Hartley's heritage back on centre-stage

Whether you're a "Back to Hartley" event veteran or a newcomer, this must-do family day out is definitely worth adding to your calendar. This award-winning community event is scheduled to open its doors to hundreds of visitors on Sunday 28 October.

Hartley Historic Site, Visitors Centre

Hartley Historic Site Project Officer, David Ward said the annual Back to Hartley event is designed to showcase Hartley's heritage significance.

"Back to Hartley offers a fun and exciting way to explore Hartley's historic village and enduring sandstone buildings which reveal stories of NSW's past.

"What better way to explore the village than a day for the whole family where this important place will come alive.

"This event brings to life various elements of Australian heritage, visitors can get a taste of colonial history through live re-enactments from the Lithgow Living History performance.

"Explore Hartley's stunning sandstone colonial buildings including the 1837 Greek Revival Courthouse.

"Come along with your family and friends to see all that Hartley Historic Site has to offer, there is plenty to do:

  • The kids can take out their energy on the free jumping castle.
  • Pony rides, perfect for younger children. Once they're tired out, they can enjoy a relaxing face painting session.
  • Stop by the thrilling snake display for some reptile action.
  • There'll be a special performance by Sally Anne's dancers.
  • Get lashed as a convict during the Lithgow Living History performance.
  • Wander through various handcrafted produce and artisan stalls.
  • Enjoy a variety of food and coffee outlets, or bring a picnic to enjoy with family and friends.
  • Visit the Talisman Gallery to enter the fire poker challenge.
  • Enjoy food and drinks at the Old Post Office Café.
  • View the fantastic work of local Indigenous artists in the Kew-Y-Ahn Gallery.
  • Take a walk along Granite Tors walking track, to see the village from the highest point on the site.
  • You'll get the chance to look inside the fascinating convict cells and courthouse.
  • Follow the river along the easy Rowsons River walk.
  • The event showcases a variety of handmade arts, crafts and local produce.

"NPWS takes the opportunity at Back to Hartley to support a local charity and this year's fundraising will go to Lithgow Aged Care, including all proceeds from the $5 entry fee," Mr Ward said.

Back to Hartley will be held at Hartley Historic Site, Old Bathurst Rd (just off Great Western Highway), Hartley, from 9am to 4pm Sunday, 28 October.

Cost: $5 entry fee per vehicle, with small fees for other rides and activities.

Details: 02 6355 2117 or hartley@environment.nsw.gov.au