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Join in interactive activities and watch theatrical performances during a special evening of Aboriginal culture. Learn about the traditional customs of Australia’s indigenous Tjapukai people as they share stories of the rainforest during an enthralling dance show. Enjoy canapés and a buffet dinner. Upgrade to include a welcome drink and lakeside ceremony plus hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns and Northern Beaches.

Highlights

  • 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

Start your Aboriginal Tjapukai cultural experience with hotel pickup from Cairns and Northern Beaches and be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival at the venue (if option selected). 

Follow the resonant call of the didgeridoo across a flame-lit bridge to the rainforest theater, where the Tjapukai people — whose name means ‘rainforest’ — take the stage. You’ll see a dynamic spectacle with an inimitable blend of humor, music and dance. The Tjapukai Dreamtime story unfolds as you hear legends about Queensland's wet and dry seasons.

Upgrade your cultural experience to include a lakeside ceremony before dinner. You’ll form part of the Rainbow Serpent Circle and take part in an Aboriginal celebration of music, chanting and dance that culminates in a fire-making ceremony. An illuminating fireball is sent across the lake while the Tjapukai people appear in a flame-lit canoe to escort guests to the dining venue. 

You'll feast on canapés infused with native flavors and enjoy an international buffet dinner that includes sumptuous dishes accompanied by dessert, tea and coffee. 

When the lights dim, the performers invite you to join them by the campfire for photos and an intimate chat. Before returning to your hotel (if option selected), there is time to explore the award-winning Tjapukai Fine Art Gallery.

Itinerary

CANAPES
Daily selection from a range of canapes
  • Braised emu with pureed sweet yam 
  • Kangaroo koftas
  • Lemongrass-scented tuna on cucumber
  • Sugarcane skewered crocodile

BUFFET DINNER MENU
Please note that menu is subject to change due to seasonal availability

Bread
  • Freshly baked damper

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

Salads
  • Freshly prepared local salads
  • Roasted sweet potato and macadamia salad
  • Banana flower salad
  • A selection of assorted condiments, chutneys and dressings
Seafood
  • Mussels in Davidson plum 
  • Prawns with lemon myrtle aioli

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
  • Roasted chat potatoes
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Steamed rice

Dessert
  • Selection of daily prepared desserts – Davidson plum cheesecake, Gluten free chocolate brownies, Lemon myrtle tarts, Caramel chocolate tarts
  • Fresh fruits and cream

North Queensland gold coffee & Daintree tea

Customer Reviews

Omotayo I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

AWESOME, SHOW and History Lesson. Had a chance to taste some kangaroo and emu.. other food was great as well. Transports to and from were on time.

Karen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was really touristy, but really fun! You get picked up from your hotel and really have fun learning about the Aboriginal culture. They actually paint your face and try to get you involved through in their dancing and during the fire-making ceremony. All of the staff were incredibly friendly and happy to be in pictures with you. Gift shop was also very interesting and lovely!

Yvonne B

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.

gigigra

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.

rod g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

a must see

Gill C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Lovely evening. Food superb.

ANUBIS09

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 !

Brian M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

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

Ingrid W

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. :-)

Melissa G

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!

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