134 kms. North of Perth on the Great Northern Highway.
New Norcia is a special place. It gently surprises and delights. It has a core integrity of monastic purpose, wrapped in layers of apparent contradictions that beg to be quietly explored. Most importantly, its community of monks continues to balance their personal spiritual search with a desire to share the history and natural gifts of their home with all who seek a respite from the world. -For further information see www.newnorcia.wa.edu.au/monastery
The Ruston Hornsby is Size 10HRE (E for electric hence to a heavy flywheel as it was connected to a generator to supply 440 volt power to the service station) Engine No 433326 Bore 13.5 inches 75HP RPM250 It is the largest of that type before they went into multiple cylinders. The engine, manufactured circa late 1940's 1950's was installed second hand around 1958 by the Shell Oil Company to power the roadhouse and hotel de-commissioned in 1972 when the WASEC grid came through.
Your Day at New Norcia.
Here are a few suggestions to help you best experience New Norcia in a day:
The Ruston engine, which is situated behind the Roadhouse, can be viewed through the window, by the machinery enthusiast.
12pm - Join the monks for Midday Prayer in the Monastery Chapel (20 mins)
1.30pm - Repeat of Guided Walking Town Tour (2hrs)
2.30pm - Join the monks for Afternoon Prayer if you wish in the Monastery Chapel (15mins, not on Sundays)
Wander the New Norcia Heritage Trail and see the old Apiary and Bishop's Well or just enjoy the quiet of the country.
The monks of New Norcia continue a 1500 year old tradition of sharing their home with guests. They are self-sufficient and receive no regular funding. All income from your day at New Norcia is gratefully received and is used by the monks in the operation and preservation of their home - Australia's only monastic town.
There's more than just a day to New Norcia! If you would like to spend a few days there, there are several options for accommodation at New Norcia or camping.
W.A. MUSEUMS & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS.
The following list of Museums and Private collections may be of some benefit to those of you driving across from the east; or spending some time exploring our vast state, which will make your trip to Western Australia a memorable one. Please ensure that your make a phone call before turning up to avoid disappointment and perhaps a long drive. Many small museums find it difficult finding staff to man their museums and are only open for limited hours or by appointment, and the same applies to private collections.
Be sure to ask what else there is to see when paying a visit; some of the locals may have some well kept secrets. Craft shops are also a great way to keep the Ladies on side, and try to look happy when they keep you waiting.
The Golden Pipeline - This runs from Mundaring near Perth to Kalgoorlie with many places of interest along the way.
Check out the National Trust Website for other places of interest.
Private Collections, Don't forget to ring first.