Hartley historical tour
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), History, Hartley Historic Site
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.
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Students will participate in a mock trial, spend time in a gaol cell and hear stories of Hartley’s colonial history. Hartley, on the edge of Blue Mountains National Park, was a pivotal place when settlement moved west beyond the Great Dividing Range. The rise and fall of the town coincides with major happenings such as the Gold Rush, the birth of the coal and oil industries and the introduction of rail travel.
As students investigate the story of Hartley and the surrounding farms, they’ll gain a rich insight into Australian colonial life, including its impact on the environment and existing Indigenous residents.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 3 (Years 5-6)|
HT3-1. Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
HT3-2. Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
HT3-5. Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication
Monday to Friday during school term. 1hr 30min to 2hrs, depending on group size.
- Guided. Also available on request.
- 1.5-2 hr
- Easy. Students will be moving between closely situated buildings in a village setting.
$11 per student (includes GST). Group minimum 60 students. Maximum 120 students.
- No wheelchair access
- Meeting point
- Outside the courthouse, Hartley Historic Site.
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-3-history-hartley-historic-tour-hartley-historic-site/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains
- 02 4784 7301 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
- in Hartley Historic Site in the Sydney and surrounds region
Hartley Historic Site is open every day but access may be limited at times due to fire danger, school bookings or organised events.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Hartley historical tour.
Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
Students are separated into groups of 20
Each group will visit the following 3 venues:
- Courthouse: Students learn about the role of justice, crime and punishment in Hartley, and participate in a mock trial.
- Gaol: Students experience how settlers were imprisoned and punished and spend time in a real gaol cell.
- Church: Students explore the everyday life of local farmers and settlers, and consider the role of religion and the broader impact of the colony.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
From Mt Victoria:
- Travel west along the Great Western Highway
- Turn left into the village 4km after Little Hartley
There is parking at Hartley Courthouse and Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre. Coach parking available.
What to bring
Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, lunch and drinking water (there is no drinking water available at Hartley Historic Site. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags), and take their rubbish with them.
Maps and downloads
Risk assessment and risk benefits
Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.
We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.
Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.
Disability access level - no wheelchair access
Entry to buildings involves stairs.