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New Norcia Benedictine Community
Great Northern Highway
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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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 2017 we will be hosting the Studies Day, Library Lecture, a full programme of retreats, a Writers and Arts Festival and the education programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies. The New Norcia Hotel is planning all manner of special nights, starting with a regular ribs and steak night and bands throughout the year... and our Museum and Art Gallery has started work on a array of different tours which will be revealed later in the year!

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

  • Monday, 28th May 2018

    2018 New Norcia Writers' Festival

    Now in its fourth year, the New Norcia Writers Festival offers a varied mix of writers, artists and performers in sessions which take advantage of the unique Wheatbelt monastery town’s rich history and beautiful architecture. This year’s guests include authors Anthea Hodgson, David Whish-Wilson, Susan Midalia, Michelle Johnston and Laurie Steed; poet Rose van Son; artist Jeremy Kirwan-Ward; and soprano Katja Webb and pianist Chris Milbourn.

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  • Monday, 21st May 2018

    New Norcia Studies Day 26th May 2018

    N.B. Studies Day programme change. Bob Reece’s paper on the Santos Salvado years at New Norcia will now be a published paper in this year’s New Norcia Studies Journal, No 25, which will be launched at Subiaco in November. Instead, on Saturday, Judy McGuinness will be presenting Larrie Strautmanis’ paper on Benedict Cuper and Helen Pangieran, New Norcia’s famous Aboriginal telegraphist.

    Find out more

  • Monday, 7th May 2018

    Latest news from ESA at New Norcia

    NASA’s latest mission to Mars begins on May 5. ESA deep space ground stations in Australia and South America will track the InSight spacecraft on NASA’s behalf as it begins its cruise to the Red Planet.

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  • Tuesday, 1st May 2018

    The Chimes Magazine - May 2018

    For all the latest news from New Norcia download The Chimes Magazine below, lots has been happening, read about the upgrade ground floor museum exhibition, some exciting news from Alice Springs, experiences of Easter at New Norcia and much more besides. The Roadhouse has a new range of cakes and have added to their lunch menu and the Hotel is starting a new Shank and Shiraz night on Sundays; get a delicious warming slow braised lamb shank stew with creamy mash and veg for only $20.95, add a glass of wine from the New Norcia Abbey range for only $3.00 - book me in !

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  • Tuesday, 20th March 2018

    New Norcia Studies Day – Saturday, 26th May 2018

    25th ANNIVERSARY “THE BIGGER PICTURE” N.B. Studies Day programme change. Bob Reece’s paper on the Santos Salvado years at New Norcia will now be a published paper in this year’s New Norcia Studies Journal, No 25, which will be launched at Subiaco in November. Instead, on Saturday, Judy McGuinness will be presenting Larrie Strautmanis’ paper on Benedict Cuper and Helen Pangieran, New Norcia’s famous Aboriginal telegraphist.

    Find out more