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Give your students the opportunity to experience the world’s oldest living culture.

At Spirits of the Red Sand, we strongly believe our culture needs to be kept alive through the training and passing on of valuable cultural information to the younger generations.  Our children are exposed to song and dance from a very young age, some as soon as they can walk.

We have a strong sense of family and community, and that’s what your school or college group will encounter when they meet us, it’s like being surrounded by one big family that will share our stories, our culture and our ancient traditions in a way that is easy to understand and completely engaging.
Whether the group is witnessing and participating in traditional song and dance passed down over many generations, participating in ancient fire starting techniques, playing of Aboriginal musical instruments (such as didgeridoo or clap-sticks) or listening to Indigenous educational talks that offer an insight into Aboriginal life and history of this ancient land, we promise a life changing cultural immersion journey that will forever change the way they see the world around them.
If you are a teacher or chaperone, you’ll be happy to know we have a full-service café on site set within the tranquil gardens of the Beenleigh Historical Village, where we are situated. Order a latte and a fresh scone to go and if the kids are hungry, there’s hot-chips, ice-creams and fresh sandwiches on the menu for them.

We are able to accommodate any size group from small to large and from primary school, high school through to colleges/universities and international schools.

Experiences On Offer include:

A Taste of Aboriginal Life

Enter the world of the Aboriginal in our pre-colonial Aboriginal village as we bring a traditional day in the Aboriginal village to life.  Forget classroom learning, this is history and participation in action!

First your school is broken into ‘tribes’ as we select a chief to represent each tribe and you participate in an ancient message stick ceremony before the journey to the Aboriginal village, your home for the day. Your group will then select a Chief and conduct a naming ceremony before proceeding through interactive cultural stations where students will participate in all aspects of traditional Aboriginal life.

8 Stations Include:

  • Ancient Fire lighting technique
  • Face painting in the ancient Aboriginal way and explanation of art
  • Survival techniques and weaponry, including the boomerang.   
  • Throw a spear
  • Herbal, medicinal and edible bush walk
  • Dreamtime and storytelling for learning the protocols and traditions of Village life
  • Traditional fun and games, play the didgeridoo and clapsticks
  • Learn to dance and participate in Corroboree

Other traditional activities such as basket (dilly-bag) weaving, message stick, clap stick or boomerang painting and traditional food tastings can also be included.

A Taste of Aboriginal Life includes:

  • 2 hour Aboriginal guided tour
  • Dreamtime Creation stories AV
  • Selection of Chief(s)
  • Aboriginal face painting and participation in all aspects of traditional Aboriginal life

Pricing:

Activity

Cost Per Person

Child (Primary School)

$15.50

Students (Secondary School)

$25.00

International School Students

$45.00

Supervising adults – 1 per 5 students

FREE

Supervising adults – additional

$36.50

Add ons – Morning Tea (Damper demonstration & drink)

$3.50

Add ons – Sausage Sizzle Lunch and drink

$5.00

Add ons – Packed breakfast or lunch

$8.50

Add ons – Self-guided tour of the Historical Village

$4.00

Add ons – Guided tour of the Historical Village

$8.00

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School Excursion

As the traditional bloodline descendants of the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands, Stradbroke, and Moreton Bay regions, we would be honoured to prepare a deep, rich program for your school excursion.  Through storytelling and interaction, students will come away with an eye-opening understanding of the Aboriginal culture, history, and traditions that meets the educational requirements.

Throughout the excursion, students will learn about our ancient traditions and protocols, fire lighting techniques, hear stories from the Dreamtime, throw a spear and learn about traditional hunting techniques including the deadly Boomerang, how to play the didgeridoo (boys) and clap-sticks (girls).  Engage their senses through tasting bush foods and gain an understanding of all aspects of traditional Aboriginal life.

Workshops include:

  • Aboriginal Guide
  • Dreamtime and storytelling of traditions and protocols
  • Interactive weapons and artifacts talk
  • Throw a spear
  • Learn the local language
  • Learn to Dance audience participation

School workshop (up to 50 students)

ACTIVITY

COST PER PERSON

Base rate (1 hr presentation)

$590.00

2nd presentation

$190.00

3rd presentation

$150.00

Additional students (per head, per presentation) 51+

$4.50

Add ons – Aboriginal Dance Troupe  – 5 members

$500.00

Add ons – Boomerang, Message stick or Clap stick painting workshops – per student

$5.00

Add ons – Basket weaving (dilly bag) – per student

$5.00

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Discover

  • "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

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  • "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

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  • "Such an amazing thing to do while spending time on the Gold Coast. Such a beautiful way to show some insight into Aboriginal culture. A great way to learn more about the original people of this land and some of what they experience. " TripAdvisor, September 2019

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  • "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

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  • "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

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