Hartley Valley West View from Mount York near Mount Victoria in Blue Mountains, Australia

Imagine how thrilling it was for Blaxland, Larson and Wilson to stand on this summit – they called it the “edge of the precipice” – and behold this fertile green landscape. In 1815, two years after their discovery of a pass over the Blue Mountains, their sponsor Governor Macquarie named the scenery 800 feet below the Vale of Clwydd. Now it is called the Hartley Valley. In the background is Mount Bindo. At 4,459 feet, it is the highest peak in the region.

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Bardens Lookout, Mount York Road, Mount Victoria NSW 2786, Australia

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