|The Monastery at New Norcia|
New Norcia is Australia's only monastic town, founded in 1847, and a fabulous place to visit. The buildings are beautiful, though the countryside around is very dry and sparse. The monks go quietly about their business, tending the gardens and olive grove, making olive oil (which you can buy when there has been a good harvest).
You can also buy New Norcia wine, Port, Shiraz and Liqueur Muscat here. The grapes are grown in a local vineyard, and turned into wine in the Swan Valley near Perth. They then mature it in the old wine cellars under the Monastery. There is a bakery with 2 wood-fired ovens, both over 100 years old. This is operated by a private company under an agreement with the Benedictine Community. And happily you can buy bread, cakes, biscuits and pastries from them.
If you get to W.A., take a drive to New Norcia and check it out. You can even go on retreat here, or stay in the local hotel. Well worth a look.
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