QLD Tourism welcomes Heritage
Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai. Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years. Whether you visit the park by day or night, you’ll enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts.
By day, the park is filled with interactive experiences to give you an authentic insight into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Learn the art of throwing a returning boomerang, and how a didgeridoo is played. Sample some traditional bush foods, and get an insight into the ancient medicinal value of native plants. And to make your trip extra memorable, you can also create your own souvenirs. The Tjapukai artists will guide you through the intricate art of weaving, creating natural rainforest style jewellery and painting your own returning boomerang in traditional Aboriginal style.
Tjapukai is 15 minutes north of Cairns, next door to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, off the Captain Cook Highway. Guests can take advantage of Coach Transfers to and from Cairns and the Northern Beaches. A public bus service also stops there from Cairns and its a quick taxi ride from the town centre.
How To Get There
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Cairns Western Arterial Road, Caravonica, 4878, QLD
Any dietary requirements should be advised when making a booking.
Tjapukai is open between 9am and 5pm, then from 7pm to 9.30pm. We are open seven days a week including public holidays. Tjapukai is closed on Christmas Day.
Less than 24 hours notice prior to the arrival date 100% cancellation fee.
Numbers on the Day
No minimum numbers
Suitable for Spectators
Tjapukai is an all weather venue.
The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre is Australia's premier outback heritage institution. In Queensland's central western town of Longreach, the centre provides visitors with a spectacular outback experience.
• Family dining Restaurant
• Live entertainment
Icon of Tropical North Queensland: The original Kuranda Scenic Railway is a spectacular journey comprising unsurpassed views of dense rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the world heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park.
Constructed between 1882 and 1891 it is considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Rising from sea level to 328m, this famous railway takes approximately 2 hours to Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, home to unique Australian attractions and markets.
Freshwater Station is located 15 minutes outside of Cairns. It has a gift shop & Railway Museum. Breakfast is served daily in the open air restaurant or a choice to dine in an original railway carriage.
The journey includes an English audio visual commentary in every carriage and all passengers receive a corresponding souvenir trip guide available in 10 different languages.
Premium Class Travel: KSR Gold Class designed for the discerning traveler offers a more luxurious, personalised touring experience. It offers exclusive vintage green carriages with individual club-style seating, dedicated hostess and light refreshments including Australian sparkling wine, wine & beer. Guests receive a KSR Gold Class souvenir gift.
Gold Class Fares are only available on 0950 ex Freshwater & 3.30pm from Kuranda
Champions Brock Experience is the largest collection of Peter Brock Race and road cars in the country.
Come along and experience our Light and Sound show weekly or enjoy a guided tour or just wander at your leisure with a general admission.
With 39 cars in the exhibit, a vast array of racing and personal memorabilia and trophies, there is plenty to see.
Open daily with free admission the iconic Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist attractions.
Discover our story of ginger from paddock to plate and see how Buderim Ginger have become the largest processor of ginger in the world.
Experience the fascinating world of bees with our live bee show then taste our sensational varieties of honey.
Go Overboard with the gingerbread man as you set out on an exciting water voyage visiting hundreds of puppets from every port of the world.
Ride Moreton our 100 year old Ginger train as you relax in our open air carriage and enjoy our beautiful gardens.
The Ginger Factory is the perfect place to experience the authentic taste of Queensland with great shopping along with a fantastic café featuring modern Australian cuisine surrounded by acres of beautiful tropical gardens & walks.
Overboard Boat Ride
Family: $ 44.00
The Factory Tour
The Live Bee Show
Tour Double Deal – Includes the Factory tour and the Live Bee Show
Ride Double Deal – Includes the Ginger Train and the Overboard Boat Ride
Superpass – Includes all rides and attractions
Just 60 minutes north of Brisbane Airport. Follow the Bruce Highway (M1) to the Yandina/Coolum exit and follow the signs.
The triple award winning Historical Village is a self funded, all volunteer operation.
Expect to take at least two hours to fully experience the site.
