Hartley Courthouse

Hartley Historic Site

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Overview

Providing a rare vivid glimpse into Australia’s colonial past, Hartley Courthouse is the perfect venue for history buffs, or for those just looking for a venue hire option with a uniquely historic flavour.

Where
44 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley, NSW, 2790 - in Hartley Historic Site
Venue is suitable for
Arts and cultural events, private party or function and wedding ceremonies
Capacity
Maximum people: 40
The venue can hold 40 people for indoor events and 100 people for outdoor events.
Facilities
Picnic tables, carpark, toilets
Fees

$850 for use of the internal building, including a rehearsal day on either side. Outdoor wedding ceremonies are $375 for a 3 hour booking.

Availability
Available to hire 7 days a week except 25 and 31 December, and 1 January.
Venue not available for exclusive hire
The space outside the front of the courthouse is available for non-exclusive hire only. The internal courthouse building can be hired exclusively.
Bookings
Bookings are required. To make a booking or for more information contact Hartley Visitor Centre.
Other Information
  • The outdoor space in front of the courthouse can be hired for non-exclusive events such as wedding ceremonies.
  • The courthouse building can be hired exclusively for wedding ceremonies and events.

Hartley Courthouse was designed by colonial architect Mortimer Lewis in the Grecian Revival style. Still largely intact and constructed solidly of locally quarried sandstone, it’s an imposing building, as it was designed to be, and provides an impressive backdrop to any wedding or special event.

The building’s 3 doorways provided entrances for prisoners, the public and magistrates, and today, visitors can explore the cellblock that housed prisoners and convicts. Many notorious bushrangers and cattle thieves were kept here inside these cells, with their bars and bolts still in position. You can just imagine the thoughts of men that were once used to roaming the country being locked up tight in this remote prison.

As the convict system faded into history, and Hartley was bypassed by the new railway, the need for a courthouse here diminished. Benefits were held in this grand old building during World War II, and nowadays you and your guests can wander through this historic building, celebrating your special day while contemplating Australia’s vivid colonial past.

For directions, safety and practical information, see venue info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/hartley-courthouse/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.

See more info on the venue

Venue info

All the practical information you need to know about Hartley Courthouse.

Getting there and parking

You'll find Hartley Courthouse on the right as you enter Hartley Historic Site.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Facilities

Venue hire inclusions:

  • Courtroom furniture including 12 chairs
  • 1 day of wedding rehearsal in the week prior to the event

Please return the courthouse back to its original state after your event. There may be a fee if excessive waste is left behind, if the building or furniture is damaged, or if significant cleaning is required.

Toilets

The toilets are a 2min walk from the church, behind the Post Office building.

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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

There's a portable wheelchair ramp. Assistance may be required to access this area.

Permitted

Food and drink:

Celebratory drinks and canapes are permitted outside the church only.

Plant materials

Flower arrangements containing no seed material. A florist can arrange this for you on request.

Structures, staging, furniture and amusements

Outdoor events:

  • Weighted free-standing decorative items such as bridal arches, red carpet and columns.
  • 15 chairs with rail-style legs and 3 tables no larger than 3m square

Commercial filming and photography

  • 1 photographer and 1 photographer's assistant, 1 videographer and 1 videographer's assistant
  • Commercial photography and video, including drone use, may be permitted on application. You’ll need a small-scale photography license.

Power, lighting and amplified sounds

Internal power is available. A small public address system may be used.

Pets

You can bring your dog to Hartley Historic Site, but it must be kept on a leash and outside of buildings.

Prohibited

Alterations to the existing internal or external fabric of the building are not permitted:

  • Tacks, nails, florist putty or similar are not to be used as part of any decoration.
  • Please do not attach decorations to the walls
  • Signs associated with your event must not be attached to any NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service asset, including signs, posts or trees.

Confetti, plant materials and rice are not permitted, including:

  • Decorations consisting of flowers or plant materials that contain seeds or vines and exotic plant materials
  • Throwing rice or petals

Candles and open flames are not permitted.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Visitor centre