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Hartley is located in New South Wales
Population: 497[1]
LGA: City of Lithgow
State District: Bathurst
Federal Division: Calare
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Annual Rainfall
28 °C
82 °F
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Hartley is a historical village in New South Wales, Australia, in the City of Lithgow, located approximately 150 kilometres west of Sydney.[2] It is below the western escarpment of the Blue Mountains.

It was once a major administrative centre on the Great Western Highway. It has since fallen into decline, replaced by other towns that are on the railway line. At the 2006 census, Hartley had a population of 497 people.[1]


Hartley was formerly a judicial and administrative centre that had a busy courthouse. The courthouse was built in 1837 and was designed by prominent New South Wales Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis. The courthouse, which operated for over fifty years, dealt with a constant stream of robbers, thieves and convicts. Although Hartley fell into disuse, it survived as a perfectly preserved village that is a superb example of 19th century architecture. Because of its heritage value, it is now preserved as a historic site, administered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of New South Wales.[3] Situated 120 kilometres west of Sydney and 12 kilometres south of Lithgow, it is open to the public every day. The Hartley Historic Site, an area of 7.7 hectares, is listed on the Register of the National Estate.[4]

Hartley's sister villages, Little Hartley and Hartley Vale, still survive as residential villages with a heritage of their own. Little Hartley, situated 4 kilometres south-east of Hartley, is the site of the historic home Rosedale. Hartley Vale, situated 6 kilometres east of Hartley, is the site of the Comet Inn, Collits Inn and Hartley Vale cemetery.[5][6] There is also a network of historic walking tracks between Hartley Vale and Mount York, administered by the Lands Department of New South Wales.[7]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Hartley (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Gregory's New South Wales State Road Map, Map 220, 11th Edition, published by Gregory's Publishing Company
  3. ^ Guide to New South Wales National Parks, NPWS, 2001
  4. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/273
  5. ^ Hartley Topographic Map 8930-4N Department of Lands, New South Wales
  6. ^ Blue Mountains Tourist Map, Department of Lands, New South Wales
  7. ^ Sydney and Blue Mountains Bushwalks, Neil Paton (Kangaroo Press) 2004, pp.236-238

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