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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".

  • 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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  • New Norcia Studies 26 Launch
    Thursday, 21st November 2019

    New Norcia Studies 26 Launch

    The 26th New Norcia Studies Journal was launched at the Palms Community Centre in Subiaco on Thursday November 7th. Now that Archives, Collections and Libraries are all part of the new department called ACL (Archives, Collections and Libraries – what else?), it was thought it would be a symbolic gesture to invite a luminary from this field to do the honours...

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  • Institute for Benedictine Studies - 2020 Programme
    Friday, 8th November 2019

    Institute for Benedictine Studies - 2020 Programme

    In keeping with St Benedict’s Rule of hospitality for guests, the Monastery Guesthouse is a place of retreat for individuals and groups from all walks of life and beliefs seeking to quietly share the simple life, prayers and rhythms of the Benedictine monastic community of New Norcia.

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  • Catholic Professional Standards Ltd Training Day
    Thursday, 7th November 2019

    Catholic Professional Standards Ltd Training Day

    On Thursday 7th November HR Manager Coralea A’Court and Safeguarding Officer for Group Accommodation Jody Burness participated in a Catholic Professional Standards Ltd training day in Perth...

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  • National Day of Sorrow and Promise
    Monday, 4th November 2019

    National Day of Sorrow and Promise

    At Vespers on Sunday 27th the Benedictine Community, along with our guests and visitors in attendance, joined Catholic Religious throughout the country in prayer for the National Day of Sorrow and Promise.

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  • The Chimes Magazine - October 2019
    Thursday, 24th October 2019

    The Chimes Magazine - October 2019

    We hope you enjoy the October 2019 edition of the Chimes!

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