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Hartley Historic Site

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Overview

Step into this historic settlement among the sandstone buildings of Hartley Historic Site, on the western edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow. Stay in the renovated historic cottages, take a short walk, visit Talisman gallery, enjoy a tour, or hire St Bernards Church for a wedding.

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Set among pastures, orchards, and nineteenth and twentieth-century cottage gardens, the lovely sandstone buildings in Hartley Historic Site preserve an important piece of history. This well preserved 19th century village was one of the first rural settlements west of the Blue Mountains.

The site was originally established as an administrative and judicial centre for the region with the building of the Mortimer Lewis designed courthouse in 1837. Seventeen buildings tell the story of the village, from the 1837 Greek Revival courthouse, to Corneys Garage built of timber and iron in 1945 and now an antique shop.

Explore the artefacts and family histories, find out about the region’s past at the visitor centre, or enjoy a picnic in the absolute serenity of historic Hartley. Enjoy a short walk up to The Tor, a place of great significance to the local Aboriginal community with dreamy views looking down into the valley. Dogs are permitted in the village if held on a lead at all times.

Why not hire the courthouse or St Bernards Church for a unique wedding or event and take advantage of the scenic views? Old Trahlee and St Bernard's Presbytery are 2 rennovated cottages available for accommodation bookings in the village.

In recognition of Hartley’s heritage significance, an exciting revitalisation plan is being developed, with improved facilities and new exhibition spaces. There are already a number of fascinating tours and events held at Hartley, so call ahead to make a booking. 

Things to do:

Corneys Garage

Nestled in the heart of Hartley Historic Site is Corneys Garage. Browse through a beautiful selection of antiques, while enjoying an immersive shopping experience near Lithgow.

The exterior of Corney's Garage in Hartley Historic Site. Photo: Jennifer Leahy © DPIE

 

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General enquiries

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Hartley Historic Site is open every day but access may be limited at times due to fire danger, school bookings or organised events.

    • Hartley Visitor Centre
      02 6355 2117
      Contact hours: 10am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
    • Farmers Inn, 51 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley 2790
    • Email: hartley@environment.nsw.gov.au
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