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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Portland Art Exhibition

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2019 , Lithgow

    Annual Portland Art Exhibition. The Portland Art Society Inc. hold an art exhibition every year the first weekend in March and have done so since 1976. The exhibition, which is highly rated in NSW allows a great diversification of…

  2. Lithgow Family Show

    Friday 15 March 2019 to Saturday 16 March 2019 , Lithgow

    The Lithgow Family Show is a community based event run by volunteers that celebrates the best in the region and provides a form of entertainment that appeals to a broad range of people. From cattle and wool produce, through to incredible…

    15 Mar - 16 Mar
  3. Lithgow Ghost Tour Eskbank House

    Saturday 16 March 2019 , Lithgow

    Creep back to Lithgow after dark for the spooky Ghost Tour of Eskbank House and Museum – if you dare. Your host Paranormal Pete has extensive knowledge of paranormal activity in the area and will lead you to the scene of dark myths and…

    16 Mar