm to see the afternoon schedule of shows; for the Tjapukai Full Experience you must arrive before 11am. Night Fire by Tjapukai is open 7pm - 9.30pm daily except Christmas Day.

Cost includes:

  • General admission
  • Creation Story in 360° Theatre
  • Art of My People
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Performance
  • Bush Foods & Medicines Presentation
  • Hunting & Weapons Presentation
  • Didgeridoo Show
  • Boomerang & Spear Throwing
  • Cultural Creations - Paint a boomerang with an Aboriginal artist
  • Learn the art of weaving
  • Make traditional Jewellery
  • Delicious Bayngga Buffet Lunch in Flame Tree Restaurant
  • Aboriginal Guided Bush Food Trail - learn about native plants, bush foods and traditional medicine
  • Afternoon Tea - taste native fruit jams, homemade damper and billy tea

To participate in the full experience, you must arrive before 11am. Transfers are available on request. Wear comfortable walking shoes, casual clothes and bring sunscreen, hat, mosquito repellent.

Meeting point

Tjapukai Reception - 4 Skyrail Drive, Smithfield (Cairns) Queensland.


Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is located at 4 Skyrail Drive Smithfield QLD 4878

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