Museums, Historical Society
New Norcia, Australia’s only monastic town, is a scenic two hour drive northeast of Perth. Founded by Spanish Benedictine monk, Dom Rosendo Salvado in 1847, the town has 69 Spanish influenced buildings, 27 of which are listed as historic by the National Trust.
You won’t believe what lies behind the locked doors of our buildings! Let our experienced guides take you on a town tour that will unravel the unique history and show you the hidden artworks of New Norcia. Leaves from the Visitor Centre twice a day at 11.30am and 1.30pm.
The beautiful neo-classical New Norcia Hotel offers accommodation and homemade meals to whet your appetite. The deck is the perfect place to sip a glass of Abbey Ale or New Norcia wine whilst listening to the sunset cocky orchestra!
If a quieter stay is what you seek, the Guesthouse is the place for you. Experience the peace and quiet and join the monks for their seven daily prayers. Spiritual direction is available on request.
The New Norcia Roadhouse offers a selection of hot meals and refreshments as well as fuel, general grocery items and postal services.
Lose yourself in the Museum & Art Gallery where an eclectic array of Mission and monastery memorabilia is displayed alongside largest collection of moveable religious art in Australia, It also houses the beautiful Charles Austin Gardiner exhibition of botanical drawings. The gift shop stocks local produce including New Norcia Olive Oil, New Norcia Abbey Ale, New Norcia Wines and Ports and the renowned New Norcia bread and nutcake.
Visit the new Mission Cottage Interpretation Centre to learn more about the Aboriginal families that lived and worked in the town.
All money spent during your visit to New Norcia will support the monks in preserving Australia’s only monastic town.
Visit the website for more detailed information; www.newnorcia.wa.edu.au