Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

1 Hour
Cairns, Queensland
Culture & Nature
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Local Indigenous Pamagirri guides welcome you to join them on a journey to discover the Dreamtime and learn about the fascinating customs and ancient traditions that are kept alive in the rainforest of Kuranda, in Tropical North Queensland.

The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience takes 1 hour which includes both the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Performance held in the Rainforest Amphitheatre and the Dreamtime Walk conducted either before or after the show.

Location

Rainforestation Nature Park. Kennedy Highway, Kuranda, Queensland.

What to expect

Pamagirri Dance Performance

Take your seat in the Rainforest Amphitheatre and admire the beautiful backdrop for the Pamagirri Dance Performance; a traditional dance performance depicting aspects of Aboriginal culture including animals, food gathering and hunting.
The rainforest serves as the theatre walls whilst sounds of wildlife provide accompaniment to the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo and clapsticks.

The Dreamtime Walk

The Dreamtime Walk is a half-hour guided tour along an all-weather walk-way modelled on the Rainbow Serpent gives you insight into Aboriginal traditions and beliefs and how several ancient implements were used.
Enter the Pamagirri Cultural Centre at Rainforestation and experience Tropical North Queensland through the eyes of the people who have been its custodians for tens of thousands of years.

Try your hand at boomerang throwing and after a demonstration and a few lessons, you’ll be ready to test your skills. The area is specially netted for your safety, as boomerangs do come back! Observe spear-throwing and be amazed at the distance your guide can throw spears using a Woomera. As a matter of fact, two of the Pamagirri Guides are in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest spear throws. Discover how the spear was used for hunting (imagine having to catch your own dinner for every meal!) and to uphold traditional law in tribal communities. Thankfully, punishments endured in the past bare no resemblance today.

In the midst of traditional Aboriginal dwellings, your guide will explain how didgeridoos are made and used in ceremonies, and then reveal the techniques used to play this haunting ancient instrument by imitating the noises of Australian animals like the Kookaburra and Kangaroo before you you try it yourself!

At the end of the tour, your personal Pamagirri guide will be available to answer questions and take photographs.

Extended Dreamtime Walk activities are available at an extra cost for groups to learn even more about the fascinating history of Australia’s Indigenous culture.

What is included

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This one hour experience is held daily at 11:00am and 1:00pm (except Wednesdays when the park is closed).

The amphitheatre is wheelchair accessible and has a large protective canopy and tiers of comfortable wooden seats with the capacity for four hundred people. The dance programme is available in fourteen different languages.

Extended Dreamtime Walk activities are available at an extra cost for groups to learn even more about the fascinating history of Australia’s Indigenous culture.

Meeting point

Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Rainforestation Nature Park. Kennedy Highway, Kuranda, Queensland.

What to bring

Camera
Hat
Sneakers
Water bottle
Wet gear

YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER

Rainforestation Nature Park

The award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park is located in Kuranda’s World Heritage rainforest. Set on 100 acres in the midst of World Heritage rainforest, the park was purchased by Charlese and Pip Woodward in 1974. The site had previously been used as a coffee and orange plantation. It can be reached by road from Cairns. The park is home to the Army Duck Rainforest tours on land and water, the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and the iconic Australian animals in the Koala & Wildlife Park.

In 1993, the Woodward family worked alongside Djabugay Elder, Lyn Hobber and Donald Enoch from the Pamagirri Dance Troup and the Pamagirri Dreamtime Walk Cultural Tour was born. This authentic tour is hosted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Here you can learn about the world’s oldest surviving culture with the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. Watch a traditional dance performance, spear presentation and be blown away by the didgeridoo. Test your boomerang throwing skills.

The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience has recently won the 2019 Queensland Tourism Award in Gold for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism.

Rainforestation Nature Park is open every day except Wednesday 9:00am-3:00pm.

Ready for an experience you won't forget?