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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

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

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

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T: +61 8 9654 8018
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 couple and families, its scenic deck and heritage veranda a perfect place to while away 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 and 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".

  • Thursday, 14th February 2019

    The Life and Music of Dom Rosendo Salvado - Law Society Perth

    The Law Society of WA is hosting a concert featuring Fr Robert Nixon osb at he Old Courthouse in Perth on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 5.00pm – 7.00pm. The New Norcia mission was founded in March 1846. By late April, the community had exhausted their provisions and was at risk of starvation.The colourful Spanish missionary Dom Rosendo Salvado and an Aboriginal companion walked 130 kilometres from the Victoria Plains to Perth to speak to Bishop Brady about their desperate situation. It was decided that a piano recital would be held at the Old Court House to raise money and on the evening of 1 May 1846, Salvado gave a three hour Bellini piano recital to a packed audience.

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  • Wednesday, 13th February 2019

    Mandorla Art Award 2020 theme announced

    At the opening of the National Liturgy Conference at Notre Dame University, Perth’s Anglican Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy proclaimed the 2020 theme.

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  • Tuesday, 22nd January 2019

    Employment opportunities at The New Norcia Hotel

    At present we have two openings at the New Norcia Hotel.

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  • Monday, 21st January 2019

    New Norcia Hotel Kitchen is Open !

    The New Norcia Kitchen has been renovated and is open for business again !

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  • Video Montage of National Day of Sorrow and Promise
    Tuesday, 4th December 2018

    Video Montage of National Day of Sorrow and Promise

    In a collective response from Catholic religious orders across the country, religious women and men held a National Day of Sorrow and Promise on the first Sunday of Advent and the start of a new Church year. Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) says the initiative reflects a new way of being Church in Australia. The day acknowledged survivors of abuse within the Catholic Church and all those who have been hurt by that abuse. Underpinning this, is a clear promise for a better, safer future.

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  • Friday, 23rd November 2018

    The Chimes Magazine - November 2018 Edition

    I have been going to a few markets recently with the New Norcia Bakery products and it has been very enjoyable. Apart from selling out, which is fabulous as I don’t have to heave all the heavy boxes back in the rather decrepit New Norcia van, it is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and tell them all about New Norcia. Many seem unaware that the Benedictine monks have taken the bakery back and now all the products are baked in the original 140 year old wood fired oven – it certainly does impart a delicious taste – Unique. I am happy to let you all know that the Nutcake, Biscotti and Pan Chocolatti are now available at a few Perth outlets again, namely: the Black Truffle in North Fremantle, Fresh Provisions in Mt Lawley and Bicton and My Health Food Store in Booragoon so if you would like to give someone a delectable treat pop down and get some!

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  • 25th New Norcia Studies Journal Launch in Subiaco
    Monday, 12th November 2018

    25th New Norcia Studies Journal Launch in Subiaco

    The 25th edition of New Norcia Studies was launched at the Palms Community Centre in Subiaco on Thursday, 8th November.

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  • Wednesday, 24th October 2018

    New Norcia Olive Oil awarded Silver Medal

    New Norcia's Benedictine Community is delighted to announce, that following its success at the Royal Perth Show, New Norcia Olive Oil has been awarded a silver medal at the Australian International Olive Awards.

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  • Monday, 15th October 2018

    Employment opportunities at New Norcia

    We have an opening for a Hotel Manager to join the New Norcia Team.

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  • The Chimes Magazine - September 2018
    Friday, 7th September 2018

    The Chimes Magazine - September 2018

    Here is September edition of The Chimes Magazine. New Norcia is looking fabulous at the moment, the Canola is in full flower and we have abundant wildflowers to see as well, it is well worth a visit at this time of year!

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