Interactive demonstrations of Blacksmithing, Woodturning, Corn Shelling and Rope making on Sundays from 1pm ‘til 3pm. Make your own souvenir rope or pedal the lathe and make your own wooden souvenir.
The Museum can be opened any time for groups and schools and there is an urn, cups, table and chairs for groups available at no extra cost.
A new BBQ area is available to visitors/Groups at no extra cost including a hot water dispenser.
Picnic tables are now available in the shady Memorial Garden area
The Church, non-denominational, is available for weddings. (Contact Yvonne on 4124 5257)
In 2001, the museum opened its doors to the public after a year of extensive refurbishment. With Commonwealth Centenary of Federation funding, the resulting 'ship complex' has attracted a great deal of community support. Located on the southern bank of Ross Creek, the boardwalk overlooks the Townsville motorboat and yacht club, while the entrance gate opens out onto Palmer Street's inviting coffee and restaurant strip.
The original museum was begun by the Seafarers Association to ensure the safe keeping of local maritime cultural history. It was located in the Pier Master's office between berths 4 and 6 at the Townsville port.
To allow for the expanding collection and ease of public access, in 1992 the building was picked up, loaded onto a house-moving trailer and driven down the road to where is standstoday. This was made possible through the generosity of the community and the Port of Townsville, who remain the museum's major sponsors.
Following the arrival of the Bay Rock lighthouse a short time laterm the new 'Seafarers' Gallery was opened in 1994. The museums continues to grow.
The new complex opened in August 2001 and has attracted many local, regional and international visitors.
Built in 1865, the former Eureka Hotel (the oldest known building of its kind in North Queensland) was restored and opened as the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms in 2005. The Heritage Tea Rooms is located at the top of Hervey Range, an easy 35 minute drive from Willows Shopping Centre which features panoramic views of the Townsville area, and seasonal waterfalls
Serving scones, cakes, all-day breakfast, light lunches, tea, coffee (including the world’s rarest coffee Kopi Luwak at $50 a cup) as well as beer and wine, the Herveys Range Heritage Tea Rooms has something on the menu for the whole family. Visitors have the option of dining outside in the garden, on the veranda, or inside the original building. A 1.4km walking trail through nearby bushland takes you above the entrance of one of four tunnels constructed in the 1970’s for the Greenvale-Yabulu railway line, with views of the original cutting.
St Helena Island is Queensland’s most historic island. This beautiful National Park is located four kilometres from the mouth of the Brisbane River and for more than 60 years was home to hundreds of society’s outcasts, for here stood colonial Queensland’s foremost maximum security prison for men. The Island is rich in history and has a fascinating and colourful past.Tours to the Island operate all year long and we offer Day tours or Night Ghost tours conducted by members of the St Helena Theatre Troupe.
Visit St Helena Island Penal Establishment for Men, by day… or for the more adventurous try the ‘Secrets of St Helena – Ghost Tour’ (Night Tour). Enjoy the scenic views as you cruise to St Helena. Tour the old prison and enjoy our picnic lunch in the Superintendent’s Gardens. Our qualified actors/tour guides will entertain you with fascinating stories about the lives of those poor inmates of St Helena.
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens is a living museum of plant collections, displaying early heritage specimens through to present day exotic and native plantings. It is considered to be one of the most important non-indigenous cultural landscapes in Queensland and is recognised for its natural and historic values. In addition to the plant collections, there are a number of significant heritage features.
Walk through the beautiful Brisbane City Botanic Gardens accompanied by a Brisbane Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guide. Tours are offered twice daily, (except Sundays, public holidays and mid-December to mid-January). Walks last approximately one hour. Meet at 11.00am or 1.00pm at the Rotunda opposite the Albert Street gates. You can also visit Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, situated on Mt. Coot-tha Road, Toowong.
A visit to Queensland Parliament allows you to experience the grandeur of Queensland\'s first and foremost public building. Built in 1868, the beautifully restored interior showcases Queensland\'s history, as shaped by the governments and laws that have been made in the Parliament.
Today the building is still home to Australia\'s only unicameral State Parliament. Visitors can enjoy tours conducted by Parliamentary Attendants, who provide insights into the buildings\' architecture, history and operation of Parliament.
