• Frequently Asked Questions

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What should I bring?

Bring your digital devices as we encourage photography and your questions as this is a completely interactive experience.

What should I wear?

Wear casual clothes with flat closed in footwear (keep cool in summer and rug up in winter)

Where are we located?

Beenleigh Historical Village, 205 Main Street, Beenleigh Queensland, 4207, Australia.

How do I get here?

Enter into your GPS or Google maps, Beenleigh Historical Village, 205 Main Street, Beenleigh or follow these directions:

Directions from Brisbane:  Take the M1 South.  Take Exit 35 South onto 94 towards Beenleigh and Main Street.  At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Rochester Drive towards Beenleigh and Mount Warren Park.  At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Main Street.  Destination will be on your left.

Directions from Gold Coast:  Take the M1 North.  Take Exit 35 South onto 94 towards Main Street.  At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Rochester Drive towards Beenleigh and Mount Warren Park.  At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Main Street.  Destination will be on your left.

Are transfers included?

Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to offer complimentary bus transfers.  If you’d like us to arrange a private car transfer for you from the Gold Coast or Brisbane, for up to 4 guests please contact us. Otherwise, Uber or Self drive is the best way to travel.

Is parking available?

There’s plenty of free-parking on-site.

Can I tour the historical buildings?

We are located inside an historical village – a replica of an Australian township from the 1800s with historic buildings that you can wander through.  Visit an 1800s lolly shop, school, blacksmith and even a jail.  There’s a tiny donation required for this part of the experience, ask us for details if you are interested.

Is there a café or restaurant on site?

Yes – Tin Cup Cafe will welcome you with its own historical significance as the site of the first Yatala Railway station in the late 1800s and now offers our guests an open-air Queensander verandah overlooking the gardens of the village.  Offering good old fashioned service, home-style cooked food, freshly baked treats and our famous high tea pavilions and all-day breakfasts.  Tin Cup Café is fully licenced as well and the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, get a takeaway coffee or specialty tea. Tin Cup Café open hours are on our website.  Online bookings and walkins welcome.

Where do I eat dinner if I’m attending the night show?

Tin Cup Café transforms at night into our restaurant for our award-winning evening dinner theatre show.

Where do I go once I park?

Once you reach the gates of the Beenleigh Historical Village, parking is on the left and our arrival theatre is on the right as soon as you enter the gates.  Come check in with us there.

What time do your gates open?

7.30am-3.00pm & 6.00pm-9.00pm for our evening experience.

Is it suitable for families?

Yes, both our day time experience and night time dinner show is suitable for families.  We have pathways and ramps also for strollers.  Note there is some loud/disturbing scenes as we reenact history in our night show, as long as the kids are prepared for the story to be dramatic, we find our families love the education and entertainment combination.

What to expect from COVID Safe requirements

We’ve had to make some changes to the way we deliver our experience to ensure we are following QLD Health authorities guidelines and policies, these changes include:

  1. We require all guests participating in an experience to complete a COVID-Safe pre-screening questionnaire here.  This needs to be completed prior to arrival.
  2. You can read our complete COVID-Safe Plans on our website.
  3. We are now requesting for you to provide full contact details when you purchase your ticket as part of our requirement to complete and keep secure contract tracing records and the necessity for a COVID-Safe pre-screening questionnaire.
  4. A maximum of 20 guests allowed (under Stage 2 of QLD Government roadmap to easing restrictions)
  5. No group bus transfers, we can arrange additional optional private car transfers
  6. No shared buffets or meals, all food inclusions will now be plated up and served to individuals/families.  This includes our evening dinner show which pre-COVID had included a 3-course buffet.  This buffet has now changed to a 3-course menu delivered by table service.  The major change is that your main and dessert will be plated up as a hearty portion as we like it, and served by your host.  We’ll ask you if you want seconds and thirds, but be sure to leave room for dessert too.
  7. Bar service has been prohibited, but we can offer you drinks during table service
  8. Photos with our cast/crew is still allowed, just take the selfie with you in it, observing social distancing as you do.
  9. You’ll notice signage everywhere when you arrive, that’s to remind all of us to wash our hands, make use of the hand sanitisation stations available, keep our distance and be mindful of our movements and of other guests/team members.

You can also find all this information on our website at https://spiritsredsand.com/safe/

WHAT IS SPIRITS OF THE RED SAND?

Spirits of the Red Sand is an Aboriginal live theatre experience including dinner. Journey from Dreamtime to the 1800s through song, dance and storytelling.

WHAT IS THE PRICE?

Adults $120
Child 5-9yrs $25
Youth 10-15yrs $65
Senior/Student $99

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Your ticket includes Aboriginal Live theatre show; Round-trip transfers from select hotels on the Gold Coast and Brisbane; 3-course Aussie BBQ buffet including dessert; Free WiFi

HOW LONG IS THE EXPERIENCE?

Plan to be here around 3 hours, plus transfers. Transfers are around 30-40 mins each way.

6pm-6.15pm – Arrive
Pre-show entertainment, Bar, Retail while you wait
6.30pm – Show Starts
7.50pm – Dinner
8.50-9pm – Depart

WHAT IF I ARRIVE EARLY?

Our gates open at 5.30pm so you can settle in with a drink and a snack, browse our 100% Australian made retail gallery and just after 6 we’ll introduce you to some of the characters in the show to keep you entertained until the show starts at 6.30pm.

WHAT IF I ARRIVE LATE?

The show must go on, but our friendly team will get you to the next available scene. If you know you’re running late, please call us on 1300 259 016 or + 61 7 3801 8198 or message us on FaceBook.

DO YOU CATER TO SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS?

Yes. When you book you can specify if you want vegan, vegetarian, coeliac, lactose free, any allergies etc.

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS?

