New Norcia - WA

  Populated Place


DEG: -30.969351 116.216103
DMS: 30º 58' 9.66" S 116º 12' 57.97" E
UTM: 50 J 6573531mN 425139mE
Altitude: 216.31m


Place Type

Population - Populated Place


114.08kms North of Perth - Driving 144 km (1 hour 41 mins)

Address & Contact

345-347 Great Northern Hwy
New Norcia WA 6509
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
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New Norcia is a town in Western Australia, 132 km north of Perth, along the Great Northern Highway. It is situated next to the banks of the Moore River, in the Shire of Victoria Plains.

On 1 March 1846, a Benedictine mission to the local aborigines was started about 8 km to the north, led by the two Spanish Benedictines, Rosendo Salvado and Joseph Serra. Within a year the mission was moved to where the town is today, and on 1 March 1847 the foundation stone of the monastery was laid. The place was named New Norcia, after Norcia in Italy, the birthplace of St Benedict.

New Norcia is the only monastic town in Australia. A ground station for the European Space Agency is located 8 km south of the town.

New Norcia is Western Australia's only monastic town where Spanish Monks originally arrived in 1846 establishing their mission to the local Aborigines.
It's rather Mediterranean style of buildings seem somewhat out of place there among the Australian bush but somehow there is a sense of peace and solitude which is rather alluring.

While sitting outside the towns art gallery I noticed a dozen or so swallow looking like birds flying in and out of a little storage room and thought how nice it was that the birds could nest undisturbed in such a place.
It seemed kind of fitting that they should be there.
We didn't see any monks as we wandered around the town but had a bit of a chuckle when I remarked that "The monks had been there for over 150 years!" to which Jackson with big round eyes asked "How did they live to be THAT old!"
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TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Wongan Hills
Distance from New Norcia 48.67km E
Mean Max. °C34.634.031.026.421.618.117.017.920.625.129.032.4
Mean Min. °C17.818.216.413.
Mean Rain mm14.315.320.322.252.670.869.451.529.419.912.410.2

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