The area now known as Musgrave Park was, and continues to be, a meeting place for a number of Indigenous groups of South-East Queensland, offering a neutral site for holding feasts, ceremonies and the resolution of disputes. The Cultural Centre provides a focal point for Aboriginal community and for the preservation, promotion and presentation of Aboriginal culture and heritage.
While Centre development is being undertaken, Musgrave Park Cultural Centre operates from the Jagera Arts Centre.
City Hall is one of Queensland's most significant heritage and cultural icons.
Since its opening in 1930, City Hall has been a symbol of civic pride and over the years it has become one of Brisbane's greatest icons and community meeting places. The building has played an important role in the lives of our local community in times of war, peace, celebration and refuge and has rightly earned the title of the 'People's Place'.
City Hall is home to Brisbane’s civic, community, artistic and social life and reopened in April 2013 after three years of extensive restoration and upgrades.
Visitors can enjoy free exhibits at Museum of Brisbane, daily tours and access to the iconic clock tower. For more information call 3403 8888 or visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/cityhall
The MacArthur Museum Brisbane introduces visitors to a critical time in Brisbane’s history – the dark days of World War Two.
Visit the office where MacArthur planned the Allied campaigns in the South-West Pacific and his famous, ‘I shall return’ campaign for the recapture of the Philippines.
Experience Brisbane during the dark years of 1942 to 1944 – when streets were lined with air-raid shelters, and warships and submarines crowded the banks of the Brisbane River.
Explore a time of censorship, rationing and blackouts, when adults and children carried ID cards, and housewives queued for food supplies.
The Queensland Police Museum offers visitors the opportunity to enter the world of policing. Displays depict the history of the Queensland Police Service from 1864 to present day, giving an insight into different police sections. Visitors can test their detective skills by using clues from the simulated murder scene to solve a crime.
Other displays illustrate infamous Brisbane crimes, real murder cases, a Shrine of Honour and police transport.
QUT Art Museum has a nationally significant collection focused on contemporary Australian art. The six galleries provide an engaging space for exhibitions. It is situated within QUT Gardens Cultural Precinct, Brisbane City.
The QUT Art Museum is proud to display collection based exhibitions, major touring exhibitions, as well as QUT student exhibitions. Guided tours and free public programs, including the "Meet the Artist" series, provide a diverse range of activities to compliment the exhibitions.
Take a trip back in time to when trams were the lifeblood of Brisbane City. See why they were so popular with the people of Brisbane and discover why many cities are returning to this viable form of public transportation. Rediscover the romance that Brisbane has lost, but not forgotten.
Tours of the museum and display hall plus tram rides on restored 1901 - 1969 Brisbane Tramcars are available each Sunday. Special mid-week group charters are available by prior arrangement.
The Nursing Museum is located on the first two levels of the 1931 wing of Lady Lamington Building, formerly the Nurses’ Home, in the grounds of the Royal Brisbane Hospital. The Lady Lamington Building is heritage listed on the Register of the National Estate, the National Trust Register and the Queensland Heritage Register. Lady Lamington, the wife of the Governor of the day laid the foundation stone on 14 September 1896. Robin S. Dodds was the architect of the original 1896 “L” shaped building. The 1896 building provided accommodation for the Head Nurse, four Charge Nurses, fifty trainee nurses and four servants. A second wing was added to the Nurses\' Home in 1914 providing a further 98 cubicles for nursing staff, mainly trainee nurses.
With the growth of the Brisbane population in the 1930s and the increasing needs of the community during the economic depression, the Brisbane and South Coast Hospital Board appointed Architectural firm, Conrad, Atkinson and Powell to develop a modern hospital on the Herston site. Similarly at this time there was a need to train more nurses to staff the new wards and services buildings. The 1931 building facing the north-east, provided an additional 105 cubicles mainly for trainee nurses bringing the total accommodation provided for nursing staff at that time to 207. This wing has four floor levels and was used as night duty accommodation for the trainees. Sitting rooms, each with a fireplace, were a feature of the two top floors.
