Toodyay is approximately 1 hour from Perth and can be accessed from a number of different roads by car or coach, from Perth; you have the option of taking Toodyay Road through Gidgegannup, the Great Eastern Highway via Clackline, or the scenic route along the Great Northern Highway and Julimar Road.
Ideal Location for Day Trippers
It is a place which is ideal for day trippers from the city and which offers enough historic buildings and old world charm to satisfy any urban dweller. Coast-hugging scenic drives, tall-tree forests, ancient canyons, rich heritage and outback plains filled with the world’s largest collection of wildflowers make Western Australia the perfect road-trip destination.
Located 132 km from Perth, New Norcia is a combination of a monastery, two schools, a church, and a number of tourist attractions. It is, by any measure, one of the architectural wonders of Western Australia.
When the Benedictine Monks established their mission on the banks of the Moore River they named it New Norcia after Norcia in Italy which was the birthplace of the order’s founder, St Benedict.
Things to see
New Norcia Heritage Trail
The most sensible way to explore New Norcia is to follow the two short heritage trails which are detailed in the New Norcia Heritage Trail.
Museum and Art Gallery
Any visit to New Norcia should include the major buildings in the complex. It is sensible to start at the Museum, Art Gallery and Shop where the Heritage Trail brochure can be purchased and where some of the treasures of the monastery are on display.
New Norcia Monastery
Then there is the Monastery which, although built in the early years of this century, is actually located on the site where the first mission building was constructed in 1847.
The Abbey Church is a wonderful example of bush architecture combining stones, mud plaster, rough-hewn trees, and wooden shingles.
Hire Car Tours from Perth to Toodyay
There are some good options for taking a hired car from Perth to Tooday. You can try Cheapy Car Rental, for low-cost daily rentals, visit their website:http://www.cheapycarrentals.com.au for more details.
Another car hire option is with Thrifty Car Hire, they have a wide range of cars to choose from based on your budget. Visit their website https://www.thrifty.com.au for more details.
Other options for travel
You can try the train services which are frequent between Perth and Toodyay or book Coach hire, whichever suits your taste.