• Welcome to Country Aboriginal Experience 

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Your entry to a 60,000-year-old journey where land and people connect

“The practise of acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land is an ancient custom of great significance that my people have performed over many generations. Almost lost to a culture that has survived 60,000 years, I’m so proud to see Spirits of the Red Sand perform this ritual in its most traditional way again”, Elder Eddie.

Now, for the first time in Australia, you as visitors and locals can experience the ancient ceremony of Welcome to Country & Acknowledgment of Country within the environment of a pre – European Aboriginal Village. Not just a quick few words, but an amazing journey that allows you to feel Dreamtime in an interactive theatre, learn of and carry the message stick of acceptance to the elder of the village, go through the soul-cleansing smoking ceremony, feel the vibe of the world’s oldest continuous culture to the sounds of the didgeridoo, ancient chants, dance and songs of the land.  The only experience that brings you up close and personal with us the Aboriginal of Australia.

Your journey is divided into four stages:

Dreamtime Beliefs

Gain an understanding of Aboriginal Dreamtime beliefs and creation stories through this exciting AV presentation.

Welcome to Country formalities

A leader is selected, the message stick is presented to the Elder.  Your Aboriginal Guide  ‘welcomes’ one and all to the region of the Yugembeh and Kombomerri people as you pay respect to those who have gone before us and our ancestors’ spirits and you pass through a Smoking Ceremony to cleanse us of evil spirits.

Cultural Participation

Your Guide will share all aspects of our culture as you interact, participate and exchange hospitality.  From didgeridoo playing; boomerang painting; bush tucker tasting; dancing to spear throwing; fire lighting and an introduction to camp life.

Farewell

In our language, Yuwei – a traditional farewell firelighting and Corroboree (celebration dance) from our guides, never a complete goodbye – but a ‘see you later, if not in this world, then in our Father’s.’

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  • "I especially enjoyed interacting with the actors by walking through the village into different scenes. I would most definitely take visitors to see the show & recommend locals to go along."Trip Advisor, Brisbane, Australia, March 2021

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  • "We learned a lot of things that we had never heard before. The meal was absolutely delicious with very generous portions. We found the whole experience both educational and entertaining and very good value for money."Trip Advisor, Robina, Australia, March 2021

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  • "This was an excellent and raw experience - a story that needs to be told. The performance was very real and professional and was thoroughly enjoyed by all, including the meal at the end."TripAdvisor, March 2021

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  • “A great sense of the Aboriginal journey tastefully done. The meal was more than sufficient and well prepared. Overall a great experience. Catered well for our group of two grandparents and 18 grandchildren.”TripAdvisor, January 2020

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  • "This was one of the best experiences I’ve had on my Gold Coast holiday this week. The storyline was very confronting but needs to be told and we all need to learn."TripAdvisor, Shoalhaven, Australia, December 2020

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