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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.
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.
Love love love this show. Very interactive and educational. Food was amazing!
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 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!
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 enjoyed the show and the opportunity to try authentic aboriginal food including crocodile!!
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST SHOW I ATTENDED..... THEY WHERE AMAZING and getting to try all the different animal meats was a Delight...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 !
Great evening, atmosphere, food, people, could not be faulted. Jeri and Brian Mills South Africa
Absolutely fabulous. This trip is great fun. Really enjoyed all the Aboriginal stories, music, dance etc. Great meal and a very enjoyable evening. :-)
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!
Eben F USA
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.
I didn't know what to expect with this tour when I booked it but it was surprisingly good. We received a welcome drink upon arrival and all staff were very friendly and helpful. The show put on by the dancers was informative and great audience interaction made it even better with everyone dancing around the fire and tapping with rhythm sticks. The buffet dinner was very good with great selection for all tastes and the wine was very competitively priced. A great night :)
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