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  •  Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park: Tjapukai by Day - General Admission + Both Activities (Cultural Creations & Guided Bush Food Trail) + Buffet Lunch

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park: Tjapukai by Day - General Admission + Both Activities (Cultural Creations & Guided Bush Food Trail) + Buffet Lunch

  • Cairns
  • English
  • Flexible. Up to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirm

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. All General Admission inclusions:
  • - Creation Story in 360° Theatre
  • - Art of My People
  • - Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Performance
  • - Bush Foods & Medicines Presentation
  • - Hunting & Weapons Presentation
  • - Didgeridoo Show
  • - Boomerang & Spear Throwing
  • 2. Guided Bush Food Trail:
  • - Dedicated Indigenous Tour Guide
  • - Guided walk through Tjapukai parklands
  • - Learn about native plants, bush foods and traditional medicine
  • - Taste native fruit jams with homemade damper and billy tea
  • 3. Cultural Creations:
  • - Paint a Boomerang with an Indigenous Artist
  • - Learn the Art of Weaving
  • - Make traditional Jewellery
  • - Take home unique handmade souvenirs
  • 4. Buffet Lunch
From AUD
$138.00

1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. All General Admission inclusions:
  • - Creation Story in 360° Theatre
  • - Art of My People
  • - Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Performance
  • - Bush Foods & Medicines Presentation
  • - Hunting & Weapons Presentation
  • - Didgeridoo Show
  • - Boomerang & Spear Throwing
  • 2. Guided Bush Food Trail:
  • - Dedicated Indigenous Tour Guide
  • - Guided walk through Tjapukai parklands
  • - Learn about native plants, bush foods and traditional medicine
  • - Taste native fruit jams with homemade damper and billy tea
  • 3. Cultural Creations:
  • - Paint a Boomerang with an Indigenous Artist
  • - Learn the Art of Weaving
  • - Make traditional Jewellery
  • - Take home unique handmade souvenirs
  • 4. Buffet Lunch

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
  • 5. Any optional extra items (including but not limited to rides / shows / encounters / experiences / photo packages) that are not included in the standard admission. All optional extra items are at own expense.
Destination Cairns
Address Cairns Western Arterial Rd, Caravonica QLD 4878 Australia
How to get there ● By Car
- Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is located in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. The park is approximately 20 minutes by car from Cairns City, 15 minutes from Palm Cove and 45 minutes from Port Douglas. Tjapukai is situated next door to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway on the corner of the Captain Cook Hwy and the Cairns Western Arterial Road.
- Tjapukai offers car parking.
- Parking fees apply.

● By Public Transport
- Public transport connects with Tjapukai via Translink Route 123 from the Cairns City Place Bus Stop and returns from the Tjapukai Bus Stop.
- Please check the Transport QLD timetables (https://translink.com.au/) for more details to plan your trip.

● Alternatively you can choose to book this product with return hotel transfer services.
Operating hours
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - Daily (All Year) 09:00 - 17:00 To participate in the Cultural Creations and Guided Bush Food Trail, suggested arrival time: 09:00
Cultural Creations 11:00 - 12:00 (approx.)
Guided Bush Food Trail 13:00 - 14:00 (approx.)
Christmas Day (25 December) Closed
Check-in requirements To participate in the Cultural Creations and Guided Bush Food Trail, please ensure you arrive at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park at 09:00, to allow enough time to check in. Regrettably, failure to arrive before this time will most likely be classified as no-show and result in forfeiting the booking and it cannot be refunded or transferred.

If you are not familiar with the area or travelling on a weekend or local public holidays / school holidays, please make sure you've checked your timetable or driving route beforehand, and allow extra travelling time for unexpected delays to ensure you do not miss your check in.
What to bring/wear ● Appropriate clothing for all weather conditions, eg. jacket for cooler months.
● Comfortable enclosed walking shoes
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Water bottle, Snacks
● Umbrella / raincoat if rains
● Insect repellent
● Camera
● Money / credit card for optional purchases
Other info Child Policy:
● Infants under 4 are free of charge.
● Children's rates apply for ages 4-14 years.
● All visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult such as a parent, stepparent, guardian or other adult who has parental rights and responsibilities for the under 18 year old guest.
● If a visitor is found to be a person under the age of 18 who is not accompanied by a responsible adult, Service Provider may immediately cancel the visitor's booking and the full booking amount will be forfeited to the Service Provider under this clause.

General:
● Family rates are valid for 2 adults and 2 children (2A + 2C).
● Extra adult or child passengers are charged at the standard adult or child rate.
● Service Provider reserves the right to make changes to schedules due to inclement weather or to change any component of the entry without notice.
● Most of the Tjapukai shows and activities are not affected by rain, Service Provider is an all weather venue.
● Visitors agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless, Service Provider, its related bodies corporate, its current and former officers, employees, contractors, sub-contractors/consultants (including their respective employees and contractors) and agents against, from and in respect of all expenses, costs, liabilities, claims, actions, proceedings, damages, judgments and losses of any kind whatsoever (including but not limited to consequential and economic losses, property loss/damage and damages for injury, including personal injury and death) arising out of, caused by, attributable to or resulting from visitor's booking or visit to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park except to the extent such expense, cost, liability, claim, action, proceeding, damage, judgment or loss arose out of, was caused by, attributable to or resulted from Service Provider's negligence or wrongful act/omission.

