Old Trahlee

Hartley Historic Site

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Old Trahlee offers unique accommodation in a charmingly restored colonial cottage in Hartley Historic Site, at the foot of the Blue Mountains.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cottage
Where 33 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley, NSW, 2790 - in Hartley Historic Site
Bedrooms 3
Maximum guests 6
Facilities Picnic tables, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • Minimum stays may apply.
Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in from 2.30pm. Check out before 10am.
  • You'll be given PIN codes to access the cottage 1 week before your stay
  • You can pick up supplies at nearby shops in Lithgow.
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Built between 1846 and 1854, Old Trahlee is the perfect place for your next family holiday with the kids to discover Australia’s colonial past. Surrounded by pastures, heritage orchards, cottage gardens and delightful sandstone buildings, Old Trahlee is one of 17 historic buildings in historic Hartley village.

Sleeping up to 6 people, the cottage has been renovated with all the comforts of modern living, while keeping its historic charm. With bunk beds and a baby's cot, we've got the kids covered, so bring the whole family.

Stay in piece of Australia's history, and explore the beautiful buildings at your own pace. Take a self-guided tour of the Hartley Courthouse and St Bernard's Catholic Church, or pop into the Old Post Office Café.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/old-trahlee/local-alerts


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Park info

  • in Hartley Historic Site in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Hartley Historic Site is open every day but may have to close at times due to fire danger or school bookings.

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

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Old Trahlee.

Getting there and parking

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    Old Trahlee is located in Hartley Historic Site, just over 2 hours west of Sydney, and only 20 mins from Lithgow.

    To get there from Sydney:

    • Travel along the Great Western Highway towards Lithgow
    • Turn left into the village at the Historic Site signs, 4km after Little Hartley.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    There's a driveway parking spot for 1 small car, and 2 on-street parking spaces in front of the cottage.


    • The cottage has a dining room with television, lounge room with television, 4 bedrooms, gas heating and verandah.
    • There's no television signal but you can still play DVDs
    • The bathroom has a shower, toilet, underfloor heating and heated towel racks.
    • The kitchenette has 2 hotplates, oven, kettle, toaster, microwave and a fridge. 
    • There's a laundry with washing machine, dryer and tub.
    • Bedding configutation: 1 double bed (disabled access); 1 double bed; 1 single bunk bed, 1 baby cot (0–4yrs).
    • All bed linen and towels are provided, including pillows and pillow cases.
    • Please leave the property clean and tidy, with all kitchen items washed up and put away. Additional fees may be charged if unreasonable cleaning is required or for missing/broken items.
    • Rubbish bins are available in the kitchen
    • There is mobile phone reception in the cottage but the signal might be weak in some areas. There's no Wi-Fi.


    • Flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    Drinking water


    • Hot showers

    Electric power

    Maps and downloads


    Disability access level - easy

    There is standard wheelchair access to half of Old Trahlee:

    • Toilet facilities are wheelchair-accessible.
    • One bedroom is wheelchair-accessible.
    • The kitchen, dining table and lounge are wheelchair-accessible.
    • Pathways and entry to the house are wheelchair-accessible.


    Amplified music is prohibited.

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Visitor centre

    Learn more

    Old Trahlee is in Hartley Historic Site. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Aboriginal meeting place

    Hartley Court House, Hartley Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer

    Hartley was once a meeting place for the Wiradjuri from the west and Gundungurra tribes from the east. In colonial times, Hartley Courthouse served as a mustering point for Aboriginal people.

    Excellent bushwalking on historic roads

    Picnic area in Hartley Historic Site. Photo: Christina Bullivant

    The Hartley area is great for bushwalking along the early roads. After your visit to the village, you may like to set out on Lawson's Long Alley, Lockyer's Pass or Berghofer's Pass. Check out the Lithgow Town and Around website for details. The rural setting of Hartley is welcoming and peaceful – perfect for a picnic or a satisfying stroll. Explore the interesting remnants of heritage plantings surrounding the buildings in the village and keep an eye out for the many birds that thrive amid the gardens and native forest.

    • 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.

    The story of settlement

    Ivy Cottage, Hartley Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer

    This exceptionally well-maintained village is of national historical significance as a substantial early nineteenth-century settlement. It tells modern visitors a great deal about the expansion of European development in inland Australia and the beautiful old buildings illustrate the changing role and fortunes of Hartley from first settlement of the inland to the beginning of the motor transport era. You can find out all sorts of interesting facts at the visitor centre and educational groups can book tours with advance notice on (02) 6355 2117.

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

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