No reopening for Tjapukai

No reopening for Tjapukai

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (Tjapukai) will not be reopening.

The Cairns attraction has experienced significant financial challenges for many years, made worse through the Covid-19 pandemic when it was forced to go into caretaker mode.

The venture is largely reliant on international visitors and is not financially able to continue operating with the continued restrictions and uncertain future for international inbound travellers and increased

competition in the domestic market.

‘The closure of Tjapukai wasn’t a decision made lightly or quickly,’ says a Tjapukai board staement. ‘We have been seeing declining patronage for many years. Tjapukai has considered various options to continue to revitalise and grow the operations, however the business has continued to remain marginal in the face of a challenging tourism market.

‘Tjapukai has successfully showcased the Djabugay culture to more than three million visitors over its 33 year history, injecting more than $40 million to the local community in wages, royalties and the purchase and commissioning of art and artefacts.

‘Throughout its history Tjapukai has been a strong employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, consistently achieving over 65% indigenous employment. Tjapukai is supporting its employees through this difficult time and remains committed to assisting all employees with comprehensive career transition support, including training and the provision of post placement services with the assistance of a local service provider.

‘Tjapukai will work with the traditional owners regarding the future of the site.’