Arts, culture and heritage in Hartley
Hartley features one of the finest collections of historic buildings in Australia. The town is set in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.
Hartley, Little Hartley and Hartley Vale have melded together into a perfectly preserved township known as Hartley Historic Village on the western side of the Blue Mountains.
The small villages are made up of a number of colonial buildings that seem to be frozen in time – somewhere in the middle of the 19th century.
The village, which includes several historic inns, a courthouse, church and post office, provides a fascinating look into colonial architecture.
What is left today of the time when Hartley was a thriving community – a gold rush in 1856 saw the town double in size – is a remarkable remnant of the original town, hardly changed since the 19th century.
Nearby, Lithgow, Mount Victoria and Blackheath are worth a visit.
Hartley Valley Tearooms
High tea at the Hartley Valley tearooms. Image Andrew Wilson, Lithgow City Council
Hassans Walls Lookout
Hassans Walls Lookout Blue Mountains, Image Lithgow Tourism
Hartley historic site
Historic buildings at the Hartley historic site. Image Suzanne Lollback, Lithgow City Council