We love celebrating at Spirits of the Red Sand. Please advise at time of booking if it is your birthday, anniversary or a special night to you. We can organise optional cakes, flowers, welcome bubbly and more. For further information, please call our friendly team.

WHAT IS LIVE THEATRE?

Spirits of the Red Sand is a live ‘roving’ theatre experience set within an historical 19th Century Australian Village as the backdrop for the play.
Guests arrive into the Dreamtime theatre to start with, then are led by a storyteller through diverse sets including a church, an Aboriginal Village and even outside a jail. Each set lasts for around 8-10 minutes before moving through the open-air Village to the next set.
Set 1 – Dreamtime (fully enclosed)
Set 2 – Church (fully enclosed)
Set 3 – Aboriginal Village (open sided marquee)
Set 4 – Town (open air)
Set 5 – Finale theatre (open sided marquee)

IS IT OUTDOORS?

Yes and no. The 19th Century Village where the show is located is all open air, and guests walk to each set. Two of the sets are completely enclosed buildings. Two of the sets are open sided along with the restaurant. One set is completely under the stars.

WHAT IS THE WET WEATHER OPTION?

The show is 100% on each night,and is not dependent upon weather. In the case of light rain, guests will be given umbrellas and panchos and there is no change to the sets. In the case of heavy rain, certain open air sets will be changed out to the enclosed buildings. In the case of severe weather (thunderstorms, cyclones etc.), the entire show will be done in one fully enclosed theatre.

WHAT IS THE FOOD?

• Piping hot damper with dipping oils and bush dukkah to start.
• Tasting skewer of kangaroo, crocodile and emu with roast vegetables
• Hearty Australian-style char-grilled buffet with a selection of beef, lamb, chicken cooked to perfection and infused with our signature bush rub
• Accompanied by baked potatoes, seasonal salads, winter vegetables
• Indigenous infused chutney, gravy, sour cream
• Lemon Myrtle cheesecake or Australian Pavlova
• Tropical fresh fruit salad with fresh whipped cream

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?

We understand things happen. If your cancellation is made for whatever reason you will be fully refunded.
Within 48 hours of the booking, 75% of the total booking amount.
Within 24 hours of the booking, 100% of the amount will be charged. Please contact our friendly team if you need to discuss these terms.

IS THERE A BAR ON SITE?

Yes, you can purchase pre-theatre show drinks from 5.30pm. Bar is open during dinner.

IS THERE A RETAIL SHOP?

We sell a boutique variety of authentic Aboriginal leather purses, bags, hand painted boomerangs, artworks, and wooden handcrafted and hand-painted products. Gallery is open prior to the show and during dinner.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Wear comfortable flat-footed closed in shoes and dress casual and comfortable.
Winter (June-August) Dress warm, bring a jacket, and rug up.
Summer (November-March) Dress cool, wear sunscreen and a hat. A light jacket if required.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Bring your digital devices as we encourage photography and videography so you can share your memories. Remember to #spiritsredsand.com

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SHOW?

Simply follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Read about our reviews on TripAdvisor

DO I GET TO MEET AN ABORIGINAL

We want you to leave Spirits of the Red Sand with a powerful connection to Aboriginal people. Not only is the show immersive, but our cast, crew and hosts, all direct descendants of the very story you journey through, will mingle during dinner.

IS THE SHOW SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN?

Our show has been enjoyed by many families. It is suitable to children of all ages. There is some mild violent/loud scenes as two brothers heatedly discuss the way forward. We suggest to our families to brief the children on what they are about to watch and that it is an historical re-enactment that depicts the conflict surrounding the British and Aboriginal meeting for the first time. Contact us if you want to discuss this further.

IS THERE ACCESS FOR WHEELCHAIRS/STROLLERS?

Yes, the full site is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Hosts will guide you to your seat throughout the live theatre show.

WHAT IF I DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH?

We do have translated theatre guides that provide an overview of the evening, the characters and Aboriginal elements of the show.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Please see our location and directions.
Transfers are also available:
GOLD COAST: Star Casino at 5pm; Novotel Surfers Paradise at 5.15pm
BRISBANE: Wheel of Brisbane at 4.55pm; Pullman King George Square at 5.10pm

IS THERE A CAFÉ ONSITE?

Yes, if you visit us during the day you’ll enjoy the tranquil surroundings of our open-air Queenslander café with home-style cooking, baked treats and specialty coffee, teas.

BESIDES THE NIGHT SHOW, WHAT DO YOU OFFER DURING THE DAY?

Our Welcome to Country Aboriginal Experience with Morning Tea is the perfect way to participate in all aspects of traditional Aboriginal life with your very own Aboriginal guide.

DO YOU HAVE WHEELCHAIRS?

Yes. Please advise at time of booking if you require a wheelchair.

  • "Great night out! Good story, good show and good performances and great meal. More people should know about this and attend!"TripAdvisor, Gold Coast, October 2020

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  • "Very good Cultural Awareness evening for our workers and clients as it gives an in depth understanding of history - done in a sensitive manner"Trip Advisor, Brisbane, October 2020

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  • "This quality experience was a combination of entertainment and education, a heart felt journey back in time. The setting, the cast, the story and the service was simply outstanding. I highly recommend this experience."Trip Advisor, Coolamon, October 2020

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  • "You are taken on a journey of discovery, through a smoke ceremony and acceptance into tribe. It was acted out very well. I urge anyone looking for something special to pay a visit to the Beenleigh Historical Village to see this show, and the meal was to die for - 3 courses all beautifully presented and prepared."TripAdvisor, Queensland, October 2020

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  • "Terrific night in every sense of the word. From the moment of arrival to the desert is finished. A true representation of Australian history that everyone should see"
    TripAdvisor, Sydney, August 2020

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