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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 couple and families, its scenic deck and heritage veranda a perfect place to while away 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 and 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".

  • Monday, 31st July 2017

    Live Music at the New Norcia Hotel!

    Live Music at the New Norcia Hotel!

    Saturdays are getting a make-over at New Norcia Hotel! Live Music, Happy Hour and a Sausage Sizzle start on Saturday 12th August.

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  • The July Chimes Magazine
    Thursday, 13th July 2017

    The July Chimes Magazine

    Welcome to the latest news from New Norcia!

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  • An Interesting Find - A Boarders Stash c1949
    Thursday, 13th July 2017

    An Interesting Find - A Boarders Stash c1949

    In April this year two New Norcia staff members happened to look into a large weathered crack between floor boards in the old dormitory on the top floor of St Ildephonsus’ College and saw some papery ‘treasure’ beckoning.

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  • New Norcia Benedictine Retreat weekends
    Wednesday, 17th May 2017

    New Norcia Benedictine Retreat weekends

    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, prayer and rhythms of the Benedictine monastic community of New Norcia.

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  • Thursday, 11th May 2017

    New Norcia Hotel - Mothers Day Lunch

    New Norcia Hotel - Mothers Day Lunch

    The Hotel has created some delicious á la carte meals for Mothers Day and every mum gets a free glass of wine or champagne!

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  • New Norcia Studies Day Tickets
    Thursday, 11th May 2017

    New Norcia Studies Day Tickets

    Last chance to register for Studies Day, there are only a few places left!

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  • Thursday, 4th May 2017

    New Norcia features in the Perth Spanish Film Festival!

    Tuesday May 9th, 6.30pm.​ – "From Rosendo to Rosendo", commissioned by the Spanish Embassy, commemorates Bishop Salvado’s life through the eyes of Spanish rock star, Rosendo Mercado. The film will be screened at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge, Perth as part of the Spanish Film Festival.

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  • Tuesday, 2nd May 2017

    New Norcia Bypass

    The New Norcia Bypass is now open and in use, the new road gives great views of the town and the new Look Out they are building will have interesting trails and information boards. so we look forward to its completion. At the moment there are disruptions to access New Norcia, presently you can only access the town through its Northern entry. The southern entry should be re-opened by the end of the week, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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  • 2017 New Norcia Writers Festival 19 August
    Thursday, 20th April 2017

    2017 New Norcia Writers Festival 19 August

    We are happy to announce the programme for the third annual New Norcia Writers' Festival. Like its predecessors, the emphasis is still on literature as performance, with author readings accompanying each session. But this time there is an even stronger focus on the history and practice of West Australian Wheatbelt literature, leavened by humorous observations on ageing, spirituality and the struggle to get words down on the page.We have also tried to give readers a more comprehensive experience of the unique architecture of New Norcia by utilising different spaces this year.

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  • Tuesday, 18th April 2017

    New Avon Valley Initiative

    New Norcia is a proud supporter of WA’s first Motorcycle Friendly region, the Avon Valley. In support and to welcome motorcycle groups to our town the Hotel, Roadhouse and Museum have pledged to be “Motorbike Friendly” and will have space allocated for helmets and jackets, visor cleaner and great parking available on bitumen areas.

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