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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

Getting There

Main Office

T: +61 8 9654 8018
F: +61 8 9654 8097

Friends of New Norcia / Volunteering

T: +61 8 9654 8018

Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

T: +61 8 9654 8018


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".


Studies Day

New Norcia Studies Day

Date: Saturday, 25th May 2024
Time: 9.00am
Location: St Gertrude’s College
Price: $105.00

Visit the web shop to purchase tickets.

New Norcia Studies Day

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Spanish ship Ferrolana bringing new recruits to New Norcia, amongst whom were two very notable passengers, Jerome Rodoreda and the diarist, Francisco Marsá.

To mark that anniversary, New Norcia Studies Day this year is delighted to be able to present papers by Tom Stephens OAM on Ferrolana and another on Jerome by Gillian Rodoreda, Jerome’s great-grand-daughter. These papers will be complemented later in the year by the launch of the Marsá Diary, translated by Abbot Placid Spearritt scholar, Marta Pérez-Rey. In addition, Emeritus Professor John Kinder will speak about Bishop Salvado’s great friend, Canon Raffaele Martelli, whilst Jim Longbottom will present his paper on the beautiful dome (pictured) in St Gertrude's College Chapel and its relationship to an enigmatic poem that appears at the end of the 1916 Monastery Chronicle.

Registration opens at 9.00 in St Gertrude’s College and the proceedings start at 10.15. Quite coincidentally, the papers will be presented in St Gertrude’s College Chapel itself thus giving the 1916 poem much greater “gravitas”.

Costs for the day are $105 (includes morning and afternoon teas, lunch, and admission to the museum and art gallery) and $90 for concession holders.

See you there!

The customer shall comply with all Government (Federal and State) requirements for entry into Western Australia or to access the New Norcia premises, event or service. Where the customer does not so comply, and cancels or is unable to access the New Norcia premises, event or service, the customer shall forfeit any and all monies paid.

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