Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park prides itself on its authenticity. The Tjapukai people inhabited the tropic region that extends from Cairns to Port Douglas and inland to Kuranda. Their name means ‘People of the Rainforest'. The displays and cultural dances within the park portray the Dreamtime through to the present reality of today's Tjapukai people.
What to see
- The Magic Space is a museum that houses artifacts once used by the Tjapukai people up to 40,000 years ago.
- The Creation Theatre is where live actors interact with giant holograms to retell the spiritual and traditional beliefs of the Tjapukai people. This performance, one of the most popular at the park, is told in the Tjapukai language but the audience can use personal headsets and hear the story told in any of 7 languages.
- The History Theatre is a small movie theatre playing a 20-minute presentation. This theatre recounts the history of Aboriginal people in the last 120 years. It discusses the effects of modern man's impact on the 40,000-year-old culture. This presentation can be confronting to some people whom are unaware of how the Aboriginal culture has been affected by European settlers.
- The Dance Theatre is a live performance set outdoors, celebrating traditional Tjapukai corroborees and songs.
- The Tjapukai Camp is where visitors can throw a boomerang, play a didgeridoo and sample bush foods with the Tjapukai people.
- The Gallery houses artwork, artifacts and souvenirs.
- The Boomerang Restaurant is an air-conditioned 5-star buffet restaurant, with an emphasis on native foods.
The Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park is open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm. They are closed only on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
For more information, Prices and booking Tjapukai by Day click HERE
Theatre presentations run many times each day, usually every hour. It's possible to spend an entire day at the cultural park by the time you see all the displays.
For more information, Prices and booking Tjapukai by Night click HERE
Tjapukai by Night plays every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday commencing at 7.30pm.
Cairns Aboriginal Cultural Park by Day
- Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches
The Tjapukai Gallery is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Cairns Aboriginal Cultural Park by Night | Night Fire
- Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Cairns Beaches
7:00pm - 10:000pm