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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".


Goodbye to Kevin Hogan

We recently said goodbye to Kevin Hogan OAM, a long-serving member of our advisory board. Michael Chaney AO wrote and delivered the eulogy below.

Good afternoon everyone.

It is a great honour for me to have the opportunity to say a few words about my good friend of 40 years, Kevin - in commemoration of the life of an extraordinary, unique man.

As I know we would all appreciate, Kevin’s life revolved around his wonderful family - Ronnie and their ten children and twelve grandchildren - but he was a man of so many parts:

  • the farmer
  • rural leader
  • community giant
  • sportsman
  • company director
  • man of faith, and, of course,
  • great joke-teller and raconteur

That last quality, as we have all no doubt experienced, infused every activity in which Kevin was involved.

The Hogan family farmed on a Bencubbin property originally bought by his father and uncle during the Great Depression, on St Patrick’s day in 1933.

Kevin reckoned that as they were driving to inspect the land in their T-model Ford, they noticed that everyone else was driving in the opposite direction; and they eventually understood why.

It was a tough life in a fickle part of the agricultural area. As Kevin quipped: “We started with almost nothing and, after 70 years, still had some of it left.”

He was somewhat bemused that they had named the farm “Bon View”, given that the only thing it ever overlooked were mortgage payments!

But in spite of good times and bad, Kevin never stopped loving farming, the farming community and Bencubbin itself.

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Vocational Observers Receive Unique Experience of Monastic Life

Two young men are currently staying at New Norcia monastery to experience monastic life and to discern their own vocations as possible future monks.

Rohan Viswalingam, aged 30, is from Sydney, and Martin Bradley, aged 25, is from Perth. For about four weeks, they will be participating in the full monastic timetable, including prayer, work, reflection, and contemplative solitude and study. As well as learning more about the charism, history and spirituality of the Order of St. Benedict, they are getting to know the community and traditions of New Norcia, and experiencing what daily life as a monk is like on a practical level.

Single, Catholic men who feel called to a life of prayer and the search for God are always welcome to make a stay at the monastery, as they discern their future direction. Anyone who is interested should contact New Norcia’s Vocations Director, Fr. Robert Nixon, OSB, at

Tableware Gifting

In the process of decluttering her cupboards, a long-time friend of the community recently gifted us with some very fine tableware (examples pictured).

If you have any similar fine tableware that you never use and would like to go to a good home where it would be well cared for and used for our Musical Soirée Suppers and Abbot’s Table Dinners in the grand old 1920s Hostel, we would be very happy and grateful to receive it.

Please contact our Director of Visitor Services, Carmel Murray at or by calling 9654 8056.

The Easter Triduum is the greatest solemnity of the Church

For many Christian churches, Easter is the joyful end to the Lenten season of fasting and penitence. The earliest recorded observance of Easter comes from the 2nd century, though it is likely that even the earliest Christians commemorated the Resurrection, which is an integral tenet of the faith.

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.

New Norcia is delighted to be able to offer packages including accommodation, meals and participation in the liturgy and other events to our guests.

The Monastic liturgy of the hours will also be prayed and is open to our guests.

Times for these will be included in the information booklet.

The events over these days include:

Date Event
Holy Thursday - 28th March Mass of the Lord’s Supper (7.30pm)
Good Friday - 29th March Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (3.00pm)
Taize Chant and Prayer (7.30pm)
Holy Saturday - 30th March Holy Saturday Musical Recital (10.30am)
Easter Sunday - 31st March Vigil Mass of Easter (4.30am)
Easter Sunday Morning Mass (9.30am)

The accommodation options include:

Options Inclusions Price
1 Accommodation and meals from Holy Thursday until Easter Sunday afternoon $400 pp
2 Accommodation and meals – one night only $160 pp
3 Bed and Breakfast only $ 110 pp/night
4 Day Visit only with lunch $35

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Hot, Dry and Weary Land

Over the years, one of the monks has faithfully recorded the weather details, day by day. These days, Dom Paul is the weather man and has been for 5 years and, before him, Father David for some 20 years.

In the last month we have been enjoying some real bush summer weather, with several significant hot spots. One was in January when we had a run of days over 40, then February has been relentless with one week recording two consecutive days over 46 degrees.

