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.
The small village consists of a number of colonial buildings that seem to be frozen in time â somewhere in the middle of the 19th century. It includes several historic inns, a courthouse, a church and a post office, all of which provide a fascinating look into colonial architecture.
What's left today of the time when Hartley was a thriving community â a gold rush in 1856 saw the town double in size â is a remarkable remnant of the original town, hardly changed since the 19th century.
Planning an overnight visit? Hartley features a couple of cosy accommodation options. From there, step back in time for a bit of colonial Australiana or get back to nature at nearby Wollemi National Park.
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Wollemi National Park, near Hartley, features spectacular canyons, cliffs and undisturbed forest. Image Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW
High tea at the Hartley Valley tearooms. Image Andrew Wilson, Lithgow City Council
Historic buildings at the Hartley historic site. Image Suzanne Lollback, Lithgow City Council