Crystal Waters Permaculture Village

Last updated: January 13, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Crystal Waters Permaculture Village

(Conondale, Queensland, Australia)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1985
  • Start Living Together: 1988
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: +61-(0)7-5494-4620
  • Address:
    1 Crystal Waters
    65 Kilcoy Ln
    Conondale, Queensland, 4552
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Essential to Write or ring. Don’t bring a dog, or cat please. Visitors are requested to make prior arrangements before visiting.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Permaculture, Educational Tourism, Ecovillage

Community Description:

Crystal Waters has been designed from inception according to the principles of permaculture by Max Lindegger, Robert Tap, Barry Goodman, and Geoff Young. It is a wildlife sanctuary where dogs and cats are banned and people really do try to live in harmony with nature. Eighty percent of the 640 acres are owned in common, and these are a mix of terrains: the clear waters of the Mary River, serene lakes, open grasslands, timbered hills and gullies, and, increasingly, pockets of rain-forest trees planted as part of the community’s passion for reforestation.
The idea was that people should be able to operate from home, and many businesses operate from here, e.g., foresters, mail-order businesses (books, organic gardening supplies), carpenters, builders, an electrician, permaculture course providers and consultants, nurseries, caterers, craftspeople, architects, entertainers, a baker, bed-and-breakfast and homestay accommodations, furniture manufacturers, and ecovillage designer.
Crystal Waters won an award in the 1996 World Habitat Awards and was a finalist in the 1998 Best Practices Awards. Many innovative ideas in building, wastewater, water, agriculture, and nature conservation are evident. The model has proved attractive to the relatively mainstream as well as an alternative market. Crystal Waters is the home of the Award winning Eco Center. About 240 live now in the village.


  • Adult Members: 250
  • Child Members: 80
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: mixed

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Body Corporate Committee and Coop Directors

    as per Community Titles Act

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 640 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current Number of Residences: 83
  • Additional Comments: mix of private and common ownership

Labor and Money

    • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
    • Required Labor Contribution: 0



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Additional comments: seasonal

    smoking not permitted within buildings


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Fair Housing Laws

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge