Tjapukai Aborigin Park, Cairns, Australia

G'day to you

G’day to you

Tjapukai Aborigin Park is a great place to explore the Aborigin life, with our son. Lots of attractions, shows, lessons, meals and souvenirs.

The tiles in the entrance with rainforest concept

The tiles in the entrance with rainforest concept

Nice food, on Aborigin artwork tables

Nice food, on Aborigin artwork tables

Language, music, traditions, marriages, social life, art, guns, food, medicine, everything is very traditional and unique to that far end of planet earth. They are originally, so perfectly suiting with the environment and nature.  I understood that, Australian government is trying to promote the Aborigins to live their traditional lives and speak their own language, but I can not think how they can live with their traditions, while many others enjoy the life with internet and smart phones. They are named to be “Australian citizen” and have right to go to hospital for instance. So, how their medicine traditions and knowledge will pass to next generations, while they have chance to be taken care of in modern hospitals. They have right to go to public schools with all other children. Why should they light the fire with sticks, when there is a lighter? Why they should play instruments for communication, while they can just phone someone? Why they should try to collect their food from the forest, while they know, there are loads of them in the supermarket? How will they not forget, to survive in the forests? Why should they hunt a kangaroo, when they know there is a world called McDonalds?

In Europe, it is very hard to see traditions of thousands of years. Everybody is somehow assimilated to the life around them. Migration to big cities and learning to live a “better” life with so many smart developments, decrease the differences with countries, religions, ethnic groups or whatever. Sometimes, I would think of archaeologists, dig my home let’s say 500 years later. What would they think as “the original”? A piano from Moscow, TV from Korea, furniture from Italy,  a treadmill walker from Norway, lots of Chinese toys… How would they think our traditions were?

OK, OK, let’s return to the park.

First we had an open buffet meal. Not so many kinds, but enough to choose some. Than we watched some show about life of rain forest people and learned to play didgeridoo.

Walking to amphi theater

Walking to amphi theater

Than we walked to the other part of the park from a bridge (Above) to watch the dances and music. Also to see how Aboriginals light fire and to learn about their food and medicines.

Singing and dancing

Singing and dancing

Lighting a fire

Lighting a fire

Than we went to take some lessons about how to use a boomerang and throw a spear.

Throwing a spear

Throwing a spear

Became an Aborigin

Became an Aborigin

Not finished yet… Than an Aborigin girl painted our son, for him to become a powerful spear thrower and explained to us their artwork, how they make the paints and how they use them.

And our final stop at park was the souvenir shop, to buy some CDs and t-shirts.

Might sound a bit touristy, but well, we are tourists and this is the only way to find out the Aborigin life, and it is really a very nice park to explore with children.

Next: A day out for ocean spirit.

Kuranda Scenic Tour, Cairns, Australia

Kuranda Scenic Tour

Kuranda Scenic Tour

In our second day in Cairns and 6th day in Australia, we had a lovely day in the rain forests of Cairns and had chance to get to know the Aborigin art and life. After having a lovely breakfast in our biiig room at Pulman Palm Cove hotel, we met our daily guide at the hotel lobby, a lovely lady “Carole” from “Cairns Guides Direct”, who was with us whole day. First she took us, to Kuranda Scenic Train Station.

The station

The station

"Just to visit" vagon at the station

“Just to visit” vagon at the station

Very similar to the train we have been last summer in Norwegian Fyords (which you can read here), this train took us from a very nice scenic and lovely route to top to Kuranda Village. Again very similar to it, this train was also 18th century nostalgic experience, with some stopovers for photography. One of the easiest ways to explore the area with children. Moreover, the station itself is worth to visit, so allow a good 20 minutes to yourself, before your scheduled train arrives.

Nature is so nice with the historic train

Nature is so nice with the historic train

Reaching the top

Reaching the top

The final stop of the train was at Kuranda, a very small Aborigin village, a bit loaded with tourists, but nice to see how Aborigins live today and find some Aborigin artworks and clothes.

Best way to travel with children

Best way to travel with children

The route plan

The route plan

Also the plan of the route, and the information given, provide to feel the real taste of Australia.

The return from Kuranda to down, was with Kuranda Skyrail, which is another lovely experience with our son.

View from skyrail

View from skyrail

The skyrail station itself was very calm and convenient, no queues etc. It is about 7 km long going over the rain forest and the best part is, there are some stations on the way, where you get off, do a bit of walking around to explore rain forest plants and animals, and get on again for the next stop. There is even one very small, interactive museum in one of the stops, to teach children (and us) how the rain forests form, what is their importance and what kind of plants and animals live around.

Very large trees of the forest

Very large trees of the forest…

With some very large leaves

…with some very large leaves

The final stop of the skyrail was at a station, very close to Tjapukai Aborigin Park, which is another perfect experience to do with children that I will be telling in my next post.