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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.


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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