Hartley is part of the Blue Mountains Grand Circular Tourist Drive, set on the western side of the Blue Mountains. Close to neighbouring town Mount Victoria, Hartley is made up of a few churches and a courthouse and is a great day trip.

This charming little village has a small array of historic buildings like the Sandstone Courthouse, Sheepcombe and Mead’s Farm. The River Walk is a great way to experience the town overlooking the river at the Hartley Historic Site, be sure to look out for platypus splashing around on the riverbanks too. While you’re exploring, stop by Little Hartley and Hartley Vale, which also provide insight to the early years of the nineteenth century. Hartley is a lovely day trip for a step back in time to experience some of Australia’s history while you’re staying in the Blue Mountains.