Hundreds expected to head back to Hartley

Hartley’s award-winning community event “Back to Hartley”, is ready to roll on October 27, with hundreds of people expected to flock to the historic village.

Exterior Hartley Courthouse, Hartley Historic Site

National Parks and Wildlife Service Area Manager Angela Lonergan said the event was important for local businesses and the community.

“Back to Hartley has become a must-do on the Lithgow Valley calendar, giving visitors a chance to learn about Australian heritage ‘on location’ and add their own chapter to our collective history.

“Hartley Historic Site contains stunning sandstone colonial buildings including an 1837 Greek Revival Courthouse.

“You’ll get the chance to look inside the fascinating convict cells and courthouse and see history come to life with demonstrations by Lithgow Living History.

“It really is the perfect setting for this great community event which showcases a variety of hand- made arts, crafts and local produce,” Ms Lonergan said.

“Hartley Historic Site is an important reminder of our colonial past and nothing beats seeing it teeming with people like it once was.

“The volunteers on the Hartley Historic Site Advisory Committee take much pride in organising this annual event, showcasing this remarkable time capsule in the central west.

“There’s plenty of opportunities to keep the kids busy with pony rides, face painting and a jumping castle, while mums and dads enjoy the displays and entertainment including the St George Brass Band.

“For something completely different you can try your hand at blacksmithing at Talisman Gallery and go home with a fire poker or sculpture made by you!

“Back to Hartley always supports a local charity and this year’s fundraising will go towards 1st Blackheath Scout Group,” said Ms Lonergan.


Back to Hartley will be held at Hartley Historic Site, Old Bathurst Rd (just off Great Western Hwy), Hartley, from 9am to 4pm Sunday, 27 October.

Cost: $5 per vehicle will go to 1st Blackheath Scout Group, with small fees for other rides and activities.

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