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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

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Main Office

T: +61 8 9654 8018
F: +61 8 9654 8097
E: information@newnorcia.com.au

Friends of New Norcia / Volunteering

T: +61 8 9654 8018
E: friends@newnorcia.com.au

Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056
E: museum@newnorcia.com.au

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

T: +61 8 9654 8018
E: groups@newnorcia.com.au

Communications

T: +61 8 9654 8018
E: communications@newnorcia.com.au

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".

News

  • Wednesday, 3rd April 2024

    The Chimes - April 2024

    The Chimes - April 2024

    This issue of the Chimes includes the celebration of Abbot Bernard Rooney's diamond jubilee of ordination and a look back at the Easter Triduum.

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  • Job Opportunity: Accountant & Company Secretary
    Thursday, 21st March 2024

    Job Opportunity: Accountant & Company Secretary

    As the Accountant & Company Secretary, you will play a pivotal role in managing financial operations and ensuring compliance with legal requirements. You’ll work closely with our leadership team, contributing to the success of our organization.

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  • Thursday, 14th March 2024

    The Easter Triduum is the Greatest Solemnity of the Church

    The Easter Triduum is the Greatest Solemnity of the Church

    The Easter Triduum is the greatest solemnity of the Church’s liturgical year and staying at New Norcia over these three days is a wonderful and unforgettable way of being immersed in the great beauty, mystery and splendour of this occasion.

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  • Wednesday, 14th February 2024

    The Chimes - February 2024

    The Chimes - February 2024

    This issue of the Chimes includes the farewell to Kevin Hogan OAM, a long-serving member of our advisory board, and a look forward to the Easter Triduum. May this Lent be a season of grace for you and your loved ones

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  • Thursday, 7th December 2023

    The Chimes - December 2023

    The Chimes - December 2023

    This issue of the Chimes features a beautiful wedding celebration, a look back at the Divine Will Retreat and the announcement of the 2024 Abbot Placid Scholar. Wishing you a holy and happy Christmas.

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  • The 2024 Abbot Placid Scholar is announced!
    Monday, 4th December 2023

    The 2024 Abbot Placid Scholar is announced!

    The Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholarship selection committee proudly announces the awarding of the 2024 Scholarship to esteemed Australian mezzo-soprano, Allegra Giagu.

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  • Wednesday, 8th November 2023

    Who was Peter Lewis?

    Since at least 1995 there have been regular, recurring requests to the archives for information on “Peter Lewis”. He has been described as a monk, an alter ego for Fr Francisco Salvadó, as a relative of Bishop Salvado’s and as a workman at New Norcia.

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  • Wednesday, 8th November 2023

    The Chimes - November 2023

    The Chimes - November 2023

    This November issue includes the 5th International Benedictine Oblates Congress, a look back at the 2023 New Norcia Library Lecture and an answer to the puzzling document from the archives!

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  • Thursday, 2nd November 2023

    Safeguarding Audit 2023

    Safeguarding Audit 2023

    New Norcia has completed its Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited (ACSL) 2023 audit.

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  • Friday, 6th October 2023

    The Chimes - October 2023

    The Chimes - October 2023

    This October issue includes a rare Eucharistic celebration of Fr. David’s diamond jubilee of priestly ordination, a look back at the monastic community retreat and a puzzling document from the archives that hopefully our readers can help solve!

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