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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".

  • The Chimes Magazine - July 2020
    Thursday, 9th July 2020

    The Chimes Magazine - July 2020

    Hello from New Norcia and welcome to the latest edition of The Chimes magazine! It has been a quite a few months since our last edition, while our town closed and then re-opened with the COVID Pandemic. So there is plenty to catch up on, including Dom Paul Forster's recent Solemn Profession and Benedictine Institute events coming up. We hope you enjoy reading about our latest news.

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  • Thursday, 4th June 2020

    Phase 4 of Western Australia’s COVID 19 Roadmap

    We still remain in Phase 4 of Western Australia’s COVID 19 Roadmap. This will relate to all areas of town including the New Norcia Abbey Church, the Museum & Art Gallery, Tours and Roadhouse. We continue to follow strict COVID-19 Government Advice across all areas of our town to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. Please find below our COVID-19 Response Plan and the important steps we have been taking.

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  • Thursday, 19th March 2020

    Statement from the Archbishop Costelloe SDB re COVID-19 & Pastoral Letter

    Please find below a statement from the Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB on revised and temporary changes to be implemented within the Archdiocese of Perth in relation to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as a Pastoral Letter. In according with directives from the Archdiocese of Perth, and for the protection of public health, the Benedictine Community of New Norcia advises...

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  • New Norcia's Final Audit Report - CPSL
    Wednesday, 4th March 2020

    New Norcia's Final Audit Report - CPSL

    The Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) has published a Final Audit Report which includes the results of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia's compliance with the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards (NCSS).

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  • Safeguarding Program at New Norcia
    Thursday, 27th February 2020

    Safeguarding Program at New Norcia

    On Wednesday 26th February, New Norcia’s staff and monks took part in a full day safeguarding program, delivered by the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth. The Safeguarding Program is the first of its kind to be established by a Catholic diocese in Australia.

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  • The Chimes Magazine - February 2020
    Friday, 21st February 2020

    The Chimes Magazine - February 2020

    Greetings from New Norcia and welcome to the latest edition of the Chimes Magazine.

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  • New Norcia Hotel Closure
    Tuesday, 14th January 2020

    New Norcia Hotel Closure

    We would like to thank our valued customers for your loyal patronage over the time you have been visiting us and regretfully confirm the closure of the New Norcia Hotel which occurred on Monday 6th January 2020.

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  • The Chimes Magazine - December 2019
    Thursday, 5th December 2019

    The Chimes Magazine - December 2019

    Welcome to our December edition of the Chimes and the last one for 2019!

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  • Abbot Placid Scholar for 2020 announced!
    Thursday, 21st November 2019

    Abbot Placid Scholar for 2020 announced!

    At the Studies Journal launch held in Subiaco on Thursday 7th November, Fr John announced the new Abbot Placid Spearritt Scholar for 2020. As a result of an excellent proposal for the translation of a unique document, University of Western lecturer Marta Pérez Rey has been awarded the scholarship...

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  • Thursday, 21st November 2019

    Abbot Placid Scholars Farewelled

    The Abbot and the Archives Committee have announced a new scholar for 2020, so we would all like to take this opportunity to give a heartfelt thanks to our outgoing scholars Eugenia Schettino, Judy McGuinness and Andrew Walton...

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