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Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai. Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. Whether you visit the park by day or night, you’ll enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts.
By day, the park is filled with interactive experiences to give you an authentic insight into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Learn the art of throwing a returning boomerang, and how a didgeridoo is played. Sample some traditional bush foods, and get an insight into the ancient medicinal value of native plants. And to make your trip extra memorable, you can also create your own souvenirs. The Tjapukai artists will guide you through the intricate art of weaving, creating natural rainforest style jewellery and painting your own returning boomerang in traditional Aboriginal style.
Tjapukai is 15 minutes north of Cairns, next door to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, off the Captain Cook Highway. Guests can take advantage of Coach Transfers to and from Cairns and the Northern Beaches. A public bus service also stops there from Cairns and its a quick taxi ride from the town centre.
How To Get There
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, 4878, QLD
Any dietary requirements should be advised when making a booking.
Tjapukai is open between 9am and 5pm, then from 7pm to 9.30pm. We are open seven days a week including public holidays. Tjapukai is closed on Christmas Day.
Less than 24 hours notice prior to the arrival date 100% cancellation fee.
Numbers on the Day
No minimum numbers
Suitable for Spectators
Tjapukai is an all weather venue.
Peppers Beach Club & Spa - Palm Cove The Peppers Spa was designed and is managed and operated by EXCLUSIVE SPAS QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA . The beautifully appointed spa at the Peppers Beach Club & Spa of Palm Cove, an icon in the tourism and resort industry, has been tastefully decorated in a unique "beach chic meets spa" style. The award winning purpose-built spa has already won world wide recognition and international awards. Immerse your senses in the pure vibrancy of our amazing treatments & therapies using the uniquely Australian Spa care range LI'TYA & our own local DAINTREE NATURALS. This amazing au natural spa care range is sourced & made in our local region. Experience the powerful ingredients from the 2 million year old rainforest within these handcrafted products.
This truly amazing facility enables people of all ages to learn about and see wild animals in action, seven days a week from 9am to 4.30pm.
Visitors can see Bears, White Rhinos, Hippopotamus (both large and small), a large variety of primates are there, just to mention a few firm favourites - and of course there is more… the Big Cats . . . lots of them.
Tigers and Cheetahs are joined by the largest pride of Lions in Australasia, making this remarkable animal reserve the ideal place to see all of the popular animals of the world, up close and safely.
Breakfast with the Beast. Imagine sharing your morning coffee surrounded by 19 lions. Bookings available daily.Also bottom line delete Dine on Edge as we do not hold that at the moment.
There are 12 different feeding times throughout the day starting at 9.30 am with the common hippos, these are on every ½ an hour, with a different animal, where a keeper gives you an informative talk and the animals come close to feed, it is recommended that you follow these feeds and talks to make the most of our day.
Facilities also include a fully stocked café, gift shop and information services building.
This amazing destination can be accessed in both Tropical driving loops – The Southern Tableland loop from Cairns and Innisfail, and also the Cairns Highlands loop from Port Douglas or Cairns.
Enjoy Breakfast with the Beasts & Dine on the Edge where you dine with Lions. (Available Wednesday/Fridays/Saturdays bookings essential).
Wheelchairs available for hire.
We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife in the tropics at Cairns' one and only Night Zoo.
Our guides will greet you at 7.00pm sharp at the Night Zoo entrance and escort you to our famous Aussie BBQ. Enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner of steak, sausages and seafood with fresh garden salads followed by a dessert. Relax with a drink from our licensed bar.
After dinner, our guides will provide you with a torch and lead you into the darkness to meet the creatures of the night. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum and pat a koala. On clear nights our guides will take you star gazing. See the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper and other well known constellations.
Kuranda Koala Gardens is Kuranda's newest wildlife attraction! Situated in the heart of Kuranda, this attraction gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia's most unique wildlife up close.
We have a variety of wildlife for you to see including:-
Koalas: Lots of opportunity to observe our koalas doing what they do best - eating, sleeping and looking adorable. Fossil evidence shows that koalas originally lived in rainforest environments. As Australia became drier, they adapted to eat Eucalypt leaves, which replaced much of the country's rainforests.
Immerse yourself in one of the most unique wildlife attractions of Tropical North Queensland.
Join the birds in their beautiful rainforest habitat. Flying around you are species from the vanishing rainforests of the world, including some of Australia's most precious and beautiful birds.
There are brilliant Amazonian macaws, the endangered and stately cassowary, cheeky rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos and many more. Don't be surprised to find a feathered friend taking a ride on your shoulder!
Naturally landscaped with waterfalls, ponds, exotic and native plants, Birdworld replicates the natural habitats of almost 80 species that roam this unique rainforest immersion exhibit. It is truly a photographer's delight.
Birdworld Kuranda is located in the Kuranda Heritage Markets on Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda and is the latest attraction to come under the Wildlife Tropical North Queensland banner. As a locally owned and operated family company since 1980, Wildlife Tropical North Queensland is proud of its achievements in the field of professional wildlife tourism.