2 Overview

From its inception, Tjapukai's mission has been about giving Australians and international visitors the opportunity to experience authentic Aboriginal culture and interact with Traditional Owners. That mission now includes authentic Torres Strait Islander culture. Tjapukai performers were in demand at world events as an authentic example of Australia's Indigenous culture.

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park: Tjapukai by Day - General Admission + Both Activities (Cultural Creations & Guided Bush Food Trail) + Buffet Lunch

 

Tjapukai by Day

By day, the park is filled with interactive experiences to give visitors an authentic insight into Aboriginal culture.

In the Cultural Centre, witness the ancient dreamtime story of the Tjapukai people's belief in the creation of the world through live performance and the world's most technologically advanced visual effects. Gain an understanding into the impacts of the stolen generation and be inspired by Indigenous heroes past and present as visitors wander through the History and Heroes walk.The Art of My People talk will guide visitors through a variety of art styles as visitors learn about the differences between the Aboriginal clans throughout Australia.

Across the lake, join the world famous Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers in a corroboree celebration and fire making ceremony in the Cultural Village.Gain an insight into the gathering and cooking of bush foods and the medicinal values of native plants, learn first hand from a warrior about traditional hunting methods and tribal law. Throw a spear with the help of a traditional milay spear thrower and learn the art of throwing a returning boomerang. Journey through the complex techniques of playing a didgeridoo, then be tantalised by the smell of the meat being unearthed from the Bayngga underground oven and enjoy a delicious taste test.

Indigenous performers bring the world's oldest living culture to life through traditional cultural events, dance, art and interactive demonstration.

  • General Admission Highlights
    • Creation Story in 360° Theatre
    • Art of My People
    • Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Performance
    • Bush Foods & Medicines Presentation
    • Hunting & Weapons Presentation
    • Didgeridoo Show
    • Boomerang & Spear Throwing

 

Cultural Creations

Enhance the day at Tjapukai with talented artists and make own souvenirs, creating natural rainforest style jewellery, intricate weaving and painting own returning boomerang in traditional Aboriginal style. In addition, journey through the parklands with an Indigenous Guided Bush Food Walk learning about native plants and their culinary and medicinal significance. Finish with a taste of native fruit jams with damper and billy tea overlooking the lake.

  • Highlights
    • Paint a boomerang with an Indigenous artist
    • Learn the art of weaving
    • Make traditional Jewellery
    • Take home unique handmade souvenirs

 

Guided Bush Food Trail

Join an Aboriginal guide, walking through the Tjapukai parklands to learn about bush foods and the traditional uses of native plants. End journey with billy tea, damper and native fruit jams as relax by the lake with the guide.

Will see trees like the Burdekin plum which is delicious when it is ripe. If can’t wait for it to ripen then bury it underground to speed up the process. The cocky apple tree is useful for fishing as its bark can be put in a creek for 10 minutes to absorb the oxygen, when the fish surfaces, it makes them easier to catch. Plants such as the sandpaper fig tree have multiple uses. As its name suggests, it is useful for sanding wooden artifacts such as boomerangs and spears. Its leaves and sap were used by the Aboriginal people as a treatment for ringworm and sunspots. Other types of figs are useful to make string, ropes and weapons and their fruit is a tasty treat.

  • Highlights
    • Dedicated Indigenous Tour Guide
    • Guided walk through Tjapukai parklands
    • Learn about native plants, bush foods and traditional medicine
    • Taste native fruit jams with homemade damper and billy tea

 

Buffet Lunch - This menu may be subject to some changes without notice.

A sumptuous buffet lunch with native tastes and fresh salads is available in the Flame Tree restaurant, while being entertained by vibrant Tjapukai performers.

  • Baked Damper (Vegetarian) - With bush spices
  • Miso Soup - With seaweed, tofu and spring onion
  • Selection of Fresh Salads
  • Selection of Condiments & Sauces
  • Slow Cooked Aniseed Myrtle Kangaroo Stew
  • Vegetarian Curry (Vegetarian)
  • Lemon Grass & Coconut Chicken
  • Slow Roasted Pork - Cooked in the Underground Bayngga
  • Baked Fish Fillets
  • Steamed Green Vegetables (Gluten Free & Vegetarian)
  • Steamed Rice (Gluten Free)
  • Sliced Fruit Platter (Vegetarian)
  • Selection of Mixed Desserts

 

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. ● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. ● If no show, no refund.

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