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New Norcia

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New Norcia

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New Norcia is a monastery town in Western Australia, about 150km NNE of Perth.

Understand[edit]

New Norcia is the only monastery town in Australia. The Benedictine monastery was established in 1847. The original founding party settled a few kilometers north a year earlier, but were driven off the land by its owner before settling in the current location.

Get in[edit]

Get in by car on the Great Northern Highway. It will take about 2 hours to drive in from Perth.

Get around[edit]

Walking is your best option, as the town is tiny.

See[edit][add listing]

The main and only attraction in New Norcia is the monastery and its adjacent buildings - 27 in total in the immediate vicinity of the town center.

  • Abbey Church. Located across the old main road of the town from the monastery. The church interior shows evidence of at least 3 styles of decoration.  edit
  • St Gertrude's Girls' School.  edit
  • St Ildephonsus' Boys School.  edit
  • St Joseph's Aboriginal Girls Orphanage. Now houses the Museum and Art Gallery and the giftshop.  edit


Do[edit][add listing]

Take a tour around the town's historic buildings. Tours are organised twice daily. If you are lucky, one of the monks will be your tourguide. There is also a self-guided river walk of about 2km, with a number of plaques describing important landmarks.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The town's giftshop offers a selection of products featuring the New Norcia brand. You can buy bread, nutcake, biscotti, olive oil, beer, port and wine.

Eat[edit][add listing]

You can go for a good lunch at the New Norcia Hotel.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Try the local wine and beer (actually made in NSW) at the Hotel.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Guesthouse. The Benedictine monks run a guesthouse in the monastery.  edit
  • Camping. A free camping ground without facilities is located across the road in front of the roadhouse.  edit
  • Hotel.  edit


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Get out[edit]

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