Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Tours
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The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park offers a fascinating insight into Australia’s diverse Aboriginal heritage. Visitors can discover the 40,000-year history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and experience the Tjapukai people’s arts, traditions, and foods.
Most visitors arrive at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park from Cairns, and there are plenty of options for half- and full-day tours. Standard entrance tickets include access to the Creation Theater, where Aboriginal folklore and myths are brought to life; the Cultural Village, which hosts traditional corroboree celebrations, live music, and dance shows; and plenty of fun interactive activities. A night visit is even more atmospheric with a lakeside fire ceremony, spectacular cultural show, and a delicious buffet dinner all included.
For the best value, combine your visit with a city tour of Cairns, nearby family attractions such as Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, or a thrilling ride on the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which starts right next door to Tjapukai.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing to take part in the activities—sunscreen, a hat, and mosquito repellent are also recommended.
- There is a gift shop selling souvenirs and indigenous crafts sourced from across Australia, a restaurant serving a buffet lunch and dinner, and a bar and café on-site.
- Free Wi-Fi is available in the Cultural Centre building.
- Tjapukai is wheelchair accessible and has activities suitable for all ages and abilities.
How to Get to There
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a short drive north of Cairns off Captain Cook Highway, next to Smithfield Station of Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Visitors can take advantage of an hourly shuttle service to and from Cairns, the northern beaches, and Port Douglas. Bus 123 also runs to the park from Cairns or else it’s a short taxi ride from the town center.
When to Get There
Tjapukai is open daily year-round and, like most Cairns attractions, it’s busiest on weekends and during the summer holidays (December–January). Shows, demonstrations, and interactive workshops are repeated morning and afternoon, so it’s best to arrive either at opening or before 2pm to enjoy all the activities, while night visits start from 7pm.
Tjapukai Cultural Activities
There are plenty of fun ways to get involved at Tjapukai. Sample bush tucker (foods native to Australia) at the Cultural Village, try your hand at spear- and boomerang-throwing, learn to play the didgeridoo, and dance around the campfire. Additional bookable activities include a guided tasting and demonstration of bush foods, native plants, and natural medicines; and a traditional handicrafts workshop involving boomerang painting, weaving, and jewelry making.
Address: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Western Arterial Road, Cairns 4878, Australia
8 Tours and Activities to Experience Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
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Immerse yourself in traditional Australian culture with a half- or full-day tour of the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park from Cairns. Get hands-on as you master boomerang or spear throwing, try basket weaving or take a didgeridoo lesson, then tuck into a delicious buffet lunch (not included). That’s not all: you’ll also get chance to learn about bush tucker and herbal medicines, hear Dreamtime stories from Aboriginal performers and be entertained with traditional art, dance and handicraft demonstrations.
Explore the lush beauty, amazing wildlife and rich heritage of Tropical North Queensland on this customizable full-day trip to Kuranda from Cairns. Travel to this enchanting rain forest village aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway, and choose from a variety of activities including visits to the Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park and Rainforestation Nature Park. Hang out with koalas and exotic birds, browse local markets and opt to include a delicious buffet lunch. At the end of the day, glide through the treetops back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Take a day trip from Cairns to Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and return via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Alternatively, make the 1-way journey by railway and return by skyrail. Enjoy a tranquil ride as you soar above the rainforest canopy, with views from Cairns all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, and spend free time in Kuranda Village. If you wish, upgrade your transport with admission to the Rainforestation Nature Park or Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park — the latter option with or without lunch.
Enjoy a full-day tour to two of the top attractions near Cairns: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Tjapukai Cultural Park. The toothy star attraction of Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures leaps out of the water during the Crocodile Attack Show, and can be viewed up close during the included boat tour. Explore the living history of the Aboriginal Tjapukai people during your visit to Tjapukai Cultural Park, learning about traditions like making fire, boomerang and spear throwing, and didgeridoo music and more. Includes admission and hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns.
Nature and Wildlife
Experience the highlights of Tropical North Queensland with this diverse 4-day tour of Cairns and surrounds. Explore the famous coral gardens and marine life of the Great Barrier Reef with a catamaran cruise, snorkeling adventure and visit to an underwater observatory. Delve into the area’s indigenous history on a tour of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, and explore the village of Kuranda after a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. All accommodation, ground transport and logistics are arranged for a smooth, hassle-free vacation.
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.
See the best of Cairns on a full-day combo tour that includes a morning visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and an afternoon sightseeing tour by coach. Learn about the living history of the Tjapukai people, the Australian indigenous people from Queensland’s far north as you hear Dreamtime stories and watch a corroboree performance, then learn about the boomerang, didgeridoo and fire making. Your city sightseeing tour takes in top attractions such as St Monica's Cathedral, the Flecker Botanic Gardens, several scenic lookouts, Barron Gorge National Park and Palm Cove.
Get ready for an exciting day, Experiencing three award-winning Tropical North Queensland attractions! Immerse yourself in all that is FNQ; - 8:30am Hotel Pickup - 9:30am Arrive at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures - 2.5 Hours free time - 12:00pm Be transferred by Air-conditioned Coach to Tjapukai Cultural Park - 12:30pm Arrive at Tjapukai Cultural Park - Lunch and Tour - 3:30pm Meet again for Air-conditioned Transfers to Cairns Aquarium - 4:00pm Arrive at Cairns Aquarium - 1 Hour free time - 5:00pm Return via Air-conditioned Coach to your Accommodation.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park?
The best ways to experience Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park are:
- Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park Day Trip from Cairns
- Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Cairns
- Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Cairns
- Hartley's Crocodile Adventures and Tjapukai Cultural Park Day Trip from Cairns
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