Between Mount Victoria and Lithgow on the highway that descends from the heights of the Blue Mountains, Hartley is a charming, frozen-in-time village that comes straight from the colonial era. Hartley’s historic buildings have survived in remarkable condition.

One of the historic highlights of Hartley Vale is the Comet Inn, one of a dozen pubs at the time when this was a thriving mining village. Built in about 1879, this two-storey inn is now a handsome guesthouse with a licensed restaurant, decorated throughout in a full-blown Victorian style.

Hartley Historic Site - Lithgow Area - Blue Mountains

This area was once notorious for bushrangers and cattle thieves and if they could speak, the walls of Hartley Courthouse would tell some terrifying tales. Today, under the management of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Greek Revival style courthouse is open for guided tours daily except Mondays.

The 8km walk between Mount York and Hartley Vale is one of the state’s classic bushwalking trails. From Mount York, accessible by road from Mount Victoria township, the track partially follows the original route of the road cut from the heights of the Blue Mountains down to the western plains, with many historic reminders along the way as well as sensational scenery.

St. Bernard's Presbytery at twilight - Hartley

The River Walk begins near Corney's Garage and follows the rocky slopes of the hillside as it drops towards the Lett River, passing the remains of Rowson’s Hut before returning to the village. The walk incorporates a 200 metre boardwalk constructed largely from recycled materials. Unchanged from colonial times, the river gully is still home to a platypus colony.

St John the Evangelist Anglican Church was designed by William Blackett, the colonial architect responsible for a number of gothic-style sandstone churches in and around Sydney. This church is reputed to be where the poet Andrew Barton “Banjo” Patterson, author of Waltzing Matilda and The Man From Snowy River, was christened.


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  1. Guido Paints Portland Silos

    Thursday 29 March 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018 , Lithgow

    Australian-born, internationally renowned visual artist, Guido van Helten has been commissioned to paint a large-scale mural on the eight-bin silos that dominate the local landscape. Commissioned by AWJ Civil as an introductory aspect at T…

    29 Mar - 29 Apr
  2. Jimeoin – The Ridiculous (Lithgow)

    Thursday 17 May 2018 , Lithgow

    From the ridiculous to the hilarious, come and see Jimeoin’s new show as he takes you into the brain of one the world’s best stand up comedians and masters of observational humour. Jimeoin is acclaimed as one of the hottest stand-up comics…

    17 May
  3. Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Marathon

    Event dates to be confirmed: June 2018 , Lithgow

    The Glow Worm Tunnel Trail Running Weekend includes events for the whole family, all on some of the most pristine trails and in one of the most amazing National Parks in Australia. The event caters for runners and the entire family. Cam…

    16 Jun - 17 Jun