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Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Show and Buffet Dinner

Enjoy the Tjapukai Aboriginal Park by night and experience the ancient traditions handed down through generations during the dance show with buffet dinner.


Authentic Aboriginal Dinner & Show
4 course international buffet dinner
Dance performance by famous Dancers
FREE welcome drink
Fire lighting ceremony
Entertainment, culture & food

What you need to know

Embark on a journey through the creation of fire and experience the incredible traditions handed down through generations for thousands of years at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Indulge in an unforgettable evening full of music and dance unique to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures with theTjapukai Park's Night Fire show with a buffet dinner experience.

The night is filled with a range of great entertainment, culture and food so you can expect an enjoyable night the whole family will love. Upon your arrival, you'll be given access to the art gallery and enjoy a range of native spiced canapés with complimentary drinks before being officially greeted with the Cultural Welcome and Didgeridoo Journey as well as face painting. The Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Performance and Lakeside Firemaking Ceremony and Fire Ball are performed and enjoyed before dinner is served meaning nothing is rushed and everything is enjoyed.

Discover some of Australia's unique bush foods as the Tjapukai chefs create a spectacular feast interspersing traditional restaurant flare with hints of native food. Some of the food you can expect includes char grilled kangaroo burgers, grilled local Spanish Mackerel and homemade Tjapukai Carrot Cake - the full sample menu can be viewed below. Following dinner you will have the chance to meet the performers and have a photo opportunity before being farewelled. This is a great attraction for all ages to enjoy and the Night Fire option provides visitors with a unique cultural experience and delicious array of food. Tjapukai is conveniently located between Cairns and Palm Cove and the night performance runs from 7pm until 9:30pm meaning it isn't that late a night for you to travel back to your accommodation.

More info


  • "Night Fire by Tjapukai" Aboriginal Dance Show & Dinner
  • Complimentary Drink on Arrival
  • Didgeridoo Spirit Welcome
  • Traditional Tjapukai Dance Performance
  • Lakeside Fire Ceremony with Traditional Corroboree
  • Delicious Buffet Dinner
  • Fireside Desserts with Photo Opportunities


  • Hotel transfers
  • Beverages


  • Traditional dances by the Tjapukai Dancers
  • Didgeridoo Blessing
  • Aboriginal Corroboree
  • Lakeside Fire Ceremony
  • Traditional Aboriginal food from Underground Oven
  • Sumptuous buffet dinner influenced by indigenous flavours
  • Photo opportunity with Performers


  • Travelling from Cairns city in a northerly direction, continue following the Captain Cook Highway past the Airport. Approximately 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, and you will be on the approach road to Tjapukai
  • The main public transport is either via taxi service direct to and from Tjapukai, or by the Marlin Coast Sunbus using Route 123 from the Cairns Central Business District City Place bus stop or Smithfield Shopping Centre. Costs vary, depending on the bus zone travelled

Tour Times

  • Tjapukai by Night starts at 7pm and finishes at 9.30pm

What to Bring

  • Please bring comfortable shoes, in winter a light weight jacket and your camera

Sample Menu


  • Baked Damper with Bush Spices
  • Miso Soup with seaweed, tofu and spring onion
  • Selection of condiments & sauces


  • Slow Cooked Aniseed Myrtle Kangaroo Stew
  • Vegetarian Curry
  • Lemongrass & Coconut Chicken
  • Slow Roasted Pork cooked in an Underground Baynggay
  • Baked Fish Fillets
  • Steamed Green Vegetables
  • Steamed Rice


  • Sliced fruit platter
  • Selection of mixed desserts

Additional Information

  • Please be advised the Tjapukai Night Fire has limited availability and is subject to availability at the time of booking
  • Children aged 4 –14 inclusive are eligible for child rates
  • Under 4 Free of Charge

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of purchase
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Show and Buffet Dinner

Kamerunga Rd, Smithfield, QLD 4878