Caring for the Environment

A commitment to sustainable practices providing high quality nature-based tourism experiences


Our Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth - all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

At Tjaukai we adhere to these goals:

  No Poverty - Donate What You Don't Use 

  • Indigenous employment as a priority (actively try to maintain a majority Indigenous employment)
  • We stock art & crafts produced by local Indigenous artists in our retail store

  Zero Hunger - Waste Less Food and Support Local Farmers

  • Our buffet is only topped up when less than half full
  • Local suppliers make up over 70% of produce for our restaurant and cafe
  • We stock locally sourced Sobah Aboriginal Beverages in our bar

  Good Health & Wellbeing- Vacinate Your Family

  • We encourage less alcohol consumption with non-alcoholic Sobah Aboriginal Beverages in our bar
  • We encourage active hand washing thorughout our park

  Quality Education - Help Educate the Children in your Community

  • We have dedicated education programs for school groups
  • We provide individual education workbooks tailored to each year group visiting Tjapukai

  Gender Equality - Empower Women and Girls and Ensure their Equal Rights

  • We employ both males & female in all roles acorss all departments

  Clean Water & Sanitation - Avoid Wasting Water

  • We harvest rainwater from our roofs for use in toilet flushing and hand washing

 Affordable & Clean Energy - Use only Energy Efficient Appliances & Light Bulbs

  • We have sensor lights in some common areas which turn on and off automatically

  Decent Work & Economic Growth - Create Job Opportunity for Youth

  • We actively accept work experience students
  • We mentor Indigenous staff through our Indigenous Leadership Group 
  • We sell local Indigenous artists products in retail store

  Reduce Inequalities - Support the Marginalised and Disadvantaged

  • Indigenous employment as a priority (actively try to maintain above 50% indigenous employment)
  • We stock art & crafts produced by local Indigenous artists in our retail store

  Sustainable Cities & Communities - Bike Walk or Use Public Transport

  • Annual Cardiac Challenge bike event fundraiser event hosted at Tjapukai 
  • Provide public transport options to get to Tjapukai

  Responsible Consumption & Production - Recycle Paper, Plastic, Glass & Aluminium

  • We use Environmentally Certified / Carbon Neutral paper for printing
  • We developed the Tjapuaki Guide app to allow us to stop printing park maps and information handouts
  • We harvest rainwater for use in toilet flushing and hand washing
  • We use ceramic crockery instead of paper plates in our cafe & restaurant
  • We use paper straws (if we use them at all) and not plastic straws

  Climate Action - Act Now to Stop Global Warming

  • We don't use vehicles for any of our tours - visitors walk throughout our property (carbon emission reduction)
  • We don't have our own vehicles for transport to and from Tjapukai - recommend public transport
  • We don't have a marketing vehicle - staff use own vehicle or public transport
  • No aircon in the breezeway, dance theatre, cultural village - architecturally designed for best cooling air flow 

  Life Below Water - Avoid Plastic Bags and Keep the Oceans Clean

  • Our promotioanl brochures are produced on recycled paper
  • We encourage visitors to download the Tjapukai Guide app instead of providing printed maps and showtimes
  • We provide single use plastic bags for retails purchases
  • We use paper straws (if we use them at all) and not plastic straws
  • We use ocean friendly soap in our soap dispensers

  Life on Land - Plant a Tree and Help Protect the Environment

  • Our Bush Food Guided Walk product educates people about sustainable agriculture  
  • We use locally sourced and hand made (by staff) spears for spear throwing activity 
  • We use wooden boomerangs for boomerang throwing activity (not plastic)

  Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions - Stand Up For Human Rights

  • We encourage Indigenous employment before any other candidates
  • We share our story - our history and culture to spread the message of harmony and peace

  Partnerships - Lobby the Government to Boost Development Financing

  • We are members of QTIC which has dedicated Indigenous Tourism Programs, and lobbies the government on behalf of Indigenous Tourism business. 
  • We are members of Ecotourism Australia and have acheived Advance Ecotourism Certification and Respecting Our Culture Certification (see details below)

Advanced Ecotourism Certification

Advanced Ecotourism Certification highlights Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products that operate with minimal impact on the environment, and provide opportunities to learn about the environment with operators who are committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping local communities.

At Tjapukai we take our committment to the environment estremely seriously. We harvest rainwater for use in toilet flushing and hand washing. We no longer provide plastic straws with our drinks, and if requested we provide paper straws. 

          Book a Guided Bush Foods Walk

2018 Roc Respecting Our Culture Certificate Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Certification  

The Respecting Our Culture (ROC) program encourages tourism operators to operate in ways that respect and reinforce Indigenous cultural heritage and the living cultures of Indigenous communities.

Tjapukai is a proud ROC certified operator, committed to protecting cultural authenticity and integrity, developing sound business practices, environmental protection and acknowledging Indigenous peoples spiritual connection to the land and water.

          Book a Cultural Creations Activity

Cultural Centre

Discover the world’s oldest living culture at Tjapukai’s Cultural Centre where you will be transported back 40,000 years with the mesmerising Dreamtime Creation Story of the Djabugay people in the Bulurru Story Waters Theatre. An inspiring photographic exhibition and historic films reveal the diverse history of Australia’s Aboriginal people.