New Norcia Travel Guide

  • The Monastery
    The Monastery
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    St. Gertrudes
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  • New Norcia
    New Norcia
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New Norcia Things to Do

  • Nicest roadhouse I've ever been to in WA

    We ate at the hotel and got burnt fish and chips that took 40 minutes. so for lunch we went to the roadhouse, nice furniture, great staff, great food and good coffee.The heritage tour is 2 km thru the village, worth paying for the 2 hour guide. The 1.7km river walk is nice, too short if you love walking.The history of the place is worth hearing...

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  • NEW NORCIA TOUR

    By now, I think you will have realized that you need to do tours to see the interiors of these beautiful buildings, I just wish I knew this before hand, then I would have allowed enough time.Well, I have told you now, please allow time to do them!Town Tours depart at 11.00am & 1.30pm, every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.On this tour, you...

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  • THE NOVITIATE

    It was the 1870's and the town of New Norcia was growing. Some new buildings were needed to house those who came here to begin their monastic life, so the Novitiate was built and used for that purpose.In the 1950's, the building was converted to a Police Station. Most of the building is how it was, only the original shingle roof has been covered...

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  • NEW NORCIA HOTEL

    I looked at this Hotel and thought, what a pity there isn't garden or something to surround this building to make it look attractive and looked after. Instead, there was dirt, and cars parked where-ever they wanted, not an appealing sight!The Hotel was built on a rise in 1927 on the Perth side of New Norcia. You could nearly miss it, we did, so...

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  • MISSION COTTAGE

    At Mew Norcia, old white-washed houses were built as a two room cottages for Aboriginal couples in the 1850s.The cottage in my photo was one of these cottages, built in 1860 as a worker's house, slightly longer than the other cottages as it had 3 rooms. It was used as an Aboriginal's home and police station before being transformed into a Toilet...

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  • THE ABBEY CHURCH

    You can be forgiven for thinking you may be in Spain, as the Abbey Church really looks like a Spanish Church. It was constructed from bush stones and held together with mud plaster and tree trunks. This rather plain Georgian church opened its doors in 1861. It has been added to over time, and now has an appealing Italian Renaissance influenced...

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  • THE MONASTERY

    The Monastery is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLICThe Monastery is located where the original Mission building from 1847 was once located. The Monks once had 55 people working for them, today, there are still about 50 people working for the 26 Monks, who live the simple life within the Monastery. The Monastery has some beautiful wrought iron gates, brought...

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  • FLOUR MILLS

    I found more than one Flour Mill in New Norcia. To see the interior, you must arrange a visit with the Tourist Information centre at New Norcia.Salvado wanted New Norcia to be independent, a dream that was realized in 1867, when a decree from Rome gave them independence. Salvado became an Abbot for life.One flour mill was small, the other larger,...

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  • THE OLD POLICE STATION

    Opposite the old original Flour Mill, is the old Police station. I wondered why a Police Station was needed in a town like this, it didn't make sense to me!I have since found out, Abbot Salvado became concerned about the trouble the Aboriginals caused when visiting the mission. In 1860, he contacted the Magistrate in the nearby town of Toodyay,...

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  • ST. ILDEPHONSUS

    Another beautiful building that is ONLY OPEN FOR DAY TOURS.St. Ildephonsus was built after St. Gertrude's girls college was completed. This impressive building was to be the Boy's college at New Norcia. Economic times were not quite as good when this college was in the planning, so it was built a little less grand, although I think both are very...

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  • ST. GERTRUDE'S

    Unfortunately, if you wish to see the interior of this impressive Gothic Revival building, then you will have to do a Day Tour.I didn't know this and hadn't allowed time, so I had to be content with looking at the exterior of this majestic building, of which there are not many in Australia. It was built in 1908, as a Convent College for the girls...

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  • MUSEUM & ART GALLERY

    New Norcia's most famous attraction, is the Museum and Art Gallery, located in the former St Joseph’s Aboriginal Girls’ Orphanage.As it happened, I didn't know this interesting Museum was here, so I had to give it a miss because of lack of time. I did see the Aboriginal paintings on display outside the building.If your interested in the history of...

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  • NEW NORCIA HERITAGE TRAILS

    A good way to see all of New Norcia has to offer, is to follow the Heritage trail. There are two routes -The main route which is 2kmThe river route, which is 1.7km returnThey say to allow 2-3hours, I did it faster than this, but I didn't go into one Museum and not to all the places.An idea of what this town is aboutIt all began in 1846, when some...

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  • the abbey church

    enjoy the architectural of the abbey church. the only benedictine abbey in australia. built by reverend r salvado osb in 1846, this charming church became an icon or landmark for new norcia's benedictine monastery and community.

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  • museum and art gallery and gift shop

    great arts collections from european masters and australian contemporary artists can be found here. also small [but a complete ones] gift shop and aboriginal hand-crafted museum. entrance fee for adult is AU$9.00 it's not allowed to take pictures inside the museum. so, pay a respect, please.this museum and art gallery consist of 3 floors. - at the...

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  • visit the cemetery

    whenever visit a city, one of my fave activity is pay a visit to local cemetery and watching the tombstones. beautiful graveyard, uniquely carved tombs can be found there. and i can learn a brief history about a person whenever they still alive, as mentioned in the stones.it's not different whenever i come to new norcia. from distance, can be seen...

