Hartley Historic Site

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Overview

Step into this historic inland settlement among the sandstone buildings of Hartley Historic Site, on the western edge of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow. Stay in the newly renovated historic cottages. The village also offers a gallery, cafe and tours.

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Step back in time within the historic village of Hartley set into the western edge of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Set among pastures, orchards, native plants and nineteenth and twentieth-century cottage gardens, the village’s lovely sandstone buildings preserve an important piece of history: the settlement of inland Australia.

Seventeen buildings tell the story of the village, from the 1837 Greek Revival courthouse to Corneys Garage, built in 1945 of timber and iron. 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.

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 get involved.

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Contact

  • 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.

    • Hartley Visitor Centre
      02 6355 2117
      Contact hours: 10am to 4.20pm daily. Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
    • Farmers Inn, 51 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley 2790
    • Email: hartley@environment.nsw.gov.au
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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Hartley Historic Site.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Mt Victoria:

    • Travel west along the Great Western Highway
    • Turn left into the village 4km after Little Hartley

    Park entry points

    Parking

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    There is no public transport available to Hartley Historic Site.

    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

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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).

    Permitted

    Pets

    You can walk your dog at this location. See other regional parks in NSW that have dog walking areas.

    Visitor centre

    Nearby towns

    Hartley (1 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

    Lithgow (14 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

    Mount Victoria (30 km)

    One of the best ways to enjoy the stunning natural scenery of the Blue Mountains is on the clifftop drive between Katoomba and Wentworth Falls. Lookouts, picnic areas and walking trails sprinkle the drive.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Hartley Historic Site is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    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 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 Take a tour or arrange a wedding at St Bernards Church in Hartley, a lovingly preserved example of colonial sandstone architecture.

    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.

    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.

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    What we're doing

    Hartley Historic Site has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.