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 was 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.
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.
Our vision is to be Australia’s #1 Aboriginal Dinner show experience through storytelling and delivering our culture in a uniquely world class visitor experience.
We will achieve this by always delivering authentic Indigenous engagement and a platform that allows our community and guests to participate in how we, a 60,000 year-old people, tell, and share our history and our culture.
"Spirits of the Red Sand is a fantastic interactive cultural journey. It is a walk through history (literally!) set in a museum village in Beenleigh. The cast and staff are wonderful and welcoming and the food was yummy."Trip Advisor, October 2019
"Cannot recommend this highly enough. The show was very informative. The food was fabulous, even tried kangaroo, crocodile and emu. If you do one thing whilst in Queensland I would do this."Trip Advisor, October 2019
"What an amazing night !! Thank you. As soon as we walked in the door .. was brilliant!! What an amazing team (all ages) felt like I was living it with all the ancestors. Touched my heart ! Will be an experience that I will carry with me forever!" TripAdvisor, September 2019
"Great show. Entertaining, informative and real. The stories told of Aboriginal history in the area were well done. Dinner was delicious as well and plenty of food." TripAdvisor, September 2019