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


  • 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 You Can Expect

Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai by Night Tour including Buffet Dinner

Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai by Night Tour including Buffet Dinner

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.


Customer Reviews

Sharon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018



5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.

Carrie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

Christal H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Love love love this show. Very interactive and educational. Food was amazing!

Lynne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very enjoyable evening and very professionally presented.

Jane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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!

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.

John G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Wonderful experience - Really enjoyed the show and the opportunity to try authentic aboriginal food including crocodile!!

Bob L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

ABSOLUTELY THE BEST SHOW I ATTENDED..... THEY WHERE AMAZING and getting to try all the different animal meats was a Delight...

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