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New Norcia Benedictine Community
Great Northern Highway
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 2017 we will be hosting the Studies Day, Library Lecture, a full programme of retreats, a Writers and Arts Festival and the education programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies. The New Norcia Hotel is planning all manner of special nights, starting with a regular ribs and steak night and bands throughout the year... and our Museum and Art Gallery has started work on a array of different tours which will be revealed later in the year!

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

  • Apr 20 2018
    Apr 22 2018

    Study Weekend

    The Missionary Experiences of the Benedictines at New Norcia and Kalumbaru: A Mutually Enriching Cultural and Spiritual Encounter.

    Led by Abbot Bernard Rooney and Fr Anscar McPhee. New Norcia was founded as a mission to the Indigenous people, with the intention of proclaiming the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ, and providing assistance to the local people in a multitude of ways.

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  • Mar 29 2018
    Apr 1 2018

    Parish Event

    Easter at New Norcia 2018

    Click for times of Church Services at New Norcia over the Easter Period.

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  • Mar 26 2018

    Shire Event

    Blessing of the Roads

    Join The Victoria Plains Shire representatives ands Abbot John for this Road Wise initiative of Blessing the Roads just before Easter when our roads are particularly busy.

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  • Mar 10 2018

    Abbey Press Event

    Introduction to Letterpress Printing

    This intensive one day course introduces students to letterpress printing. Participants will learn hand typesetting using a variety of different typefaces and to print using at least two different presses. They will lock up type in a forme, learn how to roll out ink and ink up a press and print a poster and a small card.

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  • Mar 10 2018


    MLC Choral Concert in New Norcia.

    Methodist Ladies´ College in Perth has an outstanding choral tradition. Its premier choirs, Chorale and Barbershop, are both international competition award winners including silver medallists at the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia and the 2017 Leonardo da Vinci Choral Competition in Florence Italy

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  • Mar 9 2018
    Mar 11 2018


    Benedictine Experience Weekend

    Benedictine spirituality is more readily experienced than defined. These weekends in the monastery guesthouse (beginning with Vespers at 6.30 p.m. on Friday, concluding after lunch on Sunday) provide the opportunity to enter fully into the monastic rhythm and balance of prayer, work, lectio divina, hospitality, and community life.

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  • Feb 23 2018
    Feb 25 2018


    Lenten Retreat

    Led by Fr David Barry osb. Lent is a time traditionally devoted to spiritual purification and refinement in preparation for Easter, including by means of the disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This retreat will help participants to embrace Lent prayerfully, and with an openness to the graces it offers.

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  • Feb 16 2018
    Feb 18 2018

    Study Weekend

    The Psalms in Verse: English Metrical Psalters from 1500-1900.

    Led by Dom Robert Nixon. The Psalms, which form the basis of the monastic office, exist in a greater variety of English translations than any other part of Scripture.

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  • Dec 30 2017
    Dec 30 2017

    Ecumenical Carols

    The service is a celebration of Christmas and Epiphany.

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  • Dec 24 2017
    Dec 30 2017