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  • new norcia monastery

    there are monastery chapel and monastery parlour in front of the abbey church. here can be seen the daily life of the abbots. the visitors have opportunity to meet a benedictine monk in the monastery parlour. and in the monastery chapel can have pray with the monks or make confession. it's so peaceful being here.

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  • st gertrudes and st ildephonsus

    exploring many historical buildings within new norcia is pretty interesting. as the beauty lies behind the locked doors and only can be visited if you join a guided tour. it's great both taken from religious side and architectural side. the striking moorish minarets from st ildephonsus and st gertrudes looks so gorgeous on the front, but the...

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New Norcia Restaurants

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    The Giddy Goat

    by keeweechic Written Jun 5, 2005

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    The Giddy Goat is a small café/restaurant set in landscaped gardens on the Great Northern Highway. They serve morning tea, lunch, and dinner and you can dine inside or out.

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New Norcia Transportation

  • rural bus or daily tour from perth

    there are several way to reach new norcia with main access great northern highway.1 rent a car or drive your own car companied by road map. you can stop in several places nearby. like bassendean or bindoon or cervantes [on the way to the pinnacles at nambung national park]2 join day tour which provided by several tour agents in perth, one of them...

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  • Getting There

    New Norcia lies 132km north of Perth. If traveling by car, take the Great Northern Highway through the Chittering Valley and Upper Swan Valley right into New Norcia. (approximately 1 ½ - 2 hrs), or you can take the route via the Pinnacles or the Avon ValleyTranswa bus service runs to and from New Norcia although not necessarily on a daily basis.

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New Norcia Shopping

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    new norcia gift shop: my lovely jubbely newly tee-shirt from...

    by ukirsari Updated Apr 2, 2008

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    the gift shop is not huge. quite small and divided into two rooms. one is all about religious side of new norcia and the other room is for souvenirs.

    at the first room [which is connected openly to the other display room] you can find books, all about new norcia. also bookmarks, postcards, prays card [especially from st benedict], holy bible to kind of fragrances.

    meanwhile in the second room, can be found tee-shirts, breads [made-in new norcia's monastery bakery house, which not open for public], jams, chocolates and cookies, abbey ale, and anykind of small souvenirs just like magnetic holders [to be put on fridge], wallpaper decorations etc.

    for cotton bags [also important for 'go green' life nowadays] can be found at the cashier, only AU$2 per bag.

    What to buy: anykind of souvenirs which suits your budget and orientation.

    if want to give someone a religious sense of new norcia, pray card is something nice. if to be given or to be kept by travelers [like me and beloved ones :)] a tee-shirt is cool.

    or .... fancy to try new norcia's bread? only limited stock available in perth and fremantle. so, being here is the best opportunity to bring new norcia sourdough home :)

    What to pay: AU$2 - AU$100

    my newly tee-shirt of new norcia (c) ukirsari
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New Norcia Warnings and Dangers

  • THE GREAT NORTHERN HIGHWAY

    The Great Northern highway is what the town of New Norcia is located along. To see the attractions, you need to cross the road, be extra careful as this is a buy road that leads way up to the north of Western Australia.The highway carries many trucks and Road Trains, and lots of wide loads carrying huge mining equipment up north to the mines.We...

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  • pay respect about taking pictures,...

    this warning tips is not about the place itself, but rather to the visitors. whenever entering the museum, politely i asked to myree, one of the keepers --who give services for collecting donation from the guests and cashier for museum's gift shop-- about probability taking pictures inside the museum. she's kindly explain, "sure you can take...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

New Norcia Off The Beaten Path

  • Bindoon General Store

    One of the free last stops enroute to New Norcia (other than the odd petrol station) to pick up any bits and pieces. They sell newspapers, lotto tickets, as well as liquor. They will also provide morning and afternoon tea as well as lunch. Like all good old fashioned general stores, they will just about doing anything including dry cleaning, photo...

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  • The Chittering Museum

    This is a little museum just off the Gt Northern Highway and you almost miss it. It was donated to the people of Chittering by former residents and stands to represent 40 years of collecting. Many of the items relate to the pioneer Glover family of Mooliabeenie. There are variety of bits and pieces from rocks, gems and model cars to kitchen...

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  • Pearce Air Force Base

    South of Bindoon is the town of Bullsbrook - Home of the R.A.A.F. station of Pearce. The base is for pilot training and is commanded through Air Force Training Command. The Base is also home to a number of Air Command Units . Air support for Navy and Army units who are located in or deployed to West Australia is also provided here. The Base also...

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New Norcia Favorites

  • pax! at new norcia

    the history of new norcia just begun whenever spaniards monk dom rosendo salvado followed dom jose benito serra going to cava, near salerno, italy to have monastic profession in 1838. under authorities of rome, they accept missionary vow to be sent anywhere and their first appointment is meet up with first bishop of perth, reverend john...

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  • Heritage Trail Walk

    The trail extends along 2km and allows you take in more of the interesting buildings in the town. This is a ‘do it yourself’ walk and can take a leisurely 2 – 3 hours. There is an optional 1.7km walk along the River but is not suitable for families with prams/pushchairs. At times when the water levels are high, a river crossing may not be possible.

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  • The Benedictine Rule

    The Benedictine way of life was established in Italy during the sixth century by St Benedict who became disillusioned with the world, and chose to live as a hermit in a cave at Subiaco, near Rome. After a period of seclusion, he began to develop a regular and disciplined way of life which largely involved prayer. As an old man, he decided to write...

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