Blazing Saddles is the longest established horse riding and quad bike tour company in Far North Queensland. Locally owned and operated, it is now located only 10 minutes from both Cairns and Northern Beaches to suit even the most time conscious visitor or perfect for a soft adventure activity for the whole family!
Blazing Saddles is now a working sugar cane farm and the property also boasts an 18 acre billabong which is abundant with native birds and amphibious creatures of all shapes and sizes! You will also meet our resident geese, peacocks and ducks, perhaps even spot a crocodile!
They cater for large groups as well as the corporate and incentive market making these activities great for team building ideas.
Bruno Rixen is acknowledged as developing the idea of cable skiing. Mr Rixen (a german national) had the idea of using winter ski lifts for water skiing.
Since the first cable ski system appeared in 1962, on a German lake called 'Sci Nautico', cable skiing has spread over the world!
The first recognised cable ski championship was organised and eventually held in Germany in 1985.The sport developed legitimacy over the following few decades and in 1994 the World Cable Ski council was formed.
There are now roughly 140 cable ski parks over the globe.
Cape York Motorcycle Adventures (CYMCA) is a privately owned Australian company that has been operating fully guided off road motorcycle adventure tours from Cairns to the tip of Cape York for 20 years.
Riders experience the best off-road trails that the Cape has to offer, it is the real adventure for any motorcycle enthusiast with access to National Parks, private properties, secluded swimming holes, secret fishing spots and more. CYMCA has a varied range of tours to suit any budget or time frame.
The tours are designed to test the skill level of each rider! It is the best motorcycle adventure you'll find - customers ride and CYMCA takes care of the rest. This motorcycle company is the world's first to be Eco-certified and is a multi award winner, rider satisfaction is guaranteed.
The award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park is a 100 acre (40 hectare) tourist attraction set in the midst of World Heritage Rainforest. 30 minutes by coach from Cairns and five minutes away from Kuranda Village. It’s locally owned and operated by the Woodward Family.
Board an amphibious World War II Army Duck for a unique rainforest tour on both land and water, where your guide will identify and explain fascinating plants and wildlife as you pass by. Then meander through the Tropical Fruits Orchard, with over 40 different species of exotic tropical fruit trees.
Learn about indigenous culture with the interactive Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. Join the Dreamtime Walk which includes boomerang throwing, spear-throwing and the didgeridoo.
The park contains many Australian species such as crocodiles, wombats, dingoes, snakes, lizards, and the cassowary. Handfeed kangaroos and wallabies, or have your photo taken cuddling a cute koala or holding a small crocodile (optional extra cost).
Enjoy a fantastic barbecue lunch or snack in the licensed Colonial or Outback restaurant with much variety of meals to choose from. There is the Tropical Treats Juice Bar for fruits, ice creams and fresh juices.
Skybury's Australian Coffee Centre is a dedicated award winning visitor centre overlooking the Skybury Coffee Estate, Australia's oldest and most successful coffee plantation. Perched on the peak of the Great Dividing Range, in Australia's premier coffee growing region, the stunning timber building enjoys spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. With extensive open decks cooled by natural breezes throughout the year and surrounded by extensive native gardens, this is the place to taste, tour and take home Australia's purest coffee.
The Australian Coffee Centre also represents the very best of Australian craftsmanship, with extensive use of Australian timbers. The Australian coffee Centre has a fully licensed cafe and bar, with meals served throughout the day.
The centre has seating capacity for over 100 people. They also have a wonderful range of gifts, where visitors can indulge their passion for all things coffee. Visitors can also purchase freshly roasted coffee and 'roast and post' service is also offered.
Discover why the Australian Coffee Centre was voted the best new tourism development at the 2006 Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards.
Tagalong Tours of Australia offers you the best value four wheel drive off road camping safaris in the country. Their tag-a-long tours will take you to exciting places where you will enjoy the stunning diversity of Cape York, the remote isolation of the Simpson Desert, and the wonderful landscapes of the Gulf Savannah. They offer you the chance to achieve this dream, with other similar minded travellers, in the comfort of your own 4WD vehicle.
Their tours give you a combination of provided dinners as well as your own meals, allowing you some free time plus the option of enjoying your own camp cooking along the way. There are many other inclusions, such as old gold mine tours, ancient cave tours and a rare opportunity to gaze at the clear night skies at an inland observatory. Their tour packages are very popular so you will need to book early.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience, taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests from Cairns to Kuranda. Spanning 7.5 kilometres in the Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides just metres over the canopy, its comfortable six-person gondola cabins providing spectacular views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and lush Cairns Highlands. Your adventure includes time at two mid-stations, where you can alight from the cableway learn more about this fascinating environment from the forest floor. At Red Peak Station, Skyrail's Rangers provide guided boardwalk tours sharing their knowledge on these ancient tropical forests, amongst giant buttress roots, ancient Kauri Pines and climbing wait-a-while palms. Barron Falls Station has pathways and lookouts over the Barron Gorge and Falls, historical displays and a Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Developed in conjunction with CSIRO, the Rainforest Interpretation Centre houses interactive touch-screen computers and audio-visual displays, providing an engaging and fun learning experience for people of all ages. Multiple winner of the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, Skyrail is The World's Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience and is a convenient 10-minutes from Cairns and 50-minutes from Port Douglas.
