One of Australia’s largest and most successful tourist destinations, visiting the park is a good introduction to Aboriginal culture.
The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
The traditional land of the Tjapukai people includes Mossman, Mareeba, the Tablelands, Cairns and Yarrabah surrounding area. The word Tjapukai means Rainforest, people of the rainforest.
The main objective of the Park is to provide an educational and entertaining experience. The forty thousand year old aboriginal culture is expressed through music and dance. The park is over 25 acres with the large modern building decorated with traditional Aboriginal theme and colours.
Visiting the Park
To get the full experience, allow 2 to 3 hours to see all the park has to offer. The park is open every day except Christmas day, from 9am-5pm during the day and 7-10pm for the night time show.
A shuttle bus service is available to and from Cairns and Port Douglas hotels for an additional charge when booking your tour. Day time admission is $33 for adults, $16.50 for children, and $28.50 for a family. Night time admission which includes a buffet dinner is $90 for adults, $46.50 for children and $226.50 for a family.
Full and Half Day Tours
Day time admission to the Park includes performances at the History, Creation and Dance theatres where you have the opportunity to learn about the history, spiritual and traditional beliefs of the Tjapukai people. The Creation theatre is definitely worth visiting. Aboriginal performers retell the story of the Tjapukai people, which is performed in the Tjapukai language and translated into eight languages through personal headsets.
While visiting the park you also have the opportunity to see the Magic Space Museum and Gallery House to view old artifacts and art of the Tjapuaki tribes. Check out the Tjapukai corroborees in the dance theatre and then go outside and learn how to play a Didgeridoo, how to throw a spear or boomerang, learn about bush foods and medicine and even get your face painted!
The Boomerang Restaurant is open for lunch, as well as the retail gallery where you can buy authentic aboriginal artifacts or a souvenir photo.
Dinner and Night Tour
The night time tour and dinner package at Tjapukai is a different experience from that during the day, and not as hands on. It includes a welcome drink and chance for face painting before being taken into the Magic Space theatre where your journey starts. This is followed by a lake side ceremony of dancing and singing, then following a flame lit path to the Boomerang Restaurant for your buffet dinner.
While you are enjoying your dinner, be entertained by the live cultural performance on stage. After your dinner of hot and cold dishes and desserts, you also have the chance to talk with performers around the camp fire.
To get the most out of your Tropical Rainforest Experience and time in Cairns, alot of people choose to combine their visit to the Aboriginal Cultural Theme Park with the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Kuranda Scenic Railway experience. Bookings are highly recommended.