The Hartley Valley, found on the edges of the Blue Mountains Escarpment just 15 minutes east of Lithgow along the Great Western Highway has a strong aboriginal origin, serving as a meeting place for the surrounding aboriginal tribes, Gundungarra, Wiradjuri and Dharug. Hartley is a peaceful and scenic landscape where early colonial history can still be explored.
Meads Farm built in 1866, as the Keroscene hotel associated with the Hartley Valley Oil Shale Works, a popular place for weary workers to congregate after a hard day of work in the mines
Ambermere Inn, originally named the Rose Inn built by Pierce Colliets was popular as by 1860 it held its value with a Cobb and Co contract running a coach between Sydney to Bathurst 2 times a week. The 1920s saw this become a guest house known as the Ambermere Inn.