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Little Hartley, NSW

Little Hartley is a small village east of Hartley on the Great Western Highway. Little Hartley is approximately 140 kilometers (about 87 miles) west of Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD).

Known For:

  • historic homesteads
  • experience a real working farm.

Little Hartley

Hartley is best known for the historic Little Hartley Village, a must see when visiting the Blue Mountains. The drive from Sydney typically takes around 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic and the specific route you take. Most travelers would take the M4 Motorway and the Great Western Highway (A32) to get to Little Hartley from Sydney CBD. The scenic drive will take you through the Blue Mountains, which is itself a popular tourist destination and offers a number of picturesque views and stops along the way.

This region has a rich colonial history and is home to several heritage-listed sites.

In the mid-19th century, this area was an important stopping point for travelers and pioneers heading west over the mountains. Due to its historical significance, Little Hartley has various preserved historical buildings, such as inns and churches, that serve as a testament to the early colonial days of Australia.

For visitors, the area offers a glimpse into Australia’s past, with its beautifully preserved sandstone buildings and surrounding natural beauty. If you’re traveling in New South Wales and have an interest in history, Little Hartley is certainly worth a visit.

Here are some points of interest and things to do in and around Little Hartley:

  1. Hartley Historic Village: The main attraction in the area, this village is maintained by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. Here, you can see preserved 19th-century buildings, including courthouses, inns, churches, and residences, and learn about the life of early settlers.
  2. St Bernard’s Catholic Church: Built in 1842, this beautiful sandstone church is one of the key landmarks in the village.
  3. Hartley Courthouse: Constructed in 1837, this well-preserved structure provides a glimpse into the legal proceedings of the era. Occasionally, it is also used as a venue for local events.
  4. Old Hartley Post Office: Another preserved sandstone building, the old post office offers insight into communication methods of the past.
  5. Mount York Lookout: A short drive from Little Hartley, Mount York Lookout offers breathtaking views of the valley below. It’s a great spot for picnicking and understanding the challenges faced by early explorers and settlers crossing the Blue Mountains.
  6. Walking and hiking: There are several walking trails in and around the area that let you explore the natural beauty of the region. It’s a chance to experience the Australian bushland and possibly spot local wildlife.
  7. Local Art and Craft: The region often attracts artists, so there are galleries and shops where local art and crafts can be purchased or admired.

Where to stay?


  • Farm/Station
  • Rural/Country
  • Mountain
  • Nature based
  • Relaxation
  • Remote
  • Self-Drive

About Little Hartley

  • Locality: Rural locality
  • Little Hartley Postcode: 2790
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: Blue Mountains
  • Latitude: -33.5717
  • Longitude: 150.20861
  • Elevation: 823m
  • Population: 506
  • Median Income: $35204
  • Area (Sq/km): 24.527
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

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