Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
Australia’s Indigenous culture is one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world and Rainforestation Nature Park recognises the importance of preserving and sharing this unique culture.
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 approximately 1 hour which includes both the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance Show held in the Rainforest Amphitheatre and the Dreamtime Walk conducted either before or after the show. 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.
The Bushtucker walk takes half an hour and available to groups which takes place in and around the grounds of Rainforestation Nature Park and incorporates Aboriginal culture and education, while participants enjoy bush tucker tasting treats along the way.
Our Pamagirri Aboriginal guides encourage participants to use their senses of ‘touch, sight, smell and taste’ along the walk while they appreciate the natural bushland and Aboriginal cultural landscape. The guides provide the history and stories of the area, and discuss the traditional use of plants for food and medicine.
The Bush Tucker walk is suitable for people of all ages, however it is through the rainforest and there are steps involved in the walks so sturdy shoes are recommended.
[Up to 20 pax per group and prior booking is required. Price on application]
This half-hour guided tour along an all-weather walk-way modelled on the Rainbow Serpent gives further 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!
When you observe spear-throwing, you’ll be amazed at the distance the Pamagirri guides can throw spears using a Woomera. One of our Guides, Jauwa, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records with a distance of 147.75 metres which equates to one and a half football fields!
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 to those used today.
Indigenous Australians are born entertainers as music and dance are an integral part of this culture and used to pass on customs and traditions. 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. Listen carefully for sounds imitating Kangaroos or the Kookaburra. It’s easier said than done and you’ll have a chance to try this yourself after the lesson.
At the end of the tour, your personal Pamagirri guide will be available to answer questions and take photographs.
This natural setting provides a beautiful backdrop for The Pamagirri Corroboree; a traditional dance performance depicting aspects of indigenous 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. Be sure to watch closely – there’s a surprise for the audience at the end! 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.