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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

Getting There

Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

T: +61 8 9654 8018

Media & Communications

T: +61 8 9654 8018

Visit New Norcia

People visit New Norcia for many reasons; for spiritual retreat, to join a tour and see inside the magnificent buildings or sometimes just to walk around the town and enjoy the peace and beautiful scenery.

In this section you will find all the information you need for your visit to New Norcia. Details of places to eat and places to stay, details of the town tours and information about some of our favourite things to do in Australia’s only monastic town.

We recommend your first port of call is the Museum & Art Gallery to speak to one of the staff about all the attractions and experiences New Norcia has to offer. The Museum & Art Gallery is also a Visitor Information Centre and is the point from which the town tours leave.

Stay at New Norcia

There are so many different options for accommodation at New Norcia.

The Hostel, with its comfortable simple rooms, home cooked meals and neo-classical architecture is a perfect place for couples and families. With its scenic deck and heritage veranda it is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset with a New Norcia Abbey Ale or a wine from the Abbey range. The Guesthouse is perfect for a quiet, retreat like experience - a world away from the rigours of modern life. You can join a Benedictine retreat here or be housed in the Hermitage for a silent retreat. Groups of 15 -100 can be accommodated in the Old Convent or the historic boarding school colleges.

Please click on the individual areas for more information.

Eat & Drink

Hospitality is a tenet of the Rule of St Benedict, the Rule by which the monks of New Norcia live, so wherever you choose to eat in town, our aim is for you to experience warm monastic hospitality.

Education & Research

From the earliest days of its foundation New Norcia has been focussed on education. The first Abbot, of New Norcia (Rosendo Salvado) established the Aboriginal girls and boys schools and the second Abbot of New Norcia, Fulgentius Torres built and opened the European girls and boys schools, which closed in 1991.

Since the closing of the schools, New Norcia's school buildings and grounds have been utilised by groups undertaking education programmes.

However, New Norcia also has a tradition of research and academia, with its impressive archival records and library collection, and scholars and researchers alike have delighted over the years in the information available in the town's records.

This section also provides information on the archives and library and provides link to forms which will give you access to the records of New Norcia.

Protecting a Unique Heritage

New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town and has a unique heritage. Founded in 1847 by Spanish Benedictine Monks, the town has had many purposes; a mission, a monastery, a provider of education and now as a place of spiritual retreat.

Delve into the town's unique history, discover the ongoing and completed work necessary for the upkeep and restoration of this special part of Australia.

But it is not only the majestic buildings set amongst the Australian bush that sets New Norcia apart; its history is also encapsulated in the archival records of New Norcia and in the library and museum collections.

In this section we also have information about how you can donate to New Norcia to help the Community restore and maintain this treasure.

What's Happening at New Norcia

We hold a diverse array of events throughout the year at New Norcia.

Each year we host a full programme of events including a spiritual retreat programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies, an Archives Library and Collections Study Day in October, and a few other surprises!

Watch this space for all the updated information about "What's on at New Norcia".

Archives, Collections & Libraries: A Closer Look

Date: Friday, 29th October 2021 to Saturday, 30th October 2021
Location: St Gertrude's College, for registration

For more information, or to book, please visit our webshop.

The Library Lecture and Studies Day are back! This year these two popular events are being organised by the Department of Archives, Collections and Libraries as a two-day event under the title ACL: A Closer Look.

The Library component on Friday October 29th will feature papers by Erica Persak (Executive Administrator, Kerry Stokes Collection), Dr David Wells (Manager of Collections, Curtin University Library), Bobbie Bruce (Librarian, Collections and Research Centre, WA Museum), and Lisa Wright (Librarian, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions).

Saturday’s presentations will be given by Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholar Judith McGuinness, photographer and historian Jim Longbottom, former Dominican monk and student of architecture Dr John Challis and New Norcia’s Liturgist Fr Robert Nixon.

In addition, there will be a visit to the Monastery Library and a display in the monastery’s Music Room of the Stokes Collection’s Nuremberg Chronicle accompanied by rare books from the WA Museum and New Norcia Library. In the Museum and Art Gallery, a new exhibition, The cathedrals of New Norcia, will be open together with a showing of Jim Longbottom’s beautiful astrophotography work taken at New Norcia. New Norcia’s latest book The Letters of Santos Salvado 1869-1879, the result of recent Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholarship work, will also be on sale.

On Friday night, there will be a happy hour at the New Norcia Hostel before dinner. Then, to round things off, our old friends of many years from the Studies Launch, Très Classique, will give a concert at 3.00 on Saturday afternoon.

Accommodation in the Hostel, Guesthouse or Old Convent is $100 per room, which includes dinner.

Note: If you are planning on staying overnight, you must book your accommodation separately with the Guesthouse (9654 8002 or It is strongly recommended you make your accommodation booking before paying for the day events in order to avoid disappointment.

Friday: Library Lecture Series
Saturday: Archives & Collections Day
Please click here for the full programme

For more information, please contact Peter Hocking on

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