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.
"Not only was it highly entertaining but it was informative, educational and quite emotional. You really feel that you have been taken on a journey. Also, couldn't have been happier with the scrumptious food. Delicious and plentiful. Highly recommended Spirits of the Red Sand and huge thanks to the crew there for putting on such a memorable event!"Trip Advisor, January 2020
" The show was riveting and had us on the edge of our seats in anticipation, words could not convey how fortunate we feel for being able to be apart of such an amazing experience of the reenactment of history. The whole experience is one that we will hold close to our hearts."Trip Advisor, January 2020
"Best indigenous culture immersion you could ever get! Very touching, humbling and educative. I have lived in Australia for just under 10 years and travelled the whole country, but it was the first time I actually saw something so great that connected me with the culture. I'm so thankful for the experience!" TripAdvisor, February 2020
"Very entertaining, the actors and staff were brilliant and an awesome meal at the end of the show. This was a highlight of my holiday and I would recommend it to anyone.." TripAdvisor, March 2020