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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".


  • Thursday, 18th April 2024

    ACSL Case Study: Continuous Improvement - Benedictine Community of New Norcia

    ACSL Case Study: Continuous Improvement - Benedictine Community of New Norcia

    We were pleased to be included as a case study in the ACSL 2022-2023 Annual Report, an acknowledgment of our commitment to and continual improvement in the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

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  • Thursday, 2nd November 2023

    Safeguarding Audit 2023

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

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  • Second Staff Safeguarding Training
    Tuesday, 2nd May 2023

    Second Staff Safeguarding Training

    New Norcia staff took part in their second safeguarding training from the WA Professional Standards Office and the Diocesan Safeguarding Program Office

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  • Cultural Awareness Training Day
    Tuesday, 27th December 2022

    Cultural Awareness Training Day

    The monks and staff of New Norcia participated in a Cultural Awareness Training Day on 1 December 2022, facilitated by Deacon Greg Lowe.

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  • National Child Protection Week Morning Tea
    Tuesday, 13th September 2022

    National Child Protection Week Morning Tea

    Last week New Norcia Safeguarding Officer, Tracy Sievewright, attended the National Child Protection Week Morning Tea at St Mary's Cathedral in Perth. Please find attached a beautiful video compilation of the event

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  • Tuesday, 16th August 2022

    Cultural Awareness Training

    One of the two specific recommendations in our Professional Standards/Safeguarding audit was to include more comprehensive cultural awareness/cultural safety training. Our two Safeguarding Officers have recently completed this training...

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  • 2022 Mandorla Art Award & Eva Fernandez Artwork
    Thursday, 23rd June 2022

    2022 Mandorla Art Award & Eva Fernandez Artwork

    This year’s theme was Metamorphosis – a profound or radical change, the scriptural reference being “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19).

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  • Child Protection Week Breakfast
    Thursday, 9th September 2021

    Child Protection Week Breakfast

    A Wonderful Morning! On Thursday 9th September I attended a Child Protection Week Breakfast, hosted by the Archdiocese of Perth Safeguarding Office, and coordinated by Safeguarding Team Leader Andrea Musulin.

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  • A New Safeguarding Officer Appointed at New Norcia
    Thursday, 11th March 2021

    A New Safeguarding Officer Appointed at New Norcia

    In late 2020, Tracy Sievewright completed the Archdiocese of Perth's Safeguarding Program and has now been appointed a Safeguarding Officer at New Norcia, along with Melissa Victoriano.

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  • Rock of Remembrance
    Thursday, 29th October 2020

    Rock of Remembrance

    At the conclusion of Mass on Sunday 25th October, we were pleased to bless the newly installed ‘Rock of Remembrance’ – an interactive memorial in honour of those who experienced any form of neglect or abuse at New Norcia. Situated next to the Abbey Church, the memorial serves as a permanent acknowledgement and apology, in the hope that it will contribute to a sense of healing and reconciliation.

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