Full Day New Norcia Benedictine History, Swan Valley Produce & Gourmet Afternoon Tea
A fascinating day out combining the history of Australia’s only Benedictine Abbey with the world renowned Swan Valley wine and local produce region.
Tour Code: NN-S
Lunch and afternoon tea Included
- Tour Highlights
New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery
A little piece of Spain comes alive in this town, full of history, art and architecture. The town’s main attraction is the museum and art gallery. In the museum you will find extraordinary artefacts dating back to when New Norcia was an Aboriginal mission, a hub for farming and a diverse town for education and culture.
New Norcia Abbey Church and St Gertrude’s College
The Abbey Church is home to one of only two large Moser organs, originally crafted in Germany, this organ was imported to Australia in the 1920s. Visit St Gertrude’s College, a grand gothic style building which was originally built as a girls boarding school and opened in 1908.
New Norcia Hotel
The New Norcia Hotel is an iconic landmark of the town filled with fascinating antique history. Whilst here enjoy a delicious fish and chips lunch with the opportunity to purchase a taster of the famous Abbey Ale.
Swan Valley Wine Region
The closest wine region to any capital city in Australia. The Swan Valley is world renowned for it’s long standing history in Western Australia’s wine industry, it is also commonly referred to as Perth’s Valley of Taste filled with a variety of providores offering such delights as chocolate, nougat and gourmet nuts.
Stop to view wildflowers throughout the tour whilst they are in season. Varieties include the orange flowering Christmas Tree, Kangaroo Paw, Banksia, Wattle and Everlastings.
Travel through the Swan Valley to New Norcia, Australia’s only monastic town which is renowned for its Benedictine Abbey. Drive through the town and learn of the intriguing history and culture of the community before stopping for morning tea. Next, we move on to the Abbey Church; home to one of only two large Moser organs originally crafted in Germany, followed by a visit to St Gertrude’s College, a grand gothic style building which was originally built as a girls boarding school and opened in 1908.
Afterwards, visit a produce shop for the chance to purchase Benedictine Community goods including olive oil, fruit, wine, New Norcia nut cake and breads. Alternatively, visit the museum and art gallery. Following this, enjoy an included fish and chips lunch at the historic New Norcia Hotel. From here, we visit the iconic Swan Valley, the closest wine region to any capital city in Australia to sample some of the region’s famed providores offering such delights as chocolate, nougat and gourmet nuts. End the day with a gourmet personalised Australian afternoon tea complete with wine at a stunning winery before an early evening return to Perth. Wildflower viewing stops are made in season.
Following afternoon tea, we return to Perth arriving at approximately 5:30pm.
There is no accommodation on this tour.
Below prices are valid until 31 March 2020:
- Adult $215
- Concession $194
- Child $120
Wildflower season commences September through to early November. Profusion of wildflowers depends on weather and other conditions, therefore we cannot guarantee sightings. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and your camera. Please advise of any dietary requirements.