Spirits of the Red Sand is an interactive Aboriginal Live Theatre Show & delicious dinner – the only experience of its type in Australia.
Experience an evening of powerful storytelling, unique Aboriginal rituals & a hearty Australian Char-grilled feast. Perfect for families, couples, singles and those interested in the world’s most ancient culture.
You’ll journey back in time to the 1800’s, walking through various interactive scenes where live theatre tells the story of Jarrah and his brothers. This is a uniting story of how two cultures come together to form a nation. The experience is set within a 19th Century Australian village, complete with the largest Pre-Colonial Aboriginal village including authentic Gunyah (Aboriginal hut) dwellings.
The village is alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including weaving, carving, hunting, fire-making.
You’ll witness first hand as two cultures come together to form a nation and you’ll get to connect with the Aboriginal culture like never before. Engaging all the senses through light and audio installations, the live theatre experience is brought to life via a cast of 18 direct descendants of the very story you’ll be walking through. Throughout the show, you’ll move between different sets. Find yourself in the darkened theatre of the Dreamtime; a church; a jail and more – you’re right amongst it!
Located halfway between Gold Coast and Brisbane at the Beenleigh Historic Village, it’s easy to get to and easy to return from. Just 30 minutes from Brisbane City and Airport and 40 minutes from Gold Coast City and Airport. We also offer coach transfers from select hotels in Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
The story of Spirits of the Red Sand is based on true events and authentic elements of Aboriginal culture. Many of our characters have been inspired by real people living in 1800’s Australia. All of our Aboriginal actors are direct descendants of Australian Aboriginal tribes – their families experienced many of the events they bring to life in the show. At the end of the show, you can mix and mingle with the cast during a hearty Australian-style Char-grilled buffet Dinner.
*All Self-Drive guests must arrive between 6.00-6.15pm for 6.30pm show start.
- All guests participate in our traditional Aboriginal welcome
- You'll journey from Dreamtime to 1800s Australia through an audio/visual experience
- The powerful live moving theatre where chapters of a true story unfold before you
- Hearty Australian Buffet feast, followed by sumptuous desserts
- Water, Coffee, Tea, Hot chocolate & Lemon Myrtle tea included, Licensed bar available
- Special dietary requirements and Special celebrations catered for upon request
- 6.15pm Self-Drive guests to Arrive, Ticketing, Licensed Bar is Open
- 6.30-7.30pm Interactive Aboriginal Live Theatre Show
- 7.30-8.15pm Hearty Australian-style 3 course Char-grilled Buffet Dinner
- 8.30pm Depart
- Piping Hot Damper with dipping oils and bush dukkah
- Hearty Australian-style Char-grilled Buffet. Choose from beef, lamb or chicken (or sample them all!). Cooked to perfection and infused with our signature bush rub
- Served with baked potatoes, seasonal salads and winter vegetables and indigenous inspired chutneys and sauces
- Tropical fresh fruit platter with fresh cream; Lemon Myrtle cheesecake or Pavlova
Spirits of the Red SandSpirits of the Red Sand is an Aboriginal experience that embodies a dream more than 20 years in the making.
In the mid-1990’s, Elder of the Yugembeh, Yuggera and Quandamooka tribes Eddie Ruska and his son Shannon created a drama and dance program for at-risk Youth.
Aboriginal children would come to Eddie & Shannon’s programs to enjoy dance, drama and song – and to feel like they belonged. Eventually, this grew into a world acclaimed travelling dance group. As a reward for all their hard work, Eddie, Shannon and their family fundraised to take the dance troupe to New Zealand on an Indigenous Tour.
It was here the magic happened. Eddie, Shannon and their group of youth came across Tamaki Maori Village – and were entranced. Here were New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people making a name for themselves not only within their country but internationally.
Guests from all over the world came to Tamaki Maori Village to interact with the culture, performances and storytelling of the Maori people. The seed was sewn – why not take this similar concept to Australia, but with the Aboriginal culture? And when storytelling and cultural tourism mastermind Mike Tamaki came on board, this is exactly what took place.
The Spirits of the Red Sand experience is the meeting of two cultures, Maori and Aboriginal, both with incredible similarities and a deep mutual respect for one another.
While Spirits of the Red Sand differs from Tamaki Maori Village in many ways, the essence is the same – to create respect and admiration for a culture through storytelling, to leave people from all over the world with unforgettable memories and to help local indigenous people thrive through sustainable work and career development.