“Through darkness to light, through suffering to happiness, through chaos to harmony will be the end of the journey. All suffering has an end. Spiritual happiness has no end. It is perennial.” ~ Meher Baba
Welcome to 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 Avatar’s Abode. Baba’s House where Meher Baba lived during his visit in 1958 contains many reminders of his stay. Baba’s Room, within, is the central focus of Avatar’s Abode. Nearby is the Meeting Hall where Meher 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 Meher Baba came. Other buildings of similar style can be seen: The Shed which is used for gatherings, talks and plays; the Reception Centre, which houses the Library, and the Bookstore. There are also four buildings for pilgrim accommodation. Two other houses on the property are for permanent residents. Avatar’s 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.
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 beaches and beautiful countryside.
How to get here
Buses and trains run from Brisbane to Woombye (about 1.5 – 2 hours travel). Airport shuttle buses travel from Brisbane to Sunshine Coast (Con-x-ion). There are direct flights to Maroochydore from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Cairns.
Avatar’s Abode is situated 4 km from the village of Woombye which has a rail and bus service to towns in the area and Brisbane. As the area is not well-serviced with public transport and Avatar’s Abode is located in an isolated, bush setting, hiring a car is an advantage. Local followers of Meher Baba may also offer to assist with getting around. To enquire about transport assistance, contact Pilgrim Enquiries.
When to visit?
All year round! While Avatar’s Abode is quiet during the week, volunteers are at work on the property, most days. On Sunday mornings Arti (prayers) is held in Baba’s House at 9am and a community coffee morning follows at the Kitchen 10-11:30am. This is an informal gathering where tea and brewed coffee are available for a gold coin donation. All are welcome.
Other gatherings are held most weeks and events are held throughout the year. A special time to come is for the June Anniversary, celebrating Meher Baba’s visit to the property in 1958. A Spring Sahavas is also held each year.
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