In Hartley Vale - close to the 'Comet Inn' you will find directions to - Lawson Long Alley & Lockyers Track
Plus Other Walking Tracks.
After the decline in Hartley as a township from the late 1800's, in latter years we are seeing the redevelopment of the areas of Hartley, Hartley Vale and Little Hartley. Now with sub-divisions through the areas there are many new residents.
Some of the historic buildings have been turned into elegant accommodation and 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 and take-aways, real estate agents, as well as some art and craft galleries.
Hartley is situated at the bottom of Victoria Pass, on the great western highway in the valley between Mount Victoria and Lithgow
Hartley, Hartley Vale & Little Hartley are early 'explorer country' areas in NSW Blue Mountains & Central Tablelands. The area also encompasses Glenroy and Hampton.
About Hartley, Hartley Vale, Little Hartley & Glenroy
Some Slide Shows of the Hartley areas:
The Slide shows cover different aspects of areas around Hartley including the Hartley historic village buildings.
Information on Hartley Historic Areas:
The Historic Bushwalks in the Hartley area:
Close By - Villages, Townships in the Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands.
Mt Victoria- Bushwalks, Mt York, Scenic Sights, Historic Buildings, Restaurants.....
Blackheath - Scenic Sights, The Megalong Valley, Medlow Bath, Govetts Leap, Evans Lookout, Bushwalks, Restaurants, Shopping.....
Katoomba- Scenic Sights - The Three Sisters & Echo Point, Cliff walks, Restaurants, Shopping.....
Lithgow - Shopping centre, scenic sights, Lakes Lyal & Wallace - sailing, Wollemi National Park, Glow Worm tunnel...
The Hartley area provides a great insight into NSW settlement and early Australian History with some wonderful fully restored and operational historic buildings - apart from the beautifully preserved buildings in Hartley historic village.
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 which are classified in the National Trust Register and on the National Heritage Commission data base.
When the Victoria Pass road was completed in 1832, the doorway to the west was open and settlement in Hartley, at the base of the hill, began in earnest. The next 50 years saw Hartley grow into a bustling township surrounded by churches, a post office, stage coach facilities, and inns.
Unfortunately, Hartley was by-passed by the railway and, over a period, fell into disuse. Luckily, today we are left with a remarkable remnant of a town largely unchanged since the mid-nineteenth century.
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As well as the historic attractions there are more magnificent blue mountains scenic sights, adventure activities such as horse riding and fishing and close by the beautiful Jenolan Caves and the Zig Zag Railway.
Also just a short distance away are all the activities and sights of the upper Blue Mountains in Mount Victoria, Blackheath & Katoomba plus the attractions and activities of the Lithgow area,