The saving grace of New Norcia weather is that we do not (usually) suffer with high humidity.

The relentlessness of the heat and the parched look of the land puts me in mind of Psalm 63 verse 1, where the Psalmist is in the desert of Judah, and speaking metaphorically:

God, you are my God, I pine for you; my heart thirsts for you, my body longs for you, as a land parched, dreary and waterless.

But then he goes on to write a wonderful Psalm of praise, which begins so:

Thus I have gazed on you in the sanctuary, seeing your power and your glory.
Better your faithful love than life itself; my lips will praise you.
Thus I will bless you all my life, in your name lift up my hands….

If we do not take care, our daily comfort, pain, circumstances can rob us of even the desire to seek God in the sanctuary, wherever our sanctuary may be. Lent is upon us. Psalm 63 could be a “green pasture” an “oasis” on the journey to Easter.

Verse 7: for you have always been my help; in the shadow of your wings I rejoice; (NJB.)

A Group of Local Women

This all happened because we didn’t buy a marquee. The story starts at the beginning of the year when, at a farm clearance sale next door, there was an outside vendor item with a difference - a full blown wedding-standard marquee. Mentioning it to a couple of friends, and musing on the fact that we had fallen into the all-work-no-play trap, we let our imaginations run wild as to the fun that could be had. Totally unburdened by the actual practicalities (apparently these things take an experienced team a couple of days to put up and then take down again) we whipped ourselves into a high state of excitement and two of us were dispatched to the sale to have a crack at the purchase itself.

We had a few qualms when we saw the size of the thing even when all folded up but, nevertheless, still up for the adventure, we were quite ready to bid. Perhaps fortunately, and in hindsight definitely very fortunately, it of course went for about twice our maximum budget. So that was that.

Undaunted we decided to continue to address this work/life balance thing and in stepped the events team at New Norcia! Who knew what possibilities awaited! We started with a coronation afternoon tea, then a Christmas in July (for my English friends, as it is hot at Christmas time over here, it is the protocol to have a traditional Christmas dinner in the more wintery month of July). Then, a private tour of New Norcia followed by an al fresco brunch and, finally, a good old Melbourne Cup lunch.

It turned out to be a hitherto well kept secret how easy all this could be. We would have an idea, then run it by Joyce and Carmel at New Norcia and they would make it happen, exceeding our expectations each and every time. No cleaning the house for the week before, hiding all the clutter in the spare room (and then taking a month to find it again), no sweating over menus while the rest of the family survived on cheese toasties for days on end. Tick some options and turn up.

The venues were unfailingly spectacular, the hospitality wonderful and the food (and the Abbot’s cocktails) amazing. I think the highlight was probably the private tour, with a ‘no question is off the table’ openness, and access to places usually kept private. I thought I knew New Norcia pretty well but within a minute I was learning so much more. That day will stay with me.

So, many thanks to Sharyn Sinclair, Jane Graham and Clare - we really did have some fun. Many more thanks to the people who supported us, we had an absolute non-exclusive policy, we asked our friends, they asked theirs and everyone kept on turning up…..lovely, lovely people- thank you!

Finally New Norcia, what a place, somewhere very dear to me, and somewhere that continues to adjust as it strives to reconcile the less happy aspects of its history with its unique place in the WA story.

By Emma Kelly

Piano Music from Iran and the Caucasus

Performed by Fr. Robert Nixon, OSB on Saturday March 16th at the New Norcia Hostel.

This recital will present the beautiful and evocative music of Javad Maroufi, Tigran Chukhajian, and other composers from Iran, Armenia and Georgia. Drawing upon classical and national musical elements, this music has been very seldom performed in the West, but is striking, haunting and rhythmic, and is now attracting more attention from musicians and audiences alike.

The evening will commence with drinks in the lounge bar at 6.30 pm. Abbot John will prepare some Persian-inspired dishes during the interval.

Tickets are $100, all inclusive.
Accommodation is $130 per room (including continental breakfast).

