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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".

  • Monday, 29th March 2021

    Easter Trading Hours

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  • The Chimes Magazine - March 2021
    Wednesday, 17th March 2021

    The Chimes Magazine - March 2021

    Welcome to the March 2021 edition of the New Norcia Chimes. Here you will read about Dom Daniel Meer's Solemn Profession, our Easter Timetable and exciting events being held at the New Norcia Hostel.

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  • A New Safeguarding Officer Appointed at New Norcia
    Thursday, 11th March 2021

    A New Safeguarding Officer Appointed at New Norcia

    In late 2020, Tracy Sievewright completed the Archdiocese of Perth's Safeguarding Program and has now been appointed a Safeguarding Officer at New Norcia, along with Melissa Victoriano. Both are part of the Holy Trinity Parish at New Norcia and are staff members at the Museum and Art Gallery.

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  • A Prayerful and Profound Start for the NNIBS Retreat Programme for 2021
    Tuesday, 2nd March 2021

    A Prayerful and Profound Start for the NNIBS Retreat Programme for 2021

    On the weekend of February 26-28, New Norcia hosted its first retreat for the year. Led by Fr. David Barry, the weekend offered an intensive opportunity to re-focus and renew the spiritual life of seeking for God, through the traditional Lenten disciplines of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. These themes were addressed particularly from a Benedictine perspective. The retreat was well supported, with about a dozen participants, many of whom remarked that it was an extremely enriching and prayerful experience.

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  • Tuesday, 2nd March 2021

    The Second Abbot’s Table Dinner, held at the New Norcia Hostel

    The second Abbot’s Table dinner was held at the New Norcia Hostel on Saturday 20th February 2021. The 48 guests enjoyed French food hand crafted by Abbot John and classical French music played by Fr Robert. The atmosphere was set with candlelight and flowers on the table. Click here to see the menu created for the night...

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  • Tuesday, 23rd February 2021

    The Mandorla Art Award 2021

    The Mandorla Art Award 2021, Australia's most significant thematic Christian art prize. ALL ARTWORKS FOR SALE

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  • Easter at New Norcia 2021
    Thursday, 4th February 2021

    Easter at New Norcia 2021

    We are now taking bookings for those wanting to spend the Easter weekend at New Norcia. To register, please contact Bernadette at the Guesthouse on or on 9654 8002. Easter Services are...

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  • COVID-19 Perth Snap-Lockdown Alert Notice
    Monday, 1st February 2021

    COVID-19 Perth Snap-Lockdown Alert Notice

    New Norcia is not in the South West, Perth or Peel jurisdictions. So for the moment, until we receive further instructions from the Government, it is business as usual for New Norcia. We have, however, cancelled daily tours – both as an extra safety precaution, and in response to the travel restrictions currently impacting the Perth, Peel and South West regions. This news alert will be updated should additional information become available.

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  • Tuesday, 15th December 2020

    Christmas Blessings from New Norcia

    The monastic community and everyone at New Norcia, wish you a very happy and holy Christmas, and abundant blessings in 2021... more

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  • The Chimes Magazine - December 2020
    Thursday, 26th November 2020

    The Chimes Magazine - December 2020

    Welcome to the December edition of the New Norcia Chimes. Within the pages you will find information about the Rock of Remembrance, a newly installed memorial at New Norcia; photos and an article about the recent Abbot's Dinner held at the New Norcia Hostel; and New Norcia's Christmas timetable which we welcome you all to join us for.

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