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New Norcia & Chittering Valley

More time to explore Australia’s only Benedictine township

More time to explore Australia’s only Benedictine township.

New Norcia is a township of magnificent, Spanish-influenced, heritage-listed buildings, olive trees and church bells nestled in a picturesque valley in the heart of the Western Australian bush. Established 1847 by Spanish Benedictine monks as a mission for the Aboriginal people, New Norcia has been a centre of education for indigenous and non-indigenous children and is currently home to an active Benedictine monastic community. Great Western Coach Tours gives you more time to explore New Norcia on an in-depth, four-hour visit of this truly fascinating and unique destination. Combine this with a leisurely, scenic drive through the beautiful Chittering Valley and you will experience a truly wonderful day out.

Departs:  8.30am MON, WED, FRI      Returns: 5.30pm

TOUR CODE: GWCT 12

 

 

 

More time to ……

Explore Australia’s only Benedictine township

View an amazing display of paintings and artefacts

Purchase New Norcia produce at the Gift Shop

Enjoy a leisurely drive through the Chittering Valley

Plus:

Free pick up / drop off from Perth City accommodation

Coach touring and local guided tour with informative commentary


Tour Itinerary (9 Hours)

  • 1

    Welcome Aboard

    Pick ups from Perth City hotels and tour departure

  • 2

    Country Morning Tea

    Arrive at the country town of Bindoon for morning tea in a local park: a choice of coffees and teas, including herbal and decaffeinated infusions, biscuits and home-made cake or muffins.

  • 3

    Township Walking Tour

    Arrive New Norcia to join the 2-hour Township Walking Tour with your local guide: a wonderful opportunity to learn the unique history, photograph the amazing Spanish –influenced exteriors and see the hidden treasures kept behind closed doors of the many heritage buildings including the intricate work of Spanish woodcarver Juan Casellas and the stunning frescoes of monk-artist Fr Lesmes Lopez

  • 4

    Lunch – New Norcia Hotel

    A delicious two-course lunch awaits at the New Norcia Hotel: a majestic building built in 1927 as a hostel to accommodate visiting parents of pupils studying at St Gertrude’s (girls) and St Ildephonsus ‘ (boys) Colleges

  • 5

    Time to browse the Museum, Art Gallery and Gift Shop

    After lunch, take a leisurely stroll to the nearby Museum, Art Gallery and Gift Shop. You will have plenty of time to view the amazing collection of paintings by Spanish and Italian masters, priceless manuscripts, religious artefacts or be tempted by the Gift Shop displays of New Norcia bread, nut cake, almond biscotti, olive oil products and wines

  • 6

    Scenic Chittering Valley Drive

    On the return drive to Perth, we take the time to make a scenic detour through the undulating and very picturesque Chittering Valley. The vista changes at every turn as we wend our way past citrus orchards, grazing pastures, vineyards, spring-time wildflowers, hundreds of grasstrees and the meandering Brockman River

  • 7

    Tour concludes in Perth City Centre

    Drop offs at Perth City Hotels

Note: Times given are approximate and may differ due to weather conditions and/or unforeseen delays

A lovely day out

★★★★★
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This was a real surprise for us. We haven't visited a place like this before. The history was palpable and interesting. Our driver did well to prepare us with his engaging commentary and company. We appreciated that the return journey took another route - through the beautiful Chittering Valley. A lovely day out.


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