The Queensland Energy Museum highlights our energy heritage with an array of objects and displays illustrating the social history of the electricity and gas supply industry. Early documents are available for visitors to browse or undertake serious research.
The collection is being expanded to include all forms of energy.
Displays are set out chronologically from early 1800s to the modern era, relating the history of Queenslanders\' service in the Queensland and Commonwealth Defence forces, both in times of peace and during war, and of the Allies of the Colony and Commonwealth in war.
Day and evening tours are available by prior arrangement for interested groups.
In the 1880s the museum building housed Mohoupts’ General Store and a local funeral business. In 1993 the building was purchased by the Society and officially opened as a museum in 1994. The Society\\'s collection is housed in an air-conditioned, single storey brick building. The museum features a wall display of chronological history; a thematic display under glass; various free-standing historical items; a small library of books, video tapes and slides; a large paper collection on file of localities and identities; and a large collection of photographs. Historical books produced by the Society and souvenirs are on sale. The Society provides guided tours of local historical areas and lectures delivered at local schools.
Visitors are guided through the museum by ex PMG employees who worked with the equipment during their telecommunication career. Several exhibits are \\'hands on\\' with working manual and automatic phone exchanges, Morse code sets and working pairs of teleprinters (TELEX machines).
Follow the telecommunications evolution from Morse code to today\\'s advanced telephone systems. Historic photographs are also on display.
Bundaberg's first railway station, built in 1881 as an outlet for the Mt Perry railway bringing copper from the mines, is now preserved as a railway museum. Located some 500 metres from its original site, the museum houses a wide variety of railway items past and present.
Deepwater National Park offers peaceful, vehicle-free beaches, important turtle breeding grounds and varied vegetation. Nature lovers will enjoy the range of animals and plants that call this park home. After dark, between January and April, witness turtle hatchings. Explore rock pools at Wreck Rock and picnic or camp at the shady campsite behind the dunes. Bush camping is allowed at Middle Rock.
This park protects sandy beaches, diverse coastal lowland vegetation and the catchment of near-pristine Deepwater Creek, one of Queensland’s few remaining undisturbed coastal freshwater streams
Visit the Historical Proserpine Museum, where you can learn about the interesting history of this sugar cane and cattle town. The establishment of a permanent museum in the Whitsunday region was a major initiative with strong support throughout the whole community. The facility is a multi-purpose venue, which houses the museum collection, and offers the opportunity for genealogical and extensive local history research. It affords educational benefits to their youth and has been embraced as a cultural centre for their local arts and crafts and travelling exhibitions. The museum will 'Bridge the Decades since Federation' with historical thought-provoking displays which showcase the most significant achievements of this region during the last century.
Visiting the Mystery Craters is a journey of discovery! Halfway between Bundaberg and Gin Gin is Australia's most baffling phenomenon. Since their discovery in 1971, the origins of the 35 oddly shaped craters have remained the subject of controversy. The mottled mixture of sandstone and ochre stain have been the subject of many investigations and various theories have been offered.
Mystery Craters have been featured on many documentaries including Unsolved Mysteries of the World, Getaway, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Great South East, Creek to Coast, Caravan and Motor Home magazine, and more!
A giant mural greets you and as you enter the kiosk some wonderful gifts, souvenirs, and rock samples are on display. Light snacks, coffee, tea, cold drinks, and ice creams are available for your pleasure.
Set in the lush Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, the Hinkler Hall of Aviation brings to life the adventures and achievements of Australia's famous pioneer solo aviator Bert Hinkler. Become part of the story through interactive displays; fly like Bert on distinctive glide and flight simulators, be enthralled by Bert's life achievements in the movie theatrettes and sit in the replica Avro Baby aircraft. With numerous full size display aircraft exhibits and unique museum artefacts, including the beautifully restored Hinkler House ‘Mon Repos’, Bert Hinkler’s relocated Southampton home, this memorable and extraordinary experience to Bundaberg, Queensland is a must do aviation adventure.
The Wax Museum is the largest in the southern hemisphere.
