New Norcia Travel Guide

  • New Norcia Monastry
    New Norcia Monastry
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    Farmhouse ruins
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  • New Norcia Monastry
    New Norcia Monastry
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New Norcia Things to Do

  • 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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  • spending a day in new norcia

    the best way to discover new norcia is join a guided tour. because you have opportunity to pay a visit and enjoy the beauty lies behind the locked doors of several buildings -- which only can be opened by permission from the monks or in the other words, not open for public.just take daily guided town tour of new norcia, served twice daily at 11 am...

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  • Monks Cell

    Within this monks cell are the contents of Dom James Carrasco, one of the last Spanish monks of New Norcia. He resided at the monastery for 65 years. In his resume he described himself as a ‘helping hand’ (1931-32), gardener (1932-37), driver (1936-42), refectory caretaker (1942 - ). His special leisure activity was watch and clock repairs and in...

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  • St Josephs

    St Josephs was loosely termed an orphanage as the majority of girls had parents Over its history between 600 and 1,000 Aboriginal girls attended the school and at any one time, around 50 were in residence and largely from the New Norcia area. It was a tradition of local families to put their girls into St Josephs to be trained and educated and...

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  • The Abbey Press

    The Abbey Press is printing department of the monastery and began during the late 1940’s. After using a Platen Press, flat-bed presses and a Linotype machine, a decision was make to move to offset printing during the 1960’s. Throughout much of the years, only one monk operated the Press and it was his full time job. In 1994, the Press decided to go...

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  • The New Flour Mill

    This newer flour mill was built in 1879 when the old mill became too small and is supposed to be the oldest working flour mill in Western Australia. The mill was partially restored in 1988 and there is a display on the first floor. The mill is still operational today and the flour from the mill is used to produce the bread baked in the monastery...

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  • The Old Flour Mill

    The old flour mill was built in the 1850 and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in New Norcia. The original wooden shingles can be seen under the eaves. During the early days of New Norcia, the old flour mill was surrounded by shearing sheds, stables, storehouses and workshops although they were all destroyed during this century.

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  • 19th Century Sundial

    On the north side wall is a fine 19th century sundial. The building is still today used by the police of New Norcia and they cover a total area of 2,500 sq kms which includes the small towns of Calingiri, Yerecoin, Mogumber and Piawaning.

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  • The Old Novitiate

    When the community of New Norcia started to expand during the 1870’s, the Novitiate was constructed in 1876 to provide separate accommodation for the Novices. The building was then used for accommodation for guests and visiting workmen. During the 1950’s the building was used as a Police Station. The interior is largely intact but the original...

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  • Incredible Artist

    Again, Spanish Fr Lesmes Lopez was responsible for the large beautiful painting over the altar in St Ildephonsus chapel.

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  • St Ildephonsus Chapel

    The small Chapel in St Ildephonsus is just beautiful. There are wonderful frescoes which adorn the walls and the ceilings. Every inch is covered with crafted woodwork and artworks.

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  • The Memorabilia Room

    The Memorabilia Room is off to the left of the entrance and has displays in it of the early years of St Ildephonsus and the boys that resided there. There is a sample of the old school uniform as well as sporting trophies and pendants.

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  • St Ildephonsus Dining Rooms

    In the 1970’s the St Ildephonsus amalgamated with St Gertrude’s to become part of a co-educational boarding school. The old boarding school today also offers extensive dining and activity spaces for large groups. This is just the small dining room.

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  • Marcellin Champagnat

    In front of the entrance to St Ildephonsus is a white statue depicting the Blessed Marcellin Champagnat who was the founder of the Marist Brothers in France during the early 19th Century.

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New Norcia Restaurants

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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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    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

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    • Architecture
    • Road Trip

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New Norcia Warnings and Dangers

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    by ukirsari Updated Apr 2, 2008

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    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 pictures of the gift shop. but not inside the museum. it's not allowed."

    so i pay respect not taking pictures in the 1st floor to 3rd floor. of course new norcia's museum provided superb displays, including collection of 17th - 18th centuries religious paintings and monks' interiors to aboriginal children handy-crafts. but heart and mind still can remember anything inside there, isn't it? :)

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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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The Monks
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Internment
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The Abbey Church
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The Confessional
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St Joseph's Orphanage Exhibition
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National Blake Prize
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