Last updated: September 17, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: February 14, 2009


(Maryvale, Queensland, Australia)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1975
  • Start Living Together: 1975
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Tim Roselli
  • Phone: 61746661013
  • Address:
    739 North Branch Rd
    North Branch
    Maryvale, Queensland, 4370
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    email the contact listed on the website ( to make arrangements

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Only where a share comes up for sale

Mission Statement:

Land sharing

Community Description:

Mandala is located in the area administered by the Southern Downs Regional Council. It is about 140 km south west of Brisbane and 40 km north east of Warwick, Queensland Australia.

Our 112 hectares occupy part of a valley in the western foothills of the Main Range within easy access to Main Range National Park including some of the finest scenery and best bushwalking in Australia. Lying at an altitude between 530 and 713 metres, Mandala enjoys milder, less humid summers than coastal Queensland and colder winters with frequent frosts.

The country is mostly dry sclerophyll forest merging into wet sclerophyll in the riparian areas adjoining nearly three kilometres of double creek frontage. This creek can become a torrent during wet periods, but dries to a series of water holes in drier times, particularly during winter.

Fifteen shareholder homesites occupy fifteen hectares. The remaining 97 hectares of common land, including the entire riparian area are mostly given over to conservation, however about 20 hectares are set aside for human purposes including grazing areas and our community centre.

Our community centre includes a meeting room, workshop, a shelter shed and camping ground with a BBQ and water supply and accommodation for our tractor and other shared equipment. A permanent pool in the creek supplies our farm-wide water system, which reticulates at high pressure to all homesites. Pedestrian swing bridges provide access to several homesite during the infrequent occasions when the creek is in flood.

Since Mandala Pty Ltd was formed in 1975; it has remained democratically run organization working to benefit the lives of its members.
It is less socially structured and ideologically prescriptive than most Intentional Communities, less elaborately planned but much cheaper to join than the typical eco village.

Mandala was one of a large number of land sharing, multiple occupancy ventures started in Australia during that era when many were dubbed ‘hippy communes’.
Most collapsed within a few years, but Mandala survived its initial period of chaos resulting from inter-personal conflict and poor organisation. After many reforms started in the 1980’s, the company and community are now thriving.


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 5
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.)
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The Management committee makes the decisions and is open to all shareholders

    Although we do strive for consensus

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 276.8 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 13
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar
  • Additional Comments: The land is owned by Mandala Pty Ltd

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: No


  • Additional Comments: As long as it has no impact on Mandala Pty Ltd

    Members contribute labour voluntarily, some members receive an honourarium for specific tasks

    They need to purchase a share from a member that wants to sell

    Quarterly levy to cover rates, etc.



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%


  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • 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 often.


  • Additional comments: there are some vegetarians

    mixture of drinkers and non-drinkers

    mixture of smokers and non-smokers


Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Own Site
  • Shared common building: Yes (10000 square feet)

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


Mandala, Maryvale, intentional community, eco village, eco-village, communities, commune, land shari

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