St Bernard's Presbytery

Hartley Historic Site

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Stay at deluxe St Bernard’s Presbytery cottage for a romantic getaway. Located only 15 minutes from Mount Victoria, it’s the perfect spot to immerse yourself in Hartley Historic Site’s colonial past.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cottage
Where 45 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley, NSW, 2790 - in Hartley Historic Site
Bedrooms 2
Maximum guests 4
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power, balcony, kitchen, plates and cutlery, pots and pans, bed linen, heating, tv, towels, washing machine, rubbish bin
Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in from 2pm. 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.

Set on the hillside overlooking picturesque Hartley village, St Bernard’s offers beautifully restored accommodation, near the Blue Mountains and an easy drive from Sydney. 

Sleeping up to 4 guests, this sandstone cottage has been carefully renovated with all the comforts of modern living. You can cook up a feast in the fully-equipped kitchen, snuggle up on the Chesterfield lounge by the gas fire, and take a plunge in the spa bath, before a night in your very own four-poster bed. 

Surrounded by charming sandstone buildings, cottage gardens, rolling pastures and heritage orchards, it’s a great base to explore Hartley’s historic village and the western edge of the Blue Mountains. 

Art lovers will be in heaven with the nearby Key-Y-Ahn Art Gallery showing works by local Aboriginal artists. A short stroll away, Talisman Gallery showcases the masterful work of metal artist Ron Fitzpatrick.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Operated by

  • Hartley Visitor Centre
  • 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
  • 02 6355 2117
  • Farmers Inn, 51 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley 2790

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about St Bernard's Presbytery.

Getting there and parking

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    St Bernard’s Presbytery is located in Hartley Historic Site, just over 2 hours west of Sydney, and only 20 minutes 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.

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    Parking is available at the cottage for 1 car. There's also on-street parking available for another car.


    • Bedding configuration: 2 bedrooms: 1 queen size four poster bed; 2 king single beds, which can be converted to a king size bed. Contact the visitor centre in advance to request the king singles be converted to a king bed.
    • The bathroom has a spa bath, double shower, toilet, underfloor heating and heated towel racks.
    • Dining room and lounge room.
    • Please leave the property clean and tidy, with all kitchen items washed up and put away. You may be charged additional fees if unreasonable cleaning is required or for missing/broken items.
    • There is mobile phone reception but the signal may be weak in some areas. There's no Wi-Fi.


    • Flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

    Drinking water


    • Hot showers

    Electric power




    Plates and cutlery

    Pots and pans

    Bed linen


    Gas heating.


    There's a TV but there's no signal. You can use it to play DVDs.


    Washing machine

    Includes dryer.

    Rubbish bin

    Maps and downloads


    Disability access level - no wheelchair access


    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

    St Bernard's Presbytery 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 a guided tour through Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre.
    • 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.
    • Hartley historical tour On this interactive Stage 3 (Years 5-6) History excursion, students visit key sites in the Hartley Historic Site colonial village: the courthouse, the gaol and St Bernards Church. They'll explore the history of how this key colony developed and take part in fun re-enactments with our Discovery Rangers. 
    • 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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