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Hartley Vale

The Hartley Valley is a picturesque rural area on the western side of the Blue Mountains made up of Hartley, Little Hartley and Hartley Vale villages.

Hartley Historic Site retains many colonial buildings. Its historic inns, courthouse, churches and post office provide a fascinating look into colonial architecture. Tours are available through the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

Nearby, Lithgow, Mount Victoria and Blackheath are worth a visit.

Hartley Vale: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Hassans Walls Lookout

Hassans Walls Lookout is the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains at approximately 1,100 metres above sea level. Look out to Mount Wilson, Mount York, Mount Tarana and Mount Blaxland and the whole Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong Valleys and Mount Bindo (1,363 metres).

You can also walk or ride around Hassans Walls Lookout.

Hassans Walls Reserve
Lithgow, NSW, 2790

Located 4.2K from Hartley Vale

The Lolly Bug

Visitors are spoilt for choice at The Lolly Bug in Little Hartley with over 1500 varieties of lollies from all over the world. They have a large range of English and American sweets, Aussie and New Zealand favourites, Dutch licorice, Australian rock candy, chocolate coated goodies, lollipops and novelty items.

The colourful gift range is fun and quirky and they have a large selection of gourmet goodies - local jams, honey and relishes and some of the hottest chilli sauces in the world. Situated between Katoomba and Lithgow - look for the colourful VW bugs out the front.

2297 Great Western Highway
Little Hartley, NSW, 2790

Located 5.5K from Hartley Vale

Mount York

Mount York, 7.5 kilometres from Mount Victoria is a natural site that at 1061 metres has commanding views over the western plains, many layers of Aboriginal and European heritage, several convict built roads (now walking tracks) and remnants of the old convict built roads (1823-1829) can still be seen.

Monuments at the site demonstrate a change in architectural style and social means of commemorating historic events such as the first European crossing of the Blue Mountains, May 1813 by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth, survey of the first road by George Evans, November 1813 and building of the first road, Cox's Road, in 1814. Further along Mount York Road is historic convict built Lawson's Long Alley and Lockyers Line of Road; Berghoffers Pass and Bardens Lookout.

Mount York is traditionally the land of the Gundungurra and Darug Aboriginal people and today is popular for bushwalking, abseiling, mountains biking and rock climbing.

Mount York Road
Mount York, NSW, 2786

Located 6.1K from Hartley Vale

Wild Meadows Garden

A new garden with a different look. There was no garden here five years ago, just paddocks. Wild Meadows Garden was designed in a naturalistic way with floral meadows and woodlands to complement each other, hence the name 'Wild Meadows'. Skilfully planned, the plantings of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, bulbs and grasses display seasonal change from spring subtle greens to summer riots of colour, autumn berries and leaves to winter russets and structure. There are many unusual plants that will excite any garden enthusiast.

Open Days:
November 2015 Saturday 28 to Sunday 29, 9am - 3pm
January 2016 Saturday 16, 9am - 3pm
February 2016 Saturday 20, 9am - 3pm
March 2016 Saturday 26, 9am - 3pm
April 2016 Saturday 16, 9am - 3pm
May 2016 Saturday 21, 9am - 3pm
June 2016 Saturday 25, 10am - 2pm

243a Cox's River Road
Little Hartley, NSW, 2790

Located 6.5K from Hartley Vale

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum

In 1906 the Australian Government decided Australia should be independent from Britain for her defence needs. The Lithgow Small Arms Factory commenced production in 1912.

This museum, situated in the grounds of the Small Arms Factory, celebrates the rich history of Australia's first high precision mass production facility and its people.

Over its years of operation Lithgow SAF accumulated military small arms from all over the world for technical appraisal. These and the Factory's own production form the basis of a most comprehensive collection of rifles, sub-machine guns and ordnance.

To keep this vital factory going between wars, an amazing array of commercial products were manufactured. The Factory saved the floundering Australian wool Industry during the 1930s, manufacturing parts for shearing handsets, replacing expensive English equipment.

In 2007, collector Ron Hayes donated a magnificent handgun collection. The diversity in the Ron Hayes Gallery will amaze even those disinterested in firearms.

69 Methven Street
Lithgow, NSW, 2790

Located 6.9K from Hartley Vale

Newnes Plateau

Newnes State Forest is located on Newnes Plateau and contains a plantation of Radiator Pine, natural forest and Sandstone escarpments. There is access to Glow Worm Tunnels and Wollemi National Park.

Bungleboorie Picnic Area provides a peaceful rest stop in Newnes State Forest. The town of Newnes is located in the Wolgan Valley but there is no vehicular access from the Glow Worm Tunnel area.

For a circular day walk, go through the Glow Worm Tunnel, then walk along the Wolgan Valley railway only as far as the old coach road and return via this path and the Pagoda Track, a total distance of 7.5 kilometres.

Newnes State Forest (north of Lithgow)
Lithgow, NSW, 2790

Located 7.3K from Hartley Vale

Lockyers Road Walking Track

Lockyers Road Walking Track is one of the most historic walking tracks in the Blue Mountains. The track is one of the original 'roads' used to descend into Hartley Vale. Hand built by convicts, remnants of their handiwork can still be seen all along the track. The track has beautiful views over the Hartley Valley, and spectacular birdlife.

Lockyers Road
Hartley Vale, NSW, 2790

Located 7.3K from Hartley Vale

Hartley Vale: Events

Back to Hartley

Back to Hartley is a community event to promote their heritage and raise funds for local charities.

Entry is payable per car, with all monies raised going to charity. ( Note: 2017 charity is not confirmed yet)

Back to Hartley is a day of fun and entertainment with something for every age member of the family to enjoy. Bring the whole family and all your friends too.

Walk around the Hartley Historic Site and experience the beauty of the historic village - explore the Talisman Gallery, the fantastic work of local indigenous artists in the Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery, view the village from the highest point on the site at the Granite Tors, look inside the convict cells and courthouse.

The event showcases a variety of arts, crafts, produce from the region, vintage cars and vintage motor bikes, a selection of food and drinks are available to purchase, face painting, petting zoo, Lithgow Folk Club playing live music, Sally Anne's Dancers, self guided tours of the Courthouse, trike and pony rides, Lithgow Living History - get lashed by a convict and much more.

Event Dates
      29th Oct

Old Great Western Highway,
Hartley Historic Site
Hartley, NSW, 2790

Located 1.6K from Hartley Vale

New Moon Communication Night

Join them if you dare for a night of paranormal experiments where you will attempt to communicate with your deceased loved ones at one of the best times for contact with the hereafter - new moon.

Several different types of spirit communication techniques will be used on the night including old school Victorian and new age, enhanced by spiritual and scientific gadgets.

The experience will be guided by paranormal expert and local Pete Clifford of Blue Mountains Mystery Tours.

Event Dates
      24th Jun

Great Western Highway
Hartley, NSW, 2790

Located 1.8K from Hartley Vale

RedAss Downhill Enduro State Round Two: Lithgow

Round two of the RedAss Downhill Enduro Series will be held at the Pony Express Track in Lithgow.

With successful state races being held in Lithgow every year since 2012, the downhill racing circus is coming back for more and the local Central Tablelands MTB Club will once again be the hosts together with the Pony Club. Organisers Rocky Trail and NSW MTB are expecting more than 150 racers to the prestigious event. Race participants will be able to sign up online ahead of the race. Spectator entry is free.

Event Dates
      14th Oct
      15th Oct

Hassans Walls Road
Lithgow, NSW, 2790

Located 5.5K from Hartley Vale

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