Day 1: Perth to New Norcia
(130 kilometres/2 hours)
New Norcia, Australia’s only monastic town, is your first stop
along the Monsignor Hawes Trail. This peaceful place is home to a
community of Benedictine monks and famous for its Spanish architecture
and collection of religious art works, not to mention gourmet breads
and olive oil. Check out the Museum and Art Gallery, take a walking
tour and enjoy a cooling drink on the wide verandah of the New Norcia
Accommodation options: Stay overnight in the hotel, or check in to the quiet retreat of Monastery Guesthouse.
Church of Saint Joseph, Perenjori
Day 2: New Norcia to Morawa
(370 kilometres/4 hours)
Join the monks in prayer before heading north to Moora, stopping to
take in local heritage architecture on the Moora Town Walk. Wildflowers
colour the drive to Carnamah during spring. Enjoy lunch here before
travelling on to Perenjori to see the Monsignor Hawes-designed Church
of Saint Joseph. Perenjori is also home to the famous and unique Wreath
Leschenaultia which flowers during September and October. Continue to
Morawa and visit the Church of the Holy Cross, also designed by
Church of the Holy Cross
Catholic Church of the Holy Cross, Davis Street, corner Dreghorn
Street, Morowa: the is constructed of locally quarried stone with a
Swiss Pattern terracotta tiled roof with a small adjoining presbytery
built of local stone with a Pantile style terracotta tiled roof about
20 metres to the west of the church, both designed in an Inter-War
Romanesque style. Monsignor Hawes also supervised its construction in
Accommodation options: Hotel/motel, caravan park and farm stays.
Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth, Yalgoo
Day 3: Morawa to Geraldton
(350 kilometres/4 hours)
Drive north to historic Yalgoo and admire its well-preserved
colonial architecture and rich gold mining heritage. Spend time
exploring the museum, Court House and Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth,
designed by Monsignor Hawes.
Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth, Henty Street, Yalgoo: The building
is constructed of random rubble stone and has a tiled roof. It has
arched openings and two buttreses at the rear. Set on stone foundations
is a large shingled bell tower with a corrugated iron roof. From
Yalgoo, head west towards the coast, stopping at Mullewa’s
beautiful Monsignor Hawes church on the way to Geraldton. Monsignor
Hawes was based in Geraldton, working as a pioneer priest and architect
in the diocese between the great wars. One of his most important
buildings is located in the port city, the St Francis Xavier Cathedral.
The Priests House, Bowes St, Mullewa
The Priests House, Bowes St, Mullewa: Originally the home of
Monsignor J C Hawes while he was parish priest at our Lady of Mount
Carmel (Roman Catholic) Church, it was largely built by his own hands.
the house was constructed with stone walls, Cordova tiles and some
stained glass windows. Stonework is unrendered with square cut corner
stones. Heavy concrete verandah columns form a colonade to link the
church and the priest’s house.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Peter & St Paul Catholic Church, Mullewa
Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Peter & St Paul Catholic Church,
Doney St, Mullewa: This stone building of markedly ecclesiastical style
is recognised as the most significant Church designed by Monsignor
Hawes. It was largely built with his own hands when he was parish
priest at Mullewa.