Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Show ends 23 November 2011
If you have always meant to book tickets to the Australian Outback Spectacular "Heroes of the Light Horse" but never quite got around to it, then book now because this spectacular show will close its doors for the final time on Wednesday 23 November. This exciting and unique evening dinner spectacle, filled with outback music, drama and action has entertained over one million people from all over the world and was awarded the prestigious Major Tourism Attraction Award (at the Queensland Tourism Awards, 2010).
The show, the second since the Australian Outback Spectacular opened in 2006, celebrates the stockmen and women of the outback. It follows the rivalry between two cattle stations, with incredible stunt riding displays. The Heroes of the Light Horse tells the story of the Australian Light Horse soldiers and what they went through during World War 1. The bonds these men had with their horses and the courage they displayed during the famous Australian cavalry charge to capture the water wells of Beersheba in Palestine, is legendary.
The show lives up to its name, as it is truly spectacular. At the beginning, a lone rider gallops at full speed towards the back of the arena. Playing on the entire wall behind, is an outback panorama and when the rider exits the arena, he is seen galloping far out into the Outback. A simple but so effective display sets the scene, draws you into the story and the action doesn't stop for the whole show.
The 1000 seat venue is set out with a large arena in the middle and 3 sides of seating, with bench tables in front of you. The seating is well elevated which offers optimum viewing for all. You are served a 3 course Aussie BBQ dinner and drinks throughout the show. The servers are well organized and slick with their serving and clearing away of your dishes. The only thing we found was that we were so engrossed in the show that we kept forgetting to eat. The food was excellent with tender steaks and a vegetarian option.
The Australian Outback Spectacular - viewed by more than one million people Image courtesy of the MyFun website)
The show has great cross generational appeal, wonderful for adults and kids alike. It would make a great Christmas family treat. (Note the gunfire is pretty loud so if you have a young child who dislikes loud noises, it would not be for them). The "Heroes of the Light Horse" is closing to make way for the new "Spirit of the Horse" show which opens 6 December, 2011. If you have relatives visiting from overseas, I would highly recommend this experience as it does capture the culture of the outback in a visually stunning and entertaining way.
Outback Spectacular is a 20 min drive north of Surfers Paradise
45 mins south of Brisbane
To book tickets, call 133 386 or book online. If you join MyFun you can save 10% off the ticket price. Normal price is Adults $99.99, children 4 – 13 are $69.99 and pensioners $89.99. 10% off reduces these prices to: $89.99 / $62.99 & $80.99 respectively. The time of the show is 7.30pm.