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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 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 town tours leave.

Stay at New Norcia

There are so many different options for accommodation at New Norcia.

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 can be accommodated in the Old Convent or the historic boarding school colleges. Smaller groups are also able to book the Hostel, with its comfortable rooms, neo-classical architecture, scenic deck and heritage veranda, as well as St Ildephonsus' Cottage.

Please click on the areas on the right 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, dinners at the New Norcia Hostel and a few other surprises!

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

Thursday, 31st March 2022

2022 Mandorla Art Finalists Announced

2022 Mandorla Art Finalists Announced

Finalists for the 2022 Mandorla Art Award have now been announced, following a rigorous selection process. The Selection Panel, consisting of ECU Honorary Professor Ted Snell, Curtin University Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of Graduate Research in the Faculty of Humanities Susanna Castleden, and Notre Dame University Theologian Glenn Morrison, spent many hours deliberating over almost 300 entries, selecting 42.

Curator Lyn DiCiero says the selection is diverse and fascinating. “From unusual uranium glass which glows under a black light to a delicate print on wood, accomplished video works and beautifully resolved artworks, the 2022 Mandorla Art Award will be an exhibition not to be missed.”

Mandorla Chairperson Angela McCarthy says the 2022 Mandorla Art Award has a truly exceptional array of Finalists for the theme of Metamorphosis. "The exhibition at Holmes à Court Gallery in May will be a beautiful and challenging exposition of our theme and the quote from Isaiah 43:19: "I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?"

The 2022 Mandorla Art Award is on show at Holmes à Court Gallery, West Perth from 21 May - 10 June and includes the $25,000 major acquisitive St John of Health Care Prize.


Giles Alexander (NSW
Jordan Andreotta (WA)
Claire Beausein (WA)
Katherine Boland (NSW)
Barbara Campbell-Allen (NSW)
Olga Cironis (WA)
Madeleine Clear (WA)
Rachel Coad (WA)
Eva Fernandez (WA)
Tania Ferrier (WA)
Robert Gear (WA)
Anna Glynn (NSW)
Nigel Hewitt (WA)
Kirsten Hudson (WA)
Miriam Innes (Qld)
Michael Iwanoff (WA)
Tanya Jaceglav (WA)
Rupert Jack (SA)
Col Jordan (NSW)
Jeremy Kirwan-Ward (NSW)
David Ledger (WA)
Sue Leeming (WA)
Katheryn Leopoldseder (Vic)
Anne McCaughey (WA)
Lia McKnight (WA)
Clyde McGill (WA)
Ron Nyisztor (WA)
Nick Offer (ACT)
Sonia Payes (Vic)
Matthew McVeigh & Denise Pepper (WA)
Martine Perret (WA)
Tania Price (Tas)
Jordan Richardson (NSW)
Brian Robinson (Qld)
Susan Roux (WA)
Jill Smith (WA)
Angela Stewart (WA)
Sally Stoneman (WA)
Paul Uhlmann (WA)
Shaun Wake-Mazey (WA)
Kirilee West (Qld)
Kim Woochang (NSW)

Lyn DiCiero

Image pictured: When the butterfly takes wing, nothing of the caterpillar remains, pigment on timber by Mandorla 2022 Finalist Katherine Boland (NSW).