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Tjapukai Night Fire Aboriginal Dinner & Show

Smithfield, Australia
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • 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

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Welcome drink
  • Dance show performance by the World Famous Tjapukai Dancers
  • Dinner
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, 4 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia

Pickup Details

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Departure Time

Departing Cairns
4/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Depart Northern Beaches Family
4/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Tjapukai by Night Only
4/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:45 PM - 09:30 PM
Departing Northern Beaches
4/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Tjapukai by Night Only Family
4/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:45 PM - 09:30 PM
Departing Cairns Family Pass
4/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

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.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Nightfire is Tjapukai’s evening experience meeting the Bama, the Indigenous rainforest people, who paint your face to link you to their traditional land and take you on a mesmerising journey with the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo.

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note: Pick-up and drop-off from Port Douglas hotels is not available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
Operated by Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Tjapukai Night Fire Aboriginal Dinner & Show?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

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I would highly recommend this tour for those who wish to learn about the native people of Australia and their customs.
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Aboriginal culture dinner and show
Lawrence_B, Feb 2020
Dinner was very good. Performance was great. I would highly recommend this tour for those who wish to learn about the native people of Australia and their customs.
Very informative and enjoyable evening.
Seguin, Feb 2020
This was such a great evening. Filled with great information about the indigenous people of Cairns. A must for anyone visiting Cairns. Thanks for the great memories.
Educational, but a bit overprced
Noah S, Aug 2019
The food was interesting, but It would have been nicer outside. I enjoyed the show and learned a lot. Was a bit expensive for what it was though.
This is not the place to really learn about culture
Susan_W, Oct 2018
The buffet was really good but this is not where you really learn about culture. There were three separate experiences. First, they tell you about the musical instrument they use. This took about 5 minutes and was interesting. The second took about 20 minutes and they paint your face with stripes to represent a tribe, They show you how to start a fire. You spend a lot of time in a circle standing. It was okay. The third is when you go in to eat and they have a show. This is where you are supposed to learn about the culture. It felt like five guys making up a show as they went along. You couldn't understand what they were saying. Our large group left saying, "What was that all about?" Again, food was good and a large selection. But it was several hours where I hoped to really learn about the culture and just didn't.
We enjoyed the start, the fire...
Steven M, May 2018
We enjoyed the start, the fire making ceremony is enjoyable and a little interactive but things got, for lack of a better word, corny after that. After the ceremony you are treated to a buffet, some available foods are very good, some are average or bland, not a bad meal but not great either, the buffet lasts about 45min and around the end of this time my entire table was sitting around wondering if there was anything else happening. the performers came back onstage for a final 20 minutes and while I do not want to be insulting towards any of their culture or traditions, that final porting is very hokey. All of the sound quality is bad, the speakers crackle and are muffled when the performers speak or sing. I enjoyed when they were playing the didgeridoo, but then they inexplicably began playing a terrible piano recording on top of the performers playing. We left the show feeling like we could have spent our time much better.
I wanted very much to visit the...
ANTHONY_B, Feb 2018
I wanted very much to visit the outdoor gallery of aboriginal art near Laura, north of Cairns, but we couldn't work out the logistics of getting there and back from Cairns. We wanted some direct experience with the first nation people of Australia, and the Aboriginal Culture Tour was a nice alternative for us. The performers at the beautiful, new performance center outside of Cairns were very good and very engaging. We truly enjoyed every moment of the performance. The meal which followed was also very good. The Tjapukai Center also has an excellent gift shop.
Very pleasant evening. Gave us a...
Edward W, Jan 2018
Very pleasant evening. Gave us a sense of history and the aborigines culture in Australia. Show was interactive and fun. Dinner was ok with something for everyone. Overall a relaxing and fun evening.
This was one of our favorite...
Carrie L, Dec 2017
This was one of our favorite experiences of our trip. We booked this somewhat last minute, and so glad that we did. The excursion includes pick up and drop off from the hotel. When you arrive, there are complimentary drinks and face painting. When the show begins, the dancers call everyone to the area by blowing a conch shell. From there, you are lead by torch to the arena to watch the dancing. The performers were excellent and were very passionate about the culture. We attended another's Aboriginal show in Kuranda a few days later. This show blew the one in Kuranda away! I can still hear some of the songs in my head as I write this. The buffet dinner is great with a huge variety. If you want a great culture experience, this is a great opportunity. I highly recommend to anyone visiting Cairns.
This was our first activity in the...
Don V, Dec 2017
This was our first activity in the area. And it was a good way to start. However, the setting was maybe a bit bigger than the performance for me. Due in part to my expectations. Some of the performers lacked my preconceived Aboriginal look. What they did was good. The story they told, however, was a bit hard to keep up with. They buffet with all the various meats, kangaroo, emu, croc ribs, was very good.
It was a great tour, but we did the...
Sheila R, Oct 2017
It was a great tour, but we did the day tour earlier in the day, so most things were the same except for the dinner. The food was great and I got a chance to try kangaroo and crocodile. I think it would be advisable to tell people that the Night tour is almost the same as the day tour.
Love love love this show. Very...
JASON_F, Oct 2017
Love love love this show. Very interactive and educational. Food was amazing!
Very enjoyable evening and very...
Lynne T, Oct 2017
Very enjoyable evening and very professionally presented.
There were four of us who all...
Jane L, Jun 2017
There were four of us who all enjoyed the experience, we were greeted with a drink and appetizers and time in the gift shop while all guests arrived. The demonstration started in the lobby with us getting our faces painted. They started by telling us some history about the culture. We were then led out to the dance stadium and then to the fire making pit. This was followed up by a great buffet where some surprisingly delicious options were given to try some native foods. If you want a delicious taste of culture this was a great experience. We also had hotel transfers included.
The show was great and the food was...
Donna_M, Mar 2017
The show was great and the food was fantastic. We learned interesting things about history and culture in a fun way. We even got our faces painted! Easy pickup and drop off. It was by far the best dance demonstration we saw in our two weeks in Australia. Well done!
Experience was good but bit pricy...
ASTHA_B, Mar 2017
Experience was good but bit pricy affair. Also not much options for a vegetarian
Nice Tour - they picked us up at...
John G, Mar 2017
Nice Tour - they picked us up at our hotel on time and delivered us to the museum and aboriginal cultural park. The champagne and face painting in the museum, followed by the Aboriginal Show, and then buffet dinner that featured a variety of traditional Aboriginal foods made it quite a night to remember.
Wonderful experience - Really...
John G, Mar 2017
Wonderful experience - Really enjoyed the show and the opportunity to try authentic aboriginal food including crocodile!!
Robert_L, Feb 2017
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST SHOW I ATTENDED..... THEY WHERE AMAZING and getting to try all the different animal meats was a Delight...
It was very interesting and you...
Angela M, Jul 2016
It was very interesting and you learn a lot about the male culture. It would have been nice if they would have had some of the women represented as well. The events outside were a lot of fun. The dinner offered a lot of different choices and if I did not have allergies I would love to have tried a few things.
AWESOME, SHOW and History Lesson...
Omotayo I, Apr 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.


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