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Groups Bookings at New Norcia - Suggested Day Programme 2024

Your Day at New Norcia

Time Item Description
10.00am Arrive at New Norcia
10.30 pm Private Tour 1 hour with a tour guide dedicated to your group. An opportunity to see ‘behind closed doors’ in Australia’s only monastic town. Your guide will introduce you to New Norcia’s eclectic Monastic, Aboriginal and European heritage as you see some of the town’s richly decorated buildings, 27 of which are listed on the National Trust and not otherwise accessible to the public. Other highlights include the Flour Mill, Abbey Church and beautifully frescoed college chapels.
12.00 pm Monastery Oratory (optional) Join the monks for midday prayers inside the Monastery Oratory. All faiths are welcome.
12.30 pm Lunch  Experience old world grandeur by having lunch in the dining room of the beautiful New Norcia Hostel. Please inform us of your meal preference at least 7 days prior to your visit and if there are any dietary requirements.
1.30pm Museum & Art Gallery New Norcia is home to one of the finest collections of moveable heritage in Australia. Gifts from the Queen of Spain and a fascinating array of artefacts tell the story of New Norcia’s 170-year old history. The galleries feature religious paintings by Spanish and Italian Masters and Australian Contemporary Artists.
3.30pm The Gift Shop Free time to browse our shop and pick up last-minute gifts and goodies. The shop offers a range of local produce including New Norcia Abbey Wines, breads, Nut Cake, Pan Chocolatti, New Norcia Olive Oil, art, books and music.
4.15 pm Leave New Norcia Taking with you some special lasting memories. Have a safe journey home and thank you for visiting our beautiful town.

Bookings can be made through the New Norcia Museum.
Please call 08 9654 8056.
Special group rate for the town tour and museum entrance is $20pp.

New Translations Available from Fr. Robert

New Norcia’s Fr. Robert Nixon has had two new English translations of Latin works published this month.

The first is the Treatise on Perfection: Saintly Counsel for Obtaining Salvation by Cardinal Richelieu. Richelieu (1585-1642) is most famous today from the fictional depiction of him as a villain in The Three Musketeers, but the real man was a devout churchman and wise politician who served as prime minister of France for almost twenty years. His Treatise on Perfection was one of the most popular spiritual works of the 17th century, offering helpful insights into balancing life of faith with the complexities, stresses and moral ambiguities of secular life, as he himself did so successfully.

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The second work, The Devil’s Bagpipe: The True Life of Martin Luther, is a translation of a biography of Luther written in 1581 by a Scottish historian and professor at Paris University, James Laing, who lived through most of the events he describes. Written in compelling and exciting language, it offers to the reader many little-known details of the turbulent life of Luther. These details, which are often strange, shocking and scandalous, have largely been suppressed or edited out by later historians writing with a pro-Luther bias, but are well-documented by contemporary sources.

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‘Monk Mode’ Retreat: How to Adopt Monastic Practices to Get the Most out of Life

On the weekend of March 8th-10th, New Norcia will offer a retreat on how non-monks can use monastic principles to get the most out of life.

These monastic principles include commitment, perseverance, patience, and self-discipline. Such values run counter to our mainstream culture, where self-indulgence, distraction, and rush are very much the norm. Yet these lead to a dissipation of strength and focus, and ultimately a loss of happiness, independence and freedom.

This weekend retreat, led by Fr. Robert Nixon, will explore how the principles of monastic living can be applied to everyday life, to harness your inner strength, and to achieve not only growth in holiness and wisdom, but also resilience, success and contentment.

The retreat includes full board and accommodation in New Norcia’s guesthouse.

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Calendars Now Available

Hot off the press - the 2024 New Norcia calendar features the works on paper of Fr. Lesmes Lopez OSB from an exhibition in St Ildephonsus’ large and small dining rooms.

This calendar shows the liturgical calendar as celebrated by the Benedictine Community of New Norcia.

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Upcoming Events

2024 Mandorla Art Award

Entries now open.

With a prize pool of over $50,000, Mandorla is Australia's most significant thematic Christian art prize. The Mandorla Art Award actively fosters a relationship between contemporary fine artists and the writings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Open to all artists across Australia, working in any medium, Mandorla invites artists to think laterally and with sensitivity by interpreting anew theme for each iteration of the award.

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