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St Bernards Church

Hartley Historic Site

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St Bernards Church is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Take a tour or arrange a wedding at St Bernards Church in Hartley, a lovingly preserved example of colonial sandstone architecture.

Historic buildings/places
47 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley, NSW, 2790 - in Hartley Historic Site
Opening times

St Bernards Church is:

  • Open for pre-booked tours or Catholic services
  • Please contact Hartley Historic Site on (02) 6355 2117 or email for further information.
Hire this venue

St Bernards Church is available for events and function hire.

Please note
  • Catholic ceremonies are held at St Bernards with prior arrangement
  • Other denominations may hold services with the approval of the Parish Priest
  • For tours, please book ahead on (02) 6355 2117.

The beautiful pale sandstone St Bernards Church was built by local stonemason Alexander Binning, probably from a Gothic prototype. Before it was built, services had to be held in Hartley Courthouse, with the first priest arriving from Ireland in 1838. The stonework was completed in 1846, but the windows and altar came later.

The church was used continuously until 1963 and is still consecrated and in fine condition. Occasional services such as weddings and funerals are still held in the lovely old building and the Catholic Church retains the rights for its use. You can take a tour when it isn't in use for a service.

St Bernard’s is a well-preserved and very pretty church, and well worth a look around. You can also take great photographs in the grounds for any occasion, even just a day trip.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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  • 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.

See more visitor info
St Bernard's Church, Hartley Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer