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Hartley Historic Site


Step into this historic inland settlement on a guided tour or school excursion, among the sandstone buildings of Hartley Historic Site, on the western edge of the Blue Mountains.

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Step back in time within the historic village of Hartley set into the western edge of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Set among pastures, orchards, native plants and nineteenth and twentieth-century cottage gardens, the village’s lovely sandstone buildings preserve an important piece of history: the settlement of inland Australia.

Seventeen buildings tell the story of the village, from the 1837 Greek Revival courthouse to Corneys Garage, built in 1945 of timber and iron. Explore the artefacts and family histories, find out about the region’s past at the visitor centre, or enjoy a picnic in the absolute serenity of historic Hartley.

In recognition of Hartley’s heritage significance, an exciting revitalisation plan is being developed, with improved facilities and new exhibition spaces. There are already a number of fascinating tours and events held at Hartley, so call ahead to get involved.

Highlights in this park

  • Hartley Courthouse quarters, Hartley Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer

    Hartley Courthouse

    This fine example of colonial architecture allows you to imagine the convicts, magistrates and members of the public passing through its doors. Book i...

  • Hartley Visitor Centre, Hartley Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer

    Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre

    Stop in at Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre to find out about the history of the buildings and town, book tours, and stock up on snacks and drinks...

  • St Bernards Church and churchyard, Hartley Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer

    St Bernards Church

    Take a tour or arrange a wedding at St Bernards Church in Hartley, a lovingly preserved example of colonial sandstone architecture.

  • Judges deliver their verdict at Hartley Courthouse. Photo: OEH

    Inbound study tour: Hartley Historic Site

    Step back in time as you take an in-depth study tour of Hartley Historic Site. Explore a rare and significant collection of 19th and early 20th centur...


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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken


  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Hartley Historic Site is open every day except Monday (group bookings accepted on Mondays by prior arrangement), but may have to close at times due to fire danger or school bookings.

    Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.20pm.

    Phone: (02) 6355 2117
    Fax: (02) 6355 2118

    • Hartley Historic Site
      (02) 6355 2117
      Contact hours: 10am-4.20pm daily (closed Mondays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
    • Farmers Inn, Old Bathurst Road, Hartley NSW
    • Email:
      Fax: (02) 6355 2118
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Building, Hartley Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer