Family holidays are all about new experiences and finding something the whole family will love. We found this little gem a few years back when we had international guests who asked us where they could experience something truly Australian. This stumped us a little bit, as there were so many places we could have sent them, but then we happened upon the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre when talking to one of our business associates.
Located just 5km from us here at Wanggulay, we decided to check it out both during the day and the Night Fire experience.
Let us first say that Tjapukai is a great way to experience the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture first hand. These guys are fantastic and happy to answer any question you have and there were so many things to explore, I think we’ll need to come back a second time. Throughout the day you can experience and learn how to throw a boomerang or spear, learn about bush foods and their traditional medical use, experience Aboriginal theatre and dance and participate in a guide bush foods tour.
There is a café/restaurant on site so you can sit down to a great meal of Australian foods created with traditional indigenous flavours. There is also the opportunity to try food cooked in the traditional Bayngaa – the underground oven.
Tjapukai really comes alive at night where Tjapukai warriors will take you on a journey of the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, learn traditional songs and participate in the lighting of a ceremonial fire. The night tours include a lovely buffet dinner and the opportunity to speak with those working at the cultural centre.
We don’t often get the opportunity to see traditional Aboriginal culture theatre and dance, and it is even rarer that we get the opportunity for a hands-on experience.
If you are visiting us here at Wanggulay and looking for a cultural experience without needing to drive too far, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre is the place to be.