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Unforgettable daytime and evening experiences that connect you with the world’s oldest living culture

This is Aboriginal Australia

60,000 years in the making, meet the Aboriginal elders and mobs of this great Southern Queensland region as you embark on an incredible cultural journey like no other – where the true stories and vibrant spirit of Aboriginal Australia unfold before your eyes.

By day, Welcome to Country invites you to discover ancient Aboriginal customs and rituals from Dreamtime to the rhythms of the didgeridoo to participating in all aspects of traditional Aboriginal life including boomerang painting and bush tucker tasting.

And by night, the Evening Experience commands the spotlight with an award-winning roving dinner and theatre experience that takes you from Dreamtime to 1800’s Australia when the British and Aboriginal ways of life collide.

Launched in 2017, Spirits of the Red Sand is a first-of-its kind experience – a true cultural awakening that will open your eyes to the history, beauty, and vibrancy of the Aboriginal people.

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Evening Experience

Set in the unique gardens of Beenleigh Historical Village, journey back in time to 1800’s Queensland as the British and Aboriginal ways of life collide. The highly acclaimed Evening Experience is a captivating live theatre and 3-course dinner that will immerse you in the unforgettable story of three Aboriginal brothers and their families, who experienced first-hand many of the events they bring to life. A masterpiece of authentic Aboriginal storytelling that will pass down significant truths through traditional song, dance, culture, and community.

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Welcome to Country Daytime Experience

For the first time in Australia, you are invited to immerse yourself in the ancient Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country as you connect with the world’s oldest continuous culture. Set in an authentic pre-European Aboriginal village, participate in Aboriginal traditions, customs and rituals that bring Dreamtime and beyond to life. Your entry to a 60,000-year-old journey begins at Spirits of the Red Sand.

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  • "I would highly recommend this experience- a lot of learnings to be had. Hard-hitting and confronting at times - this was very well put together to keep the audience engaged. We went in the evening and the setting/lighting and effects were stunning. The evening meal was very tasty and HUGE! Everyone was very friendly and helpful throughout the evening." TripAdvisor, Australia, April 2021

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  • "Had a fantastic day and evening with my family and would recommend to anyone of all ages and nationalities. I am in awe of the dancers and singers and found it to be the most memorable ANZAC day I have had in years." Trip Advisor, Australia, April 2021

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  • "This was a very spiritual and moving ceremonial remembrance of the Aboriginals, Torres Strait Islanders, New Zealanders and others who fought for Australia. I encourage all to attended and learn of these proud cultures." TripAdvisor,  Australia, May, 2021

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  • "Great environment to learn about aboriginal culture and understand the things better. Nice to see the co-work between the cultures and make experiences happen for a lot of people." TripAdvisor, Brisbane, Australia, May 2021

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  • "Organising an excursion for 50 preps is always difficult, however, Spirits of the Red Sand is an easy choice. The event is extremely age-appropriate! My preps were engaged and enthralled by the experiences. Thank you for a memorable time we will be back!" TripAdvisor, Australia, May 2021

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