At the Wax Museum you can meet famous people who made history- Movie Stars, Scientists, Explorers, Villains and World Leaders all presented with startling realism and dressed in authentically reproduced costumes of their times.
"The figures are so life-like the visitor could be excused for expecting them to walk and talk".
There are two sections to the Museum:
The WORLD IN WAX provides a series of snapshots of the people who have shaped and continue to shape our lives, It presents human beings in ll their variety. This exhibit included Dioramas of Australian History and Nersery Rymes, Replicas of the Crown Jewls and Fantasia Macabre, a unique and little seen collection of mythical characters from fiction features such macabre identities as Count Dracula, Frankenstein Monster, The Thing, The Zombie, The Werewolf & many other creatures from Legend, folklore & literature.
The Chamber of Horrors is a grim, staggering record of Human Cruelty throughout the ages... More spine chilling than fiction, is the only display of its kind in the world.
The iconic Brisbane Lookout at scenic Mt. Coot-tha has been a favourite destination for locals and visitors for more than a century and has been made new again! Recent improvements to the renowned Summit Restaurant and popular Kuta Cafe, as well as ongoing improvements to the Mt. Coot-tha, gives everyone a reason to keep coming back!
If you haven't visited us yet you are invited to do so for Brisbane Lookout is a great destination for everyone and a "must see" for all visitors to Brisbane. Breathtaking panoramic views of Brisbane City out to Moreton Bay by day and a fairyland of glittering lights at night await you.
Within the Mt. Coot-tha area you'll not only find the Brisbane Lookout....though that alone is worth the journey. There is also the many pleasures and attractions of the Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, the Cosmic Planetarium, Herbarium and the many picnic, walking, bike and even horse tracks around Mt. Coot-tha. A remarkable vantage from which to view Brisbane and beyond and a fantastic, natural recreation reserve....does it get any better?
The Redcliffe Museum celebrates the evolution of the Peninsula’s character and identity, and its significance to the world around it. In exploring past triumphs and tragedies, contemporary interests and future aspirations, the Museum becomes a vibrant, interactive and perpetual reminder of the region’s past, present and future.
The stones of St Stephen's Cathedral are silent witnesses to the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of generations of Catholic families.
In the quiet corners of this cathedral, those who shed tears of regret have found peace, those who sighed with weariness have gone out with new strength, those who were lost have discovered a way. Under the arches of this building, candles of hope and trust have flickered through the years. Here, those in love have pledged to be true to one another all the days of their lives. Here, they have brought their children to be baptised and confirmed as followers of Christ. Here, they have said their last farewell to those whose death they mourn. Here, on countless occasions, the local Church has gathered around the bishop to celebrate its unity in the Eucharist.
The cathedral takes its name from the ‘cathedra’ or bishop's seat, symbol of the chief pastor and teacher of the local Church. In the cathedral, parish communities find a sign of their fellowship with each other and the expression of their unity with the Church throughout the world. The cathedral is therefore not only an important place for those who use it regularly, but for the whole city of Brisbane as it provides a sanctuary and an oasis of green that invites people to rest awhile.
The Mercy Heritage Centre works to preserve and promote the extraordinary history and heritage of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation, to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the value of the Mercy Story within the community.
We will acquire, preserve, research, and maintain permanent collections of material for the purposes of study, education, interpretation, enjoyment, and for their continuing value to the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy.
St Helena Island is Queensland's most historic island. This beautiful National Park is located four kilometres from the mouth of the Brisbane River and for more than 60 years was home to hundreds of society's outcasts, for here stood colonial Queensland's foremost maximum security prison for men. The Island is rich in history and has a fascinating and colourful past.
Cat-o'-Nine Tails Cruises have been operating educational and historical tours to St Helena Island since 1982. Our modern 17 metre catamaran, Cat-O'-Nine-Tails, takes only 30 minutes to reach the Island from Brisbane's bayside suburb of Manly.
Tours to the Island operate all year long and we offer Day tours or Night 'Secrets of St Helena' conducted by members of the St Helena Theatre Troupe.
These tours won the prestigious Queensland Tourism Award for Heritage and Cultural Tourism in 1998.
