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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

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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".

Tuesday, 20th March 2018

New Norcia Studies Day – Saturday, 26th May 2018

New Norcia Studies Day – Saturday, 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.

This year is an important Studies Day as it’s the 25th such event so we have decided to celebrate with something a little special.

Firstly, our presenters for The Bigger Picture (the title of this year’s event) are Professor Ted Snell from UWA who will start the proceedings with a talk about the Contemporary Religious Art Collection.Then we have a fascinating paper from Dr John Reynolds of the Southern Irish police force – The Garda –who will be telling us about the curious link between New Norcia and Southern Ireland’s battle for independence in the 1920s.After lunch, Andrew Walton will tell us all about the “Maps Project” – the subject of his research as one of this year’s Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial scholars.Finally, Professor Bob Reece will share the results of his research into Bishop Salvado’s brother, Santos, and his contribution to photography, as well as some insights into his life while he was at New Norcia.

(Note: John Reynolds advises that he is unable to attend the day, but Odhran OBrien, Archivist for the Perth Catholic Diocesan Archives has very kindly offered to read Dr Reynolds paper on his behalf)

However, this year, after lunch and before the afternoon sessions begin - a little later than usual at 2pm - Fr Robert Nixon has arranged for a special musical extravaganza in the Abbey Church.Grace Feltoe (soprano), Andrew Brown (organ) and Fr Robert Nixon (piano), will present a post-prandial recital. Amongst other items, the programme will include compositions by Salvado, Moreno and other monks of the community. The recital will be an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful ambience of the Abbey Church, as well as to hear the unique sounds of the historic Moser organ.

The cost for the day is $65 (full) and $50 (concession – seniors and students) which includes morning and afternoon teas, a buffet lunch and beverages.Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. Booking can be done via the webshop the link takes you to the webshop page where there are two separate entries one for Full rate and one for Concessionary rate.

This special 25th Anniversary Studies Day is sure to be very popular and, as those of you who have attended before will know, seating is limited in St Joseph’s Hall, so book early to avoid disappointment (as they say)!

See you there!