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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 Hostel, 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 and grounds have been utilised by groups undertaking 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.

Each year we host a full programme of events including a spiritual retreat programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies, an Archives Library and Collections Study Day in October, and a few other surprises!

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

Thursday, 29th October 2020

Rock of Remembrance

At the conclusion of Mass on Sunday 25th October, we were pleased to bless the newly installed ‘Rock of Remembrance’ – an interactive memorial in honour of those who experienced any form of neglect or abuse at New Norcia.

Situated next to the Abbey Church, the memorial serves as a permanent acknowledgement and apology, in the hope that it will contribute to a sense of healing and reconciliation.

The text reads:

“God, you are the rock where I take refuge; my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.” Psalm 17 (18):2

This ‘Rock of Remembrance’ is a memorial to people who have experienced neglect and abuse.

Unearthed from this ancient land, it represents the steadfast love of God who created all things and holds them in being. Laid out in the form of a cross, symbolising the cross of Christ, it represents the hope of new life beyond pain and suffering.

The Benedictine Community of New Norcia has installed this memorial in acknowledgement of and sincere apology for the physical, emotional and sexual abuse suffered in this place.

You are invited to spend a moment in silent thought and prayer, and to take a pebble adding it to the memorial as an expression of your support for these people, that God will grant them peace of mind and heart.

The blessing coincided with the Catholic Religious of Australia (CRA) annual ‘National Day of Sorrow and Promise’, and the annual reunion of the New Norcia Aboriginal Corporation.

The Benedictine Community of New Norcia continues to work tirelessly to do everything it possibly can to ensure a safe environment for all those who engage with the site.

Rock selected from stockpile unearthed during bypass construction
Rock selected from stockpile unearthed during bypass construction

Rock moved into place
Rock moved into place
The grounds & maintenance team planting olive trees
The grounds & maintenance team planting olive trees

Job done!
Job done!

Blessing at the conclusion of Mass on CRA National Day of Sorrow and Promise
Blessing at the conclusion of Mass on CRA National Day of Sorrow and Promise