SPIRITS of the Red Sand is a new Aboriginal interactive cultural experience in Beenleigh, Queensland.
During the production, guests move from set to set as they journey back in time to 1880s Queensland and experience the trials and challenges as the British and Aboriginal ways of life collide.
Told by Jarrah, the only surviving member of three Aboriginal brothers, the show is set within a 19th-century Australian town complete with church, pub and Indigenous village.
The production is the culmination of a 20-year journey by Eddie Ruska, an elder of the Yugambeh, Yuggera and Quandamooka people, who had preciously created a drama and dance program for at-risk youth.
While in New Zealand, Eddie, ddie Ruska was a recipient of the Queensland Premier's Seniors Award for his achievements in the field of culture, came across Tamaki Maori Village, where founder Mike Tamaki had famously used tourism as a force for good - sharing his culture with fellow New Zealanders and international visitors.
Spirits of the Red Sand is inspired by Tamaki Maori Village and last month won best interactive Cultural Theatre Program in Australasia in the Australian Enterprise Awards.
Beenleigh is situated between Brisbane and The Gold Coast and there are round-trip transfers from select hotels in both locations.
Ticket prices, which include a char-grilled barbecue dinner, are $120 or $99 for seniors.
- 1300-259-016, spiritsredsand.com