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St Bernards Church

Hartley Historic Site


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

Venue is suitable for
Wedding ceremonies
Maximum people: 40
Picnic tables, drinking water, toilets, electric power

For fee information, please email the Events and Venues Unit or
phone (02) 9585 6570.

Venue available for exclusive hire
A completed application form should be received at least 6 months in advance of the event in order to assure availability of your preferred venue and date(s) and adequate time for the review process by NPWS. Initial assessment of the event application, site plan and supporting documentation may take 2-3 weeks. Please contact the Events and Venues Unit for information regarding cancellations.

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.

Well-preserved and offering a glimpse into Australia’s colonial history, St Bernards Church is one of Sydney’s historic wedding venues and an ideal event venue hire option. It also provides an impressive backdrop for photographs, so you can remember your special day for years to come.

For directions, safety and practical information, see venue info

Park info

  • in Hartley Historic Site in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Hartley Historic Site is open every day except Monday (group bookings accepted on Mondays by prior arrangement), but may have to close at times due to fire danger or school bookings.

    Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre is open from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.20pm.

    • Hartley Visitor Centre
      02 6355 2117
      Contact hours: 10am to 4.20pm daily. Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
    • Farmers Inn, Old Bathurst Road, Hartley NSW 2790
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Hartley Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer