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New Norcia

Visitor Centre:
New Norcia Visitor Centre
New Norcia
Phone: 08 9654 8056
Fax: 08 9654 8124
Visitor website: www.newnorcia.wa.edu.au
General:
New Norcia, “a piece of Old Spain in the middle of the Australian bush”, was settled by 1847 by Benedictine monks. The town encompasses extravagant buildings, olive trees and church bells coupled with a peaceful tranquil atmosphere. Originally established as an Aboriginal Mission, the monks built a village comprising a church, flour mills, schools, hostel, apiary, blacksmiths shop, olive shed and olive groves surrounding the monastery.
Today the town is one of the great cultural heritage sites of Australia. Twenty seven of its buildings are classified as “Historic” by the National Trust. It continues to be home to a community of Benedictine monks who own and operate this truly unique settlement.
The Museum and Art gallery houses an eclectic collection of Mission and Monastery memorabilia displayed alongside European religious art and contemporary artworks. Town tours allow visitors to access the buildings’ elaborate interiors. Visitors are welcome to join the monks for one of the seven daily prayer sessions in the Monastery Oratory.
The Grand Hotel offers delicious meals and a chance to imbibe in locally produced Wine, Port and Abbey Ale whilst savouring the peace. Why not stay overnight and explore a little further.... the River Walk, the new Mission Cottage Interpretation Centre, and the Gift Shop are just some ways to while away time in this unique location.