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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

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Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056
E: museum@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

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T: +61 8 9654 8018
E: groups@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

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E: communications@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

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 Hotel, 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 have been utilised for camps and groups and this section contains all the information you need if your group is interested in staying in one of the colleges or undertaking one of the 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.

In 2019 we will be hosting a full programme of retreats, a Writers and Arts Festival and the education programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies, plus the Studies Journal Launch in November and a few other surprises!

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

  • Wednesday, 9th October 2019

    New Norcia Studies Journal 26 Launch

    The 2019 Studies Launch will be held at the Palms Community Centre on the corner of Rokeby and Nicholson Roads in Subiaco at 6pm on Thursday, 7th November.

    Find out more

  • Wednesday, 18th September 2019

    Fr Anthony Lovis osb Homily and Eulogy

    REQUIEM HOMILY The imagery we find in the first reading from the prophet Isaiah (35:3-10) is rather fitting as we ponder the reality of death – in this instance a monastic death. The transformation of the desert from an arid, life-threatening place to a fertile, life-supporting place is a common biblical image of salvation, and we could say it encapsulates the essence of the monk’s journey towards God – a journey of transformation. While on the one hand the desert is perceived as a place of dryness, temptation and fear, it can also be experienced as a place silence and solitude; a place where we can hear the gentle voice of God speaking to us in the wilderness of our hearts. More...

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  • The Chimes Magazine - August Edition
    Friday, 16th August 2019

    The Chimes Magazine - August Edition

    Greetings from New Norcia....the winter rains have finally arrived and nature has covered herself once again! The area is looking gloriously lush and green with the wildflowers just beginning to pop up. It is a wonderful time to visit. The latest edition of The Chimes is out and focuses on the visit to Rome by Abbot John and two staff members, it looked like they had an informative and amazing time, the pictures alone are a testament to this.

    Find out more The Chimes Magazine

  • The Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholarship for 2020
    Wednesday, 17th July 2019

    The Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholarship for 2020

    The Abbot, the Community and the Archives Committee are delighted to announce that applications are being invited for the Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholarship, commencing next February.

    Find out more Expressions of Interest - APSMS 2019

  • The Chimes Magazine - June 2019
    Friday, 14th June 2019

    The Chimes Magazine - June 2019

    Finally we have had some rain, the fields and the town itself have been transformed from dry, dusty and brown to the green hues of new life peeping through. Winter has come.....and we are thankful! As ever our little town has had an eventful month or two as the latest addition of The Chimes will attest to. We have a couple of great events coming up in August. The Benedictine Institute Day on August 3rd, and also the Writers’ Festival on the 24th August. Tickets are selling well for both, so if you would like a ticket hop onto our web shop soon and purchase tickets! As ever we hope you enjoy the latest news from New Norcia.

    Find out more Download The Chimes Magazine

  • Thursday, 6th June 2019

    Benedictine Institute Day - 3rd August 2019

    The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies is delighted to invite you to the ‘Annual Institute Day’ for 2019. Our theme for this year is ‘Benedictine Spiritual and The Search for God. ’

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  • Friday, 17th May 2019

    New Norcia Writer's Festival 2019 -24th August 2019

    Tickets are now available for the 2019 Writer's Festival tickets. Join Amanda Curtin as she talks about her latest book on a revered WA artist, Kathleen O’Connor of Paris; Dr Michael Levitt on health and happiness with The Happy Bowel; Steve Hawke on his powerful Out of Time; Jon Doust on the timely reissue of his compelling memoir Boy on a Wire; poet Annamaria Weldon on her sparkling new collection Stone Mother Tongue; and Bindy Pritchard on her debut short story collection Fabulous Lives..... more

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  • Thursday, 18th April 2019

    Volunteers Needed for Olive Tree Sucker Bashing!

    Would you like to work in our ancient olive grove for a day and help our monks? We have two dates available. 11th May or the 16th May. From 9.30am until 4pm with lunch provided. We also need some help during our picking season too which runs from 27th May until 8th June.

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  • Thursday, 18th April 2019

    The 2019 Friends Magazine is out NOW!

    The 2019 Friends Magazine - Issue 39 has been completed and is available for download. Twenty three pages of up to the minute news from New Norcia. Click on "Find out More" to access it.

    Find out more The Friends Magazine 2019

  • New Norcia Easter Service Times and Trading Hours 2019
    Friday, 29th March 2019

    New Norcia Easter Service Times and Trading Hours 2019

    All the information regarding Church Services and Trading Hours within New Norcia this Easter. The New Norcia Bakery has Hot Cross Buns for sale from the 8th April. Order at the Roadhouse (96548020) or the Museum (96548056). For more information see Events - 8th April on the homepage

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