The Hartley area provides a great insight into NSW settlement and early Australian History with some wonderful fully restored and operational historic buildings – in addition to the beautifully preserved buildings in Hartley historic village.
Some of the historic buildings have been turned into elegant accommodation and licensed restaurant facilities and there are other new hide-away rural retreats. Old stores have become new stores and more new stores have been built – offering a range of services from rural supplies and local produce to cafes, wine bars, restaurants and take-aways, B&B’s, lolly shops, real estate agents who come and go, as well as some art and craft galleries and antique stores.
Hartley is situated at the bottom of Victoria Pass, on the Great Western Highway in the valley between Mount Victoria and Lithgow.
What to See & Do
- Visit the area’s renowned Buildings such as the Comet Inn (now a Guest House, B & B with restaurant) and Collit’s Inn in Hartley Vale, Rosedale in Little Hartley (now Hartley Valley Holiday Farm) and the old Harp of Erin, Williams Store and Little Hartley Post Office.
- Many wonderful historical walks.
- Take the first turn left after Mt Vic Pass to head for a scenic drive down to the Cox’s River, Kanimbla Valley and many awesome picnic spots.