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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".

Monday, 28th May 2018

2018 New Norcia Writers' Festival

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.

The set price of $80 includes four sessions, morning and afternoon teas, wine tasting and an open mic event (buffet or picnic lunch options are available for an extra charge). There will be ample opportunities to explore the community’s museum and art gallery and other places of interest.

For the first time, ticketholders will also be able to “curate” their own programme by choosing four out of eight possible sessions on the day. “As most of the venues have limited capacities, allowing concurrent sessions effectively double our potential audience,” festival director William Yeoman said. “This means greater choice and a real festival buzz.” Yeoman, who is also director of Perth Festival Writers' Week, said he was especially excited to be able to feature operatic soprano Katja Webb in performance with pianist Chris Milbourn. “Katja and Chris performed American composer Aaron Copland’s 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson at this year’s Perth Festival Writers Week to great acclaim,” he said. “I’m grateful to them for agreeing to perform this beautiful song cycle ‘again for us at New Norcia.”

Below are short synopses of each session.
On Sentences and Sutures - What is the relationship between health and creativity? How does storytelling tread the fine line between truth and fiction? Can a busy emergency doctor really find the time to write novels? Dr Michelle Johnston talks about her powerful debut novel, Dustfall The Coves of San Francisco - WA crime fiction writer David Whish-Wilson is known for his acclaimed series of Frank Swann detective novels set in Perth and Fremantle. He talks about his latest novel Sydney Coves Pride, Prejudice and Perth The Art of Persuasion. Families and Other Calamities - How does love die? What effect does a disintegrating marriage have on children and their future lives? Award-winning WA author Laurie Steed talks about writing and relationships, growing up in the Wheatbelt and the journey from short-story writer to novelist, as he discusses his moving debut novel, You Belong Here Country Matters - Anthea Hodgson might live in Perth now. But she’s never forgotten her farming roots. In this lively conversation, Anthea talks about changing careers, balancing family and writing and drawing on her rural upbringing for her two novels, The Drifter and The Cowgirl Poems for New Norcia The Art of Colour - Jeremy Kirwan-Ward is one of WA’s most significant multi-disciplinary artists. In this rare live interview, he discusses his life and art, including his teaching, as well as the stunning new monograph, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward: You Can See It From Here Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - In 1950 the American composer Aaron Copland set 12 of Emily Dickinson’s beautiful, enigmatic poems for soprano and piano. In this encore performance direct from Perth Festival Writers’ Week, acclaimed operatic soprano Katja Webb and pianist Chris Milbourn perform the complete cycle, followed by a discussion about the relationship between poetry and music. For bookings go to the webshop or contact Lucy at