Hartley Historic Site NPWS

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Step into history in an authentic 19th century village on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. Hartley Historic Site, managed by the National Parks & Wildlife Service, consists of 17 buildings of historic significance dating from 1837, set amongst paddocks, orchards, native vegetation and 19th and 20th century cottage gardens.


The centrepiece of the village is the Greek Revival courthouse, built in 1837 by convict labour and one of the best-preserved buildings in the region. View the holding cells, original convict carvings, constable’s room, the Magistrate and Clerk’s office and the Courtroom. Take a self guided tour for only $4.40, and step back in time via the unique hologram audio vision display. In recognition of Hartley’s heritage significance, an exciting revitalisation plan is being developed, with improved facilities and new exhibition spaces. There are already a number of fascinating tours and events held at Hartley, and accommodation is available in newly renovated historic cottages. There are also a number of galleries and a café. Hartley is a popular place for picnics and day tours—guided and self-guided tours are available, ask for details at the information centre. Tours for groups larger than 20 must be booked in advance, and staff can prepare special tours for school and interest groups given sufficient notice.

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