Compiled with assistance from volunteer CAMPS ambassador, Michael Lennon
New Norcia, the only monastic town in Australia, is 132 km north of Perth. You can wander around beautiful old buildings – a very relaxing and quiet place to spend some time.
If you are ever in WA, I recommend that you pay a visit to New Norcia.
New Norcia Roadhouse
The area behind the roadhouse is suitable for up to seven caravans. This is the area for non-self-contained caravans and campers who need to connect to power. There is 24 hour access to amenities. Fees are $20 per night.
This is listed on the Camps Australia Wide App.
Alongside the Ovals
As you can see it is huge and level, and makes a great location for a caravan club to have a get together for up to seven days. This camping option is for self contained vehicles. Michael says showers are also available for a fee at the nearby roadhouse. Fees are $10 per night.
This is site WA 546 ‘New Norcia’ in Camps 10 or find it on the Camps Australia Wide App. Register at the museum or Roadhouse. Parking on the ovals, opposite the Roadhouse is not allowed, as it is used by visiting schools and needs to be clear of vehicles. In wet weather, this area may become waterlogged.
What to see and do?
- Take a town tour – your experienced guide will share the history and hidden artworks
- View Mission and Monastery memorabilia, botanic drawings, European and contemporary Australia art in the Museum and Art Gallery
- Join the monks in a Monastery oratory for prayers (six times daily)
- Meet a Benedictine Monk Saturdays 4.30pm in the Monastery Parlour
- Stroll along the Moore River to the old apiary
- Visit the Mission Cottages to learn about Aboriginal families who lived here
- Book into a retreat
- Visit the shop and bring home some of their bread or olive oil