• 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 connect with country and the land of the Yugambeh as we 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 discover, interact and participate in cultural activities.  From didgeridoo playing; artefacts and weaponry demonstrations; boomerang painting; bush tucker tasting; dancing to spear throwing; fire lighting and an introduction to camp life.

Farewell

In our language, Yuwai – 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 would highly recommend this experience- a lot of learnings to be had. Hard-hitting and confronting at times - this was very well put together to keep the audience engaged. We went in the evening and the setting/lighting and effects were stunning. The evening meal was very tasty and HUGE! Everyone was very friendly and helpful throughout the evening." TripAdvisor, Australia, April 2021

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  • "Had a fantastic day and evening with my family and would recommend to anyone of all ages and nationalities. I am in awe of the dancers and singers and found it to be the most memorable ANZAC day I have had in years." Trip Advisor, Australia, April 2021

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  • "This was a very spiritual and moving ceremonial remembrance of the Aboriginals, Torres Strait Islanders, New Zealanders and others who fought for Australia. I encourage all to attended and learn of these proud cultures." TripAdvisor,  Australia, May, 2021

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  • "Great environment to learn about aboriginal culture and understand the things better. Nice to see the co-work between the cultures and make experiences happen for a lot of people." TripAdvisor, Brisbane, Australia, May 2021

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  • "Organising an excursion for 50 preps is always difficult, however, Spirits of the Red Sand is an easy choice. The event is extremely age-appropriate! My preps were engaged and enthralled by the experiences. Thank you for a memorable time we will be back!" TripAdvisor, Australia, May 2021

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