Visiting & Booking

A Centre for Buddhist Study, Meditation & Retreat

Visiting and Booking

Chenrezig Institute is located in Eudlo, a small hinterland town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.In the 2016 census, Eudlo had a population of 1117 people. The name of Eudlo originated from the local Aboriginal term for the fresh water eel (Anguilla reinhardtii). More info about Eudlo can be found here.

You are welcome to visit Chenrezig Institute. Please be aware that you need to book for certain services in advance.
If you would like to find out more information about the facilities first, please explore the Services and Facilities Menu option.

We look forward to seeing you soon, and hope that your stay at the centre is peaceful and beneficial. Below are details to assist in your visit.

When are we open?

We are open to the public from Thursday to Sunday when we welcome visitors to our property. We request that Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday’s are community days across the property. If you are visiting the property for the first time we recommend that you visit Thursday to Sunday and stop in at our reception space to orient yourself and speak with one of the friendly team.

Dharma Shop and Reception Opening hours:
* Thursday and Friday 10 am to 2 pm
* Saturday and Sunday  8:30 am to 3 pm
Please note that from time to time our opening hours will change to meet the needs of the centre’s program, particularly in relation to retreats and special events. Contact reception on (07) 5453 2108.C

Can we visit as a school or a group?

Schools or Groups – We suggest that groups organise a visit by contacting our Program Coordinator [email protected]
This allows us to welcome you and best meet your needs ensuring a successful visit from both sides. It is important to recognise that the community is often engaged in study and practice. Groups that arrive unannounced may not have access to the main temple or to institute staff or monastics.
It may also be possible to organise a monastic to provide a talk specifically to your group, depending on their other commitments. As monastics are not paid and rely on the kindness of generosity we recommend a suggested donation of $108 plus their travel expenses. If you only want to book for a lunch group do so online or via reception.

Accessibility

Elderly, Sick or Disabled Visitors –  Please note that the Institute is set in steep hills with many stairs and narrow tracks. Some areas might be difficult to access for less mobile people. Unfortunately, we do not currently have disabled bathroom facilities on site. If you are considering visiting we recommend you contact us to discuss what help may be available. Visitors with disabilities or who have difficulties walking up the main steps can drive to the drop-off / temporary parking zone close to the reception by following the road on the left of the main steps. This is labeled as ‘authorised vehicles only’.

How to get here

Train:
The nearest train station to Chenrezig Institute is at Eudlo, approx. 8km away. Eudlo is served by the Sunshine Coast line, from Brisbane via Caboolture. Eudlo station has a top up automated machine for your Go Card and there are basic toilet facilities in the nearby park.

Train timetables can be viewed at the Translink website or call them on 13 12 30 for information.

The only available transport from Eudlo up to Chenrezig Institute is by taxi (approximately $15 / $20) – unfortunately, we cannot offer any pick-up services. Eudlo is small, it doesn’t have a taxi rank. To avoid possible long waits, we advise you to pre-book your taxi as soon as you know the arrival time of your train, on 131008, it does have a small general store, post office, and a cafe.

Plane:
The closest airport is at Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast Airport), which is a 35min drive away. There is no direct public transport connection to Eudlo, only by Taxi approx. $60 – $125. Check here for an Uber estimate.
Alternately, there is a public bus service from the airport to Maroochydore. Then arrange Uber or Taxi options etc.

Brisbane Airport is about 22 minutes from Brisbane city and has a direct connection to the Sunshine Coast train line via the Airtrain line, changing lines at Eagle Junction station. The train journey from the airport (domestic and international) to Eudlo takes between 1.5 – 2.5 hours depending on the connection and costs between $18 – $25. The trip by car takes approx. 2hrs or more depending on traffic.

Traveling By Car :

As we are in a relatively secluded spot we have attempted to give the best possible directions so bear with us and drive safely!

When using a GPS or navigation app like Google/Apple maps we recommend you enter “Chenrezig Institute” rather than our street address. Navigation systems often show the route through Mooloolah and via Neil Road/Brooks Road, but we do not recommend this route as it is a gravel road that is, in parts, narrow and windy.

* Make your way to Eudlo township by any of the following routes:

via Chevallum/Palmwoods coming from Bruce Highway Exit 200 coming north or from the south – Chevallum/Mons Road

via Ilkley Road coming from Sippy Downs

via Eudlo-Mooloolah Road coming from Landsborough/Mooloolah

* When you reach the township of Eudlo, turn onto Highlands Road entrance between the tennis court and Public School. There should be a blue Chenrezig Institute road sign.
* Travel along Highlands Road for 4 km then at the end of the sealed road turn left onto Rambert Road. There should be a blue Chenrezig Institute road sign.
* After approx. 2 km, pass under the high voltage power line and keep going straight to Chenrezig Institute following the wooden sign on your right.
* After a short drive you will pass a decorative Tibetan entrance gate with two Snow Lions, follow the road further up the hill until you reach the first of two car parks at the end. The main stairs in the middle section of the two car parks lead up to the main complex area.
* Disabled access: people with disabilities or difficulties walking up the long main stairs can drive to the drop-off / temporary parking zone close to Reception by following the path on the left of the main stairs that is labeled ‘authorised vehicles only’.
Please note that Rambert Road does NOT connect to Maleny-Montville Rd, as indicated in some maps.