Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre

Hartley Historic Site

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Overview

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.

Type
Visitor centres
Where
51 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley, NSW, 2790 - in Hartley Historic Site
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4.20pm. Closed on Mondays, Public Holidays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

What to
bring
Drinking water

Drop into Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre before you tour the village. As well as providing all the information you will need about Hartley’s buildings and history, it stocks a range of Australian souvenirs, snacks and drinks. Changing historical and art exhibitions give fascinating insights into the story of Hartley – spend some time checking out the old photographs and imagining the bustle of this little town in its heyday.

Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre is itself housed in a colonial building: the Farmers Inn. The central portion of this single-storey building, corresponding with the verandah, was the original part of the house. At either end of the building are added rooms, which were probably built when the building became an inn in about 1865. Some original iron roof survives today, as well as the chimneys.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/visitor-centres/hartley-historic-site-visitor-centre/local-alerts

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 Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre.

Getting there and parking

On entering Hartley Historic Site:

  • Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre is on Old Bathurst Road, opposite Hartley Courthouse and next to St Bernard’s Church.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Street parking is available close to Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre. Bus parking is available.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you at Hartley Historic Site. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

Enjoy the village as the days grow warmer and the trees are in blossom.

Summer

Bring the kids in the school holidays and step inside the amazing coolness of Hartley Courthouse, with its thick sandstone walls.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

12°C and 25°C

Highest recorded

38.4°C

Winter temperature

Average

1°C and 13°C

Lowest recorded

–8°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

179mm

Facilities

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area. Wheelchair-users can enter via back door with assistance.

Permitted

Pets

  • Dogs are permitted in Hartley Historic Site, but you’ll need to keep them on a leash at all times.

Prohibited

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Visitor centre

Nearby towns

Hartley (44 km)

The small village of Hartley features one of the finest collections of historic buildings in Australia, providing a captivating look into the country's colonial past.

www.visitnsw.com

Katoomba (58 km)

Katoomba is at the heart of most of the stunning natural attractions that make up the Blue Mountains National Park. You can admire deep valleys, sandstone plateaus, waterfalls and native animals from the many walking trails and lookouts near Katoomba.

www.visitnsw.com

Lithgow (45 km)

Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre 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 Hartley Courthouse is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. 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 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.

Education resources (1)

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