Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience invites you to discover authentic Indigenous Australian culture.
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. Our Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience recently won a 2019 Queensland Tourism Award in gold for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism.
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 Performance 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.
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. As a matter of fact, two of our 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 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.
Pamagirri Dance Performance
The rainforest amphitheatre provides a beautiful backdrop for the Pamagirri Dance Performance; 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.