BLUE TRAIL 23: OLD POST OFFICE AND GRANITE COUNTRY, Hartley

The beautiful old Post Office at Hartley was constructed in the 1840s when this village was one of the most important settlements on the western road from Emu Plains to Bathurst. Its significance declined when bypassed by the first railway in 1869. Later the National Parks and Wildlife Service was able to take over the site and protect the 19th century features. 

The old Post Office and Court House (background) define the 19th century dignity of Hartley [photo: © Christine Davies]

In the Greater Blue Mountains, well preserved natural landscapes based on sandstones, shales, limestones and marbles are prominent. Our granite landscapes have been mostly transformed by agriculture, Evans Crown Nature Reserve is a rare exception. 

Gerard from Lithgow explores the Kew-y-ahn Heritage Walk (published by kind permission of Gerard’s mother) [photo: © Christine Davies]

Much as it has been influenced by human activities, the granite zone around Old Hartley Post Office remains impressive. In 2013, NPWS opened the Kew-y-ahn Heritage Walk, a short trail giving access to a prominent granite outcrop above the village. The Post Office building itself is now a well patronised café, offering both snacks and lunches. Development of walking tracks to allow better appreciation of the overall site continues. 

© Don Morison

Kew-y-ahn (or Bell Rock) outcrop, above Hartley Village [photo: © Christine Davies]

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