Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai. Explore the
rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000
Whether you visit the park by day or night, you’ll enjoy a
unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts. Tjapukai is
all-weather, wheelchair and pram friendly, offering unique experiences in one
However you choose to enjoy it, a visit to Tjapukai is the
perfect way to gain a deeper understanding of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander heritage.
In 1987, a small group of black and white Australians wrote
a one-hour play about the ancient spirit of the barna. They used Aboriginal
words and traditions, with singing and dancing. They performed the show for the
first time in a small dance theatre in Kuranda, attracting more visitors than
they anticipated. Since that time the Tjapukai Aboriginal
Culture Park, as it is now known, has grown into a $9 million enterprise
and is the largest employer of indigenous Australians in the country.
It is located in Smithfield at the base of the Skyrail
cableway, showcases the 40,000-year-old Aboriginal culture through dance and
song. It is both an entertaining spectacle, and an educational experience for
everyone. The park is set on 25 acres and combines the latest in theatre and
technology. There are interactive activities with Aboriginal people who teach
authentic traditional culture and customs.