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  • Location:Cairns, Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Australia
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Come and join the traditional people of Australia in a special evening of Aboriginal culture. Tjapukai means rainforest and on this engaging cultural tour you'll hear the story of the Tjapukai people, watch theatrical performances, join in interactive activities and learn the traditonal customs of the rainforest and its people.


  • Tjapukai Aboriginal cultural show and dinner
  • Dramatic night-time Welcome and Lakeside ceremonies
  • Experience the magic and theater of Aboriginal culture
  • Pickup and drop-off from central Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels

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What You Can Expect

Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai by Night Tour including Buffet Dinner

Aboriginal Culture Tjapukai by Night

The Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai tour includes a drink on arrival, Welcome Ceremony, Lakeside Ceremony, dance show, international buffet dinner, dessert, tea and coffee. It's an experience that will leave you with deep and lasting memory of Australia's traditional people and culture.

From the moment you arrive at Tjapukai Cultural Park you will feel the powerful spirit of Australia vibrate through the atmosphere, creating an intense and mysterious mood. As you enter, the Magic Space, the Quinkin spirits come to life to take you on a journey through the Storywaters into the Dreamtime. Thunder and lightning herald the Gadja,a glowing Dreamtime spirit, and his opposite the towering , Quinkin, bidding you to enter the past.

In the haunting Lakeside Ceremony, guests form part of the Rainbow Serpent Circle and share in an Aboriginal celebration consisting of music, chanting and dance that culminates in a magical fire-making ceremony. The fire is sent soaring across the lake to become a magical fireball, illuminating the lakeside and the audience. The Tjapukai people then appear in a flame-lit canoe, arriving to escort guests to the night's dining venue, The Boomerang Restaurant.

At the glowing restaurant, the evening culminates in a sumptuous international buffet menu. Then the lights dim and the Tjapakai people take the stage, presenting their culture with their inimitable blend of theater and humor. You will find yourself connecting with their love of fun in a world where there are no barriers, only joy and laughter.

Before returning to your hotel, there is time to explore the award-winning Tjapukai Fine Art Gallery.


Please note that menu is subject to change due to seasonal availability

Freshly baked damper

Red miso soup with traditional condiments
Butternut pumpkin soup with sour cream and shallots

Freshly prepared local salads
Caesar salad with condiments
Assorted anti pasto platters
Seafood selection
A selection of assorted condiments, chutneys and dressings

Hot Selection
Grilled rib eye dusted with mountain pepper and forest mushrooms
Lemon aspen braised chicken breast on wilted greens
Steamed fish with ruby grapefruit and dill cream
Roast pork with accompanying sauces
Spinach & ricotta lasagna
Roasted chat potatoes
Seasonal vegetables
Steamed rice

Selection of daily prepared gateaux, mousses, bavarois, slices and tortes
Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry ice-cream
Fresh fruits and cream

North Queensland gold coffee & Daintree tea

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great experience! The staff were attentive and helpful, the meal was great, The Aboriginal dancing and storytelling were fantastic and inclusive. I learned lots, only to realise how little I know. I highly recommend this evening.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Transfers to /from hotel were on time. We were greeted with a glass of champagne at the centre before going outside for the outdoor show which we all participated in. Very good. Then dinner back inside. Buffet style, looks of choice, amongst which was freshly baked fish, beautiful! Another show after we had eaten before mingling with the cast afterwards for photos before being transferred back to the hotel. A great night had by all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

a must see

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Lovely evening. Food superb.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Definitely a tour for all ages ! Very entertaining ! Dancers were fabulous !

Huge buffet dinner was great ! Cultural , educational for all ages !! The digeredo (sp) was a one of a lifetime event ... I bought a DVD to bring home for others to experience.

highly recommend this tour !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Great evening, atmosphere, food, people, could not be faulted. Jeri and Brian Mills South Africa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Absolutely fabulous. This trip is great fun. Really enjoyed all the Aboriginal stories, music, dance etc. Great meal and a very enjoyable evening. :-)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

This was a fun experience! Learning about the aboriginal culture, watching them perform and make a fire. I was chosen to go up on stage and help make a fire. It was a lot of fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Very well organized, great explanation of Tjapukai culture, good show (3 parts to it) and very nice buffet dinner with many options to select from.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

this evening was well worth going to for all the family

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