Hartley Historic Site
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.
- 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
Maximum people: 40
The venue can hold 40 people for indoor events and 100 people for outdoor events.
- Picnic tables, carpark, toilets
$850 for use of the internal building, including a rehearsal day on either side. Outdoor wedding ceremonies are $375 for a 3 hour booking.
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 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 the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/hartley-courthouse/local-alerts
- 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.
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.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
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.
The toilets are a 2min walk from the church, behind the Post Office building.
- Flush toilets
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
There's a portable wheelchair ramp. Assistance may be required to access this area.
Food and drink:
Celebratory drinks and canapes are permitted outside the church only.
Flower arrangements containing no seed material. A florist can arrange this for you on request.
Structures, staging, furniture and amusements
- 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.
You can bring your dog to Hartley Historic Site, but it must be kept on a leash and outside of buildings.
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.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.