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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park showcases the culture of the rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland.

Situated on 25 acres of land owned by the Tjapukai people at Caravonica, north of Cairns, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a stunning theatrical interpretation of Aboriginal culture from the beginning of time into the future.

Seven separate arenas allow visitors to experience every facet of the rainforest people's culture - from the provocative History Theatre to the inspiring Creation Theatre, and the original Dance Theatre and the interactive Camp Village, where visitors can learn didgeridoo playing and boomerang throwing.

Culture and HistorySpear Throwing


  • Didgeridoo - A Journey
    » Demonstrates how to make and play a didgeridoo
  • Hunting & Weapons Demonstration
    » A warrior show on how the Aboriginal people used there tools and weapons
  • Magic Space
    » This is Tjapukai's museum of authentic stone-age artefacts
  • The Creation Theatre
    » Holographic projections and performances of a Dreamtime story
  • Dance Theatre
    » Tjapukai's dance, song and corroboree show
  • Bush Foods & Medicine Demonstration
    » Learn how the Tjapukai people have discovered rich food sources and medicines from the rainforest
  • Spear & Boomerang Throwing
    » Be instructed how to use and throw their traditional spear and boomerang
  • Face Painting
    » Traditional face painting with natural colours of the rainforest
  • Bibunbay Kids Program
    » Children will get to enjoy their cultural experience in this special program

Optional Extras:

  • Boomerang Restaurant
    » Stay for morning or afternoon tea or buffet lunch
  • Gallery
    » Authentic Aboriginal products on display and for sale, open 7 days a week.

Boomerang ThrowingCulture Experience

PRICES [2013-2014]

  Adult Child Family
Tjapukai by Day Prices $36.00 $18.00 $90.00
With transfers ex Cairns: $58.00 $29.00 $147.50
With transfers ex Northern Beaches: $58.00 $29.00 $147.50

Rates are valid between 01 April 2013 + 31 March 2014

Session Times:

Didgeridoo - A Journey Morning 9.15am, 11.15am
- 20 minute session Afternoon 1.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm
Creation Theatre Morning 9.45am, 11.45am
- 20 minute session Afternoon 1.45pm, 3.45pm
Dance Theatre Morning 10.15am
- 25 minute session Afternoon 12.15pm, 2.15pm
Cultural Village 10.45am, 12.45pm, 2.45pm
- Hunting & Weapons demonstrations and Bush Foods &Medicines demonstration
Boomerang Throwing and Spear Throwing 10.45 - 11.45am,
12.45 - 1.45pm,
2.45 - 3.45pm

Traditional Face PaintingCulture Show


Tjapukai is located at Caravonica, near Smithfield, 15 minutes north of Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway.

Shuttle Transfers
Tjapukai offers a transfer shuttle service which can collect and return guests from their accommodation.

This service operates hourly, and guests are advised of the time of pick-up and departure when making their reservations. The region of operation of the shuttle service includes Cairns through to the Northern Beaches to Palm Cove.

Public Transport
The main convenient public transport is either via taxi service direct to and from Tjapukai, or by the Marlin Coast Sunbus using Route 1 or 1A from the Cairns Central Business District City Place bus stop. Costs vary, depending on the bus zone travelled.

Self Drive
Travelling from Cairns city in a northerly direction, continue following the Captain Cook Highway past the Airport. Some 15 minutes after leaving Cairns is the area known as Smithfield / Caravonica Lakes, easily identified by the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park situated side by side, facing the main road.

Take the roundabout and turn left from it, and you will be on the approach road to Tjapukai.