Brisbane’s oldest surviving residence dates from 1846 when it was constructed for Patrick Leslie who had first settled on the Darling Downs in 1840. Over the years, Newstead has evolved from a simple Colonial Georgian cottage into a sprawling homestead with intricate balustrade, spacious verandahs and a vista that incorporates the Brisbane River, undulating parkland, elements of the Breakfast Creek Heritage Precinct and the changing suburbs of Hamilton, Bowen Hills, Bulimba and Newstead.
The Museum warmly welcomes you as an individual, family or group. Visitors will be delighted with our broad collection of exhibitss and archival resource material.
The Historical Society of Beaudesert is helping to preserve the stories and legacies of our pioneers from the days of the Moreton Bay settlement to the present day. Individuals, groups, families and school classes are all invited to the Beaudesert Museum to see our Celebration of Australian ingenuity. Find more information about School Visits and Group Tours to the museum.
The Historical Society of Beaudesert houses a collection of manuscripts, printed materials, photographs and maps relating to the history of the area.
The Army Museum of North Queensland is located within Jezzine Barracks, at Kissing Point in Townsville. The Museum collects and exhibits memorabilia associated with past and current Army units and personnel from North Queensland, including a geographic area between Rockhampton in the south, extending north to Torres Strait and west to the Northern Territory border.
The history of the Museum dates back to 1979, where the North Queensland Military Museum committee of management approached the Townsville Harbour Board with a request to obtain several door and lintel frames from the Magazine Island Battery. The Harbour board agreed and the items were incorporated into the reconstruction of 1980.
This allowed Fort Kissing Point to open as the North Queensland Military Museum until the 1st of August 2008, when it was closed for further restoration. Following the closure of the original Museum at the Kissing Point Forts and the handover of a majority of Jezzine Barracks to the Jezzine Barracks Community Trust, the retained Defence land within Jezzine Barracks underwent a significant period of refurbishment. North Queensland Military Museum, was renamed the Army Museum of North Queensland and relocated to its current premises in 2009.
Jezzine Barracks has been the home to Australian Army units for over 120 years and is now a fitting home to showcase the Museum and its extensive Collection of the history of the Army in North Queensland.
The Collections extends from the establishment of the first defences at Townsville and Thursday Island until the present day. The Museum is in the newly refurbished building at the centre of Jezzine Barracks. Showcased within the Museum is a gallery displaying pre-federation Army and a gallery showing more recent conflicts of Vietnam and Korea, and the history of Sir John Lavarack and Lavarack Barracks.
The earliest history of the Army in North Queensland can be traced back to the early 1880’s when volunteer independent Rifle Companies were formed at Charters Towers, Townsville, Bowen, Cairns, Cooktown, Hughenden, Ingham, Mackay Thursday Island and Ravenswood. On October 30"' 1886, the 3rd Queensland or Kennedy Regiment was gazetted, based at Kissing Point Townsville with Major William Slade Vincent as its first commanding officer.
Welcome to the home of the Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum. The RAAF Townsville Museum was established in Townsville to document the aviation and military history of North Queensland. The Royal Australian Airforce Townsville Museum has extensive collections located in historical buildings located on the Townsville RAAF Base.
The dedicated team of the RAAF Townsville Museum have painstakingly upgraded, restored and built advance multimedia displays at the RAAF Townsville Museum that provide you an insight into the North Queensland Aviation history from World War II to the present day. The RAAF Townsville Museum contains artifacts that have been kindly donated or acquired through purchases provided by key benefactors of the RAAF Townsville Museum. This has ensured that the local North Queensland History of the Townsville RAAF is not lost forever.
The Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre will delight and inform visitors with its Exhibitions and performances, it provides an insight into the traditional and contemporary life and cultural practices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and is an ideal venue for promoting their exceptional artworks to the wider world.
The Cultural Centre is a place to preserve, celebrate and display...
A variety of informative and appealing activities are provided by the Cultural Centre. These include
Performances by both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Traditional dance performances can be seen at the Centre. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance troupe can also be booked to perform at functions and venues outside of the Cultural Centre.