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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 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".

Thursday, 6th June 2019

Benedictine Institute Day - 3rd August 2019

Benedictine Institute Day - 3rd August 2019

The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies is delighted to invite you to the ‘Annual Institute Day’ for 2019. Our theme for this year is ‘Benedictine Spiritual and The Search for God ’.

We are very happy to introduce two impressive keynote speakers this year. One is Fr. Araliya Jayasundara, osb, a Benedictine monk of the Sylvestrine Congregation, from Sri Lanka. A notable scholar, formator and spiritual leader in the Benedictine world, he is currently Director of the Sylvestrine Benedictine Minor Seminary, Sri Lanka, as well as Vice-Rector of St. Anthony’s College, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Anna M. Silvas, a world-class researcher in Greek, Latin and Syriac patristic. She is a leading authority on the Rule of St. Basil, which strongly influenced and informed the Rule of St. Benedict, and will share on ways in which the ancient Church offers us useful insights into the spiritual issues of our own times.

In the afternoon, there will be an opportunity for discussion, on themes and issues raised in the lectures. This will be followed by a talk and musical recital on the remarkable life and work of Padre Antonio Soler, a Spanish Benedictine monk of the 18th Century, who was an outstanding harpsichord virtuoso in his time, and a highly innovative and original composer.

A splendid lunch and morning and afternoon tea is included within the programme of the day, as well as a pass to our museum and art gallery.

The day commences with registration and morning tea at 10:00am, at St. Gertrude’s College, and will conclude at 3:15pm.

Purchase a ticket by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

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