Listen to the haunting songs of the didgeridoo. Be entranced by the telling of Dream Time through dance. Join the Rainbow Serpent circle before a spectacular fire ball shoots towards the sky.
You will be welcomed with drinks and bush tucker canapés before meeting the Bama Indigenous rainforest people.
You’ll have your face painted before hearing the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo.
You’ll then be led down a firelit path to watch a corroboree celebrating the story if the Aboriginal Dream Time.
A corroboree is a visual representation, created through dramatic dancing, mime and song, of the clan’s history. You may even be inspired to join.
Next, you’ll be able to appreciate first-hand just how important ceremonies and rituals are to this ancient culture.
You’ll join the Rainbow Serpent circle where you’ll help create music with Aboriginal clap sticks as you sing along to traditional songs.
Then the ceremonial fire is lit and a spectacular fire ball shoots towards the stars.
The buffet dinner will be waiting for you.
To finish off the evening you’ll have a chance to sit beside the campfire with the Tjapukai warriors for an intimate chat and photos.
If you choose to drive there is plenty of car parking.
There is also a shuttle transfer service available from your Cairns and Northern Beaches accommodation at an additional cost, please enquire at time of booking.
Once you have arrived, at around 7.00pm, you’ll sip complimentary sparkling wine and nibble on bush tucker-inspired canapes as you peruse the giftshop and art exhibition gallery.
Your introduction to the world’s oldest surviving civilisation will begin by meeting the Bama indigenous rainforest people.
You’ll have your face painted in a gesture designed to link you to their traditional land.
The haunting sounds of the didgeridoo will play in the background.
You’ll then be led down a firelit path to the rainforest dance theatre where you’ll witness a corroboree celebration of the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.
This visual representation, created through dramatic dancing, mime and song, will give you an insight into the clan’s history.
You may even be inspired to join.
You’ll then make your way to the Tjapukai Lakeside to join the Rainbow Serpent circle.
Here you’ll become part of the performance, creating music with Aboriginal clap sticks and singing along to traditional language songs.
The ceremonial fire is then lit, and in a climactic conclusion to the ritual, a fire spear is thrown across the lake resulting in a spectacular fire ball shooting towards the stars.
Your buffet dinner of Australian meats, seafood, salads and desserts awaits.
Made with local produce the indigenous-inspired fare is sure to satisfy.
After dinner, you’ll end the evening with time by the campfire with the performers.
Take this opportunity to ask any questions you may have about their culture and the powerful performances you have both witnessed and been a part of this evening.
There are also opportunities for photos.
7.00pm: Arrive at Tjapukai and browse through art gallery.
7.10pm: Bush tucker-inspired canapes, complimentary sparkling wine and juice is served.
7.30pm: Face-painting and cultural welcome with didgeridoo journey.
7.45pm: Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Performance.
8.00pm: Lakeside Firemaking Ceremony with spectacular fire ball.
8.15pm: Buffet dinner.
9.00pm: Meet the performers by the fireside.
9.30pm: Photo opportunity and farewell.
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January - December
Does not opperate Christmas Day
Allow 3 hours
Return transfers from Cairns and Northern Beaches
Ramp accessibility to front entrance.
Cultural village accessible and on ground level.
Wheelchair area at top of theatre seating area
Restaurant area fully accessible
Tactile paving & braille information throughout park
Visual information provided.
2 designated wheelchair toilets located near the Dance Theatre
You must arrange your own local transport in advance.
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Cancellations received within 24 hours of travel are subject to 100% cancellation fee.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 461