March 29, 2021

Wednesday 24 March, 2021.  Spirits of the Red Sand has scooped a double commendation at the Logan Urban Design Awards (LUDA) for 2020.

A record number of entries were received for the awards, which recognise the best in urban design that help create innovative and inclusive social environments.

Spirits of the Red Sand and the NAIDOC Wild Foods & Cultural Festival was honoured by the judges for their ability to pivot and remain relevant during COVID-19, along with being one of the few Aboriginal experiences to retain staff and stay open during COVID.

Spirits of the Red Sand offers a meaningful and authentic ‘roving theatre’ and dinner experience by night; and education; corporate groups; innovative events along with a unique function space for hire and open-air Queenslander café, Tin Cup Café, all from within the Beenleigh Historical Village.

In winning these awards, Spirits of the Red Sand’s Managing Director and CEO, Mike Tamaki alluded to the team being the success, stating “As a team, we punch well above our weight and we never compromise on the way we deliver our experience for our guests, nor on the way we represent our First Nations culture in a meaningful and authentic way.”

Spirits of the Red Sand were also asked to perform the welcome on country formalities to all guests, video can be viewed here.

The 2020 LUDA awards, delayed from last year because of pandemic restrictions, were presented at a ceremony at Kiwanda Café in Eagleby.  Photos from top left:  Mike Tamaki, Managing Director and CEO of Spirits of the Red Sand accepted the award, presented by Deputy Mayor of Logan City Council, Councillor Jon Raven (left with Mike Tamaki right). top right photo:  Mike Tamaki left; Extraction Coffee owners; Deputy Mayor Jon Raven and Business Winner from the Beenleigh Night Markets).  bottom left photo All the award winners of the evening.


About Spirits of the Red Sand

Voted No.1 Must Do Queensland Attraction, Spirits of the Red Sand shares 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture. Located in South East Queensland, halfway between Brisbane and Gold Coast, this is a multi-award-winning world-first in authentic Aboriginal storytelling experiences.

By Night – Meaningful and mesmerising, the Aboriginal live theatre and dinner experience takes you beyond Dreamtime to 1800s Australia when the British and Aboriginal ways of life collide. Told through an immersive, ‘roving theatre’ historical re-enactment including a 3-course dinner and dessert
By Day – ‘Group experiences for Education with hands-on participation and learning activities; Corporate experiences including Cultural awareness programs, team building incentives and function and event space for hire; Cruise shore excursions, a unique events calendar, and a fully licensed open-air cafe –  Tin Cup Café & Bar

Spirits of the Red Sand is located inside Beenleigh Historical Village – 205 Main Street, Beenleigh, QLD 4207.

Media Contact:  Kerryn Collins – Ph. (07) 3801 8198 Mobile 0490 162 052