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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 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 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".

  • Oct. 11 2019
    Oct. 13 2019


    The Dark Night of the Soul: St. John of the Cross

    Led by Abbot John Herbert. St. John of the Cross was a Spanish mystic of the 16th Century, whose best known work is The Dark Night of the Soul.

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  • Sep. 13 2019
    Sep. 15 2019

    Study Weekend

    The Theology of the Garden of Eden

    Led by Dr. James Cregan. The Garden of Eden holds a central place in the Christian imagination. Not only does it bookend the Bible with its promise of God’s overbrimming grace, the symbolism of Eden also informs and energises the narratives of creation, revelation, and redemption at the heart of its sacred texts.

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  • Aug. 24 2019
    2019 New Norcia Writers' Festival

    Town Event

    2019 New Norcia Writers' Festival

    Join Amanda Curtin as she talks about her latest book on a revered WA artist, Kathleen O’Connor of Paris; Dr Michael Levitt on health and happiness with The Happy Bowel; Steve Hawke on his powerful novel Out of Time; Jon Doust on the timely reissue of his compelling memoir Boy on a Wire; poet Annamaria Weldon on her sparkling new collection Stone Mother Tongue; and Bindy Pritchard on her debut short story collection Fabulous Lives...... more

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  • Aug. 16 2019
    Aug. 18 2019


    Transitioning through the Stages of Life

    Led by Sr. Lilian Bong, sja, & Dom Daniel Meers, osb The transition through the various stages of life- from youth to adulthood, from young adulthood to middle age, from middle age to old age- can present both challenges and rewards, of a personal, spiritual and physical nature. The various events in life, such as the discernment of a vocation, changes in state of life, or illness and injury, can also form confronting and challenging transitions.

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  • Aug. 3 2019

    Benedictine Institute Event

    Annual Benedictine Institute Day - Benedictine Spirituality and the Search for God

    BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY AND THE SEARCH FOR GOD Keynote Speaker: Fr. Araliya Jayasundara, osb, Director of the Sylvestrine Benedictine Minor Seminary, Sri Lanka, Vice-Rector of St. Anthony’s College, Kandy, Sri Lanka The New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies is delighted to invite you to the ‘Annual Institute Day’ for 2019. Our theme for this year is ‘Benedictine Spirituality and the Search for God ’.

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  • Jul. 12 2019
    Jul. 14 2019

    Study Weekend

    The Desert Fathers - The Earliest Christian Monks

    Led by various monks from New Norcia. The term ‘Desert Fathers’ refers to Christians who, from the late 2nd Century, adopted eremitic and/or coenobitic modes of life in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East.

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  • Jun. 21 2019
    Jun. 23 2019


    Christian Meditation

    Led by Kathryn Houston (National Director, School of Meditation, World Community for Christian Meditation) Meditation is a spiritual practice of central importance, not only in Christianity but in the other great religious traditions of the world

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  • May 31 2019
    Jun. 2 2019

    Guesthouse Retreat

    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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  • May 25 2019


    New Norcia Studies Day

    Note: There will be no Studies Day in 2019. However it will resume in a new format in 2020. The New Norcia Studies Journal Launch will be going ahead as per usual on November 7th 2019 in Subiaco.

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  • May 15 2019

    Piano Recital

    The Life and Music of Dom Rosendo Salvado - Law Society Perth

    Join us at the Old Court House Law Museum for an evening of music, drinks and canapés as Father Robert Nixon, who currently resides at New Norcia, gives his own recital of Salvado’s music and chats about his remarkable life and achievements. The Museum will also be hosting a new temporary exhibition showcasing many rare and interesting objects related to Salvado and his life; these are on loan from New Norcia

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