Hartley

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. Black Night Feast

    Friday 26 October 2018 , Lithgow

    The Foundations, on the site former Portland Cement Works, has become a tourist destination in recent months since the painting of the silos by world famous artist, Guido Van Helten. The first event of it’s kind at the site will bring toge…

    26 Oct
  2. Lithgow Halloween

    Saturday 27 October 2018 , Lithgow

    This year’s Lithgow Halloween has a jam packed entertainment program with the great 80’s band The Cockroaches announced as the headline act. The band is excited! There will be lots to entertain the whole family with two live music stages, …

    27 Oct
  3. A Taste Of Irish Christmas Lithgow

    Sunday 16 December 2018 , Lithgow

    ‘A Taste of Irish Christmas’ hits the stage this December featuring stars directly from London’s West End. Witness the World Champions of Irish dance take to the stage for a magical night of tunes, taps and tradition! Immerse yourself in an…

    16 Dec