PHOTO: Avatar's Abode
Passing through the open gates at the end of Meher Road, a short signposted drive takes you to a green open slope and a place of beauty and simplicity.
At the top of the slope are the two most significant buildings on the Abode. The Baba House where Meher Baba lived during Hiis visit contains many reminders of His stay while His Room is the central focus of the whole Abode.
Nearby is the Meeting Hall where Baba gave teachings. This is always open and on its porch you can make yourself a cuppa. Both these buildings retain the character of simple farm sheds that they had when Baba came.
Other buildings of similar style can be seen: The Shed which is used for gatherings, talks and plays; the Reception Centre and Library and the Bookshop. There are also three buildings for pilgrim accommodation. Three houses are lived in by permanent residents.
The Abode is mostly bushland and a number of trails lead through the trees, with places to sit and look at the views over the coast.
The Abode is a sanctuary. All are welcome, but dogs and unsupervised children are not allowed and of course there is a ban on alcohol and drugs.
Where is Avatar's Abode?
Situated 100 km north of Brisbane - the capital city of Queensland, Australia - Avatar’s Abode is just 6 km inland on the Sunshine Coast, a popular holiday destination with surfing beaches and beautiful countryside.
Directions from Brisbane
Coming north from Brisbane on the Bruce Highway, take the Nambour/Maroochydore exit and turn left towards Nambour.
Drive along Nambour Connection Road past the Big Pineapple tourist park (on the right), then take the first left turn which is signposted to Kiel Mountain Road and Palmwoods.
Turn right at the roundabout (Kiel Mountain Road exit), continue over the overpass, then keep going straight at the next roundabout (second exit) and follow Kiel Mountain Road for about three kilometres.
Turn right at Meher Road, drive about half a kilometre, and the entrance to Avatar's Abode is at the end of the the road.
Directions from Sunshine Coast Airport
The regional airport is located 5 km North of Maroochydore across the river at Friendship Avenue, Marcoola. To get directions from the airport to Avatar's Abode or further explore regional maps, use this direct link to Google Maps.
Sub tropical, with temperatures ranging between 10-24 Celsius in winter and 25-35 in summer. Rainy season is in January (summer) through April with an annual rainfall of 1500-2000 mm (60-80 inches) per year.
People interested in learning more about Avatar Meher Baba and His place are welcome to visit the property during the hours of 9 am to 6 pm. There are tea and coffee making facilities available, but no food. Amenities can be found in several locations.
To arrange your day visit please telephone:
Bill Le Page (+61 7) 5442 1248, or Ros or Roy Hayes (+61 7) 5442 1544, or Bernard Bruford (+61 7) 5442 1487.
Booking accommodation to stay on Avatar's Abode
It is essential that persons who stay on Avatar’s Abode have a genuine interest in Meher Baba or wish to learn more about Him. Australian visitors are required to have visited the property as a day visitor before staying on the property.
Ring Ros or Roy Hayes on (+61 7) 5442 1544 or write care of 19 Meher Road, Woombye 4559, Australia. Fax (+61 7) 5442 1700. If unable to contact Ros or Roy, phone Bernard Bruford (+61 7) 5442 1487.
Email - please use the form on our Contact page.
Please make your request at least 72 hours in advance to allow time for confirmation. Some days it can take up to 24 hours for messages and emails to be received and attended to.
The maximum stay is two weeks.
Accommodation for pilgrims
PHOTO: Judith's Cottage, Avatar's Abode
In the Pilgrims Quarters there is limited basic accommodation with share facilities. The bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen are shared and visitors provide and cook their own food.
There are also a very pleasant self-contained Cabin and a Cottage that sleep 1-6 people.
All accommodations have their own parking, all are self-contained with simple, functional kitchens and simple bathrooms. They all have laundry facilities. Baby cot available. Limited wheelchair access in the accommodations.
The Pilgrims Quarters
Close to the centre of the Abode
Sleeps 9 people comfortably
2 dormitories, 5 bed and 4 bed (men and women separated)
2 fold down couches in common room
PHOTO: Francis' Cabin, Avatar's Abode
Close to the entrance of the property, surrounded by bushland and rainforest.
Sleeps 4 people comfortably
2 bedrooms (one with twin beds and a single bed and one single bed room with a trundle bed suitable for children)
Located towards the back of Avatar's Abode.
Quiet, secluded, with views to the coast.
Sleeps 4 people comfortably (a further two in stacker beds)
2 bedrooms(one with twin beds and one with bunk beds)
2 stacker beds in sitting room
Suggested accommodation donations
From July 2014:
Pilgrims Quarters - $25 for an adult per night, with a maximum of $150 per adult per week. Student aged child $12.50 – with maximum $50 per child per week. Maximum family weekly rate of $300.
Francis' Cabin and Judith's Cottage - $35 for an adult per night, with a maximum of $240 per adult per week. Student aged child $12.50 – with maximum $50 per child per week. Maximum family weekly rate of $400.
What to bring
Flashlight, wet weather gear, bathers (especially summer - November to April).
In winter, June to August, the days are warm (tee shirt and jeans) but nights are cold, so a jacket or jumper is required.
Food (you do your own cooking - we can arrange for you to be taken shopping for supplies after or on arrival). Basic needs of tea, coffee, sugar and washing powder are supplied.
All blankets and linen are supplied.
Local telephone calls can be made but STD telephone facilities are not available; you could purchase a phone card if you need this service.
The Sunshine Coast is a holiday destination and there are nearby motels and caravan parks at a range of prices. (Note that camping is not permitted on Avatar's Abode).
How to get here
From Brisbane electric trains and buses are available to travel to Woombye (about an hour and a half to two hours travel). Commuter buses (Sunair.com.au, costs Aus$33 one way) travel from Brisbane to Sunshine Coast every hour (6am - 10pm).
There are direct flights to Maroochydore from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne via Jetstar / Virgin / Tiger Airways.
People who have booked accommodation should contact Ros or Roy to arrange to be transported from Maroochydore or Woombye to Avatar’s Abode. People coming for a day visit should phone Bill (+61 7) 5442 1248, Ros or Roy (+61 7) 5442 1544 or Bernard Bruford (+61 7) 5442 1487 for directions and information.
For overseas visitors, it could be worth considering entering Australia through Cairns, visiting the Barrier Reef and continuing your flight to Brisbane as an international traveller.
Avatar’s Abode is situated 4km from the village of Woombye which has a rail and bus service to towns in the area and Brisbane. However, as Avatar’s Abode is in a bush setting and is isolated, hiring a car is an advantage. The surrounding country is very beautiful and has many lovely areas to visit. But they are not well serviced with public transport. Sometimes local Baba Lovers can help out.
When to visit?
All year round. A special time to come is for the Anniversary of Meher Baba’s visit to the property. The Anniversary is held each year on the Queen’s Birthday three-day weekend in June — this is held on the weekend of the second Saturday in June. Accommodation on the property at this time is generally only available to volunteer workers at the Anniversary.