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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 Hotel, 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 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".

Wednesday, 9th October 2019

New Norcia Studies Journal 26 Launch

New Norcia Studies Journal 26 Launch

The 2019 Studies Launch will be held at the Palms Community Centre on the corner of Rokeby and Nicholson Roads in Subiaco at 6pm on Thursday, 7th November. As in years past, the City of Subiaco are very generously hosting this event so, if you would like to attend, please RSVP Diane Scott at the City of Subiaco, or ring her on 9237 9219 before Monday November 4th. Subiaco always do a fantastic job so you can be assured that the catering, the wine and the music will be excellent and, even better, it's free!

In view of New Norcia's decision earlier this year to bring Archives, Libraries and Collections into the one department, we thought it would be most appropriate to invite Associate Professor Kerry Smith, former head of Information Studies at Curtin University (now retired), to do the honours and to share her thoughts on the challenges involved in managing three separate, yet in many ways similar, disciplines. Kerry will also be launching the first in what we hope will be a series of books entitled Early New Norcia. This first volume - The 1867 photographs of W W Thwaites - has been written by Emeritus Professor Bob Reece, formerly of Murdoch University.

Our Guest Speaker, Dr Kerry Smith, B.App.Sc. (ILS), MA, PhD, retired as an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Information Studies at Curtin University, Western Australia in 2013. Before joining Curtin in 1991, she worked as a special and one-person librarian in the geosciences and this encouraged her research and interest in geoscience information. Kerry was made a Fellow of the State Library of Western Australia in 2014 and, in 2016, was awarded the AM (Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) ‘for significant service to library and information sectors as an academic and researcher and to professional organisations’.

Kerry was elected as a Councillor for the newly formed Town of Cambridge in 1995, was its Deputy Mayor 1997-98, and re-elected as a Councillor from 1999-2003. After leaving local government and to celebrate her love of WA’s native flora, she became involved in the Wildflower Society of Western Australia, was elected its President from 2007-2009, is its Honorary Librarian, and became its Honorary General Secretary from 2012. She was also involved at a committee level with the Royal WA Historical Society from 2013-2018.