In 1987 a cross-cultural group of entertainers created Australia’s first Aboriginal dance theatre in the small village of Kuranda, near Cairns. Operating out of a shopping centre basement, Tjapukai Dance Theatre offered an opportunity for tourist visitors to experience and interact with Australia’s 40,000-year-old culture.
Today, Tjapukai has become the most awarded Aboriginal cultural attraction in Australia and is credited with enhancing reconciliation locally, nationally and internationally. Tjapukai showcases the culture of the rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland 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. Seven separate arenas allow visitors to experience every facet of the rainforest people’s culture and visitors can learn didgeridoo playing and boomerang throwing.