To start your free visit to the Outback Opal Mine why not view the interesting eight minute documentary available in English, Japanese and German. Then take a walk through the simulated Opal mine to see a variety of rough black, boulder and crystal opal embedded in the wall. Relax on the verandah and enjoy morning or afternoon tea. If you have ever wondered how opal gougers work, how opal is formed and how it is cut and polished, be sure to visit Joe and Susan Clyde's showroom. A courtesy coach is available for up to 14 people.
Consistently ranked as one of Australia's best and most challenging courses, Paradise Palms 18 hole championship golf course offers a combination of sweeping fairways, snaking creeks, six lakes, narrow undulating greens and 94 bunkers. The Par 72 course is listed in the Top 100 courses in Australia, is open to the public seven days a week and is a great test for golfers of all levels.
The picturesque mountain retreat of Kuranda Village is just 25 kilometres northwest of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. It is a vibrant little town surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest. Travelling to Kuranda is a highlight in itself. Visitors can travel to Kuranda on Kuranda's Historic Scenic Railway, by car or bus, via the spectacular Kuranda Road, or above the rainforest canopy on Skyrail - the world's longest rainforest Cableway. Kuranda has come a long way from its initial origins as a centre for those choosing an alternative lifestyle in the late 1960s. Kuranda's shops and markets with their exotically handcrafted goods, Aboriginal artifacts, restaurants and coffee shops make Kuranda a well known day destination, but to truly enjoy the ambience this village has to offer you can stay a night. Take the time to visit some of Kuranda's many first class nature based tourist attractions, which include koalas, butterflies, native and exotic birds, kangaroos and reptiles. There are wonderful walking tracks which meander through magnificent rainforest and which are breathtaking when in flood. You can also see traditional Aboriginal dancers perform, travel on a riverboat on the mighty Barron River on join an Army Duck ride through the rainforest.
Carrowong Sanctuary is a 90 acre pristine property completely surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforest. This unlogged rainforest gives guests a unique experience to enjoy walking through a pristine area unspoilt by outside interference. They have no cages or fences, and rainforest life is free to roam. Endangered, rare and vulnerable species here include the southern cassowary, musky rat kangaroo, red legged pademelon, northern platypus, pogonomys, antechinus, hydromys, green, striped and pygmy possums and much more. Around 130 bird species exist here together with 15 notable reptiles. Flora of course is unique with species like Macintyres Boxwood, Licuala Palms, Plalcospermum and so on. Roads and walking tracks throughout the sanctuary have been constructed in such a way as to limit the removal of any old growth forest and fan palms, to avoid both soil erosion and impeded drainage. Their power is generated from the sun and only eco-sensitive composting toilets are used. Their original wildlife tours continue to lead the way in rainforest eco-tourism. Carrowong's Wildlife Mountain Safari concentrates on the rare and endangered mammals of the night and A Night in the Rainforest, their nocturnal spotlighting walk, reveals the great bio-diversity of these ancient rainforests. Over 90 per cent of Australian wildlife is nocturnal, so the best time to view the native inhabitants in their natural environment is at night. All tours are led by local wildlife specialists. A very different experience compared to the mass tour market. Their tours tend to transform guests into strong advocates for environmental protection. Carrowong Fauna Sanctuary is privately funded, locally owned and dedicated to the rehabilitation and conservation of native rainforest wildlife. They know the rainforest, it's where they live and their original wildlife tours continue to lead the way in rainforest eco-tourism. All tours are led by local wildlife specialists.
Rugged mountains, ravines, tumbling waterfalls, magnificent rainforest, rich and varied wildlife, easy access and a fascinating history make Barron Gorge National Park one of Queensland's most popular national parks. The park extends from the coastal lowlands to the elevated regions of the Atherton Tableland and lies within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Barron River dominates the park. Rising from the rainforests of Mount Hypipamee National Park, the river winds 60 kilometres across the Atherton Tableland. The river then enters the deeply-incised Barron Gorge, between the Macalister and Lamb ranges. The river falls 250 metres onto the coastal lowlands and flows to the Coral Sea. During the wet season, floodwaters regularly create a spectacular sight at Barron Falls. The park is part of the traditional lands of the Djabugandji Bama (local Aboriginal people) who maintain a close spiritual connection with this country. Before Europeans arrived, Bama traversed this country, developing trails linking the coast to the uplands. These historic trails now form sections of a walking track network. Walk the network of walking trails including the elevated boardwalk to the lookout over the spectacular Barron Falls. Raft or canoe down the river or picnic at Lake Placid.
High in the Lamb Range, Dinden National Park protects rainforest and eucalypt woodland. The clear waters of Davies Creek flow over smooth granite boulders and make a refreshing place to relax. Picnic or bush camp beside Davies Creek. Spend a day climbing to Kahlpahlim Rock (Lamb Range's highest point) for views over Cairns and the Atherton Tableland or take a hike on the eight kilometre Turtle Rock circuit trail. Learn about the rainforest on the Clohesy fig tree circuit walk.