Kempsey Area


Experience nature in Kempsey

Situated on the Macleay River Kempsey is a great place to experience nature, with many scenic drives and bushwalks in the area to enjoy as well as a scenic coastline to explore.

  • Smoky Cape Lighthouse
  • Hinterland Fishing

Kempsey Area

Embark on a scenic drive to explore the Kempsey area or go on a bushwalk to view the scenic coastline. The town of Kempsey is an historic river town with a number of heritage-listed buildings. Discover the gardens of the Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park and learn about the native plants used by Aboriginals for food, medicine and other purposes.

A half-hour drive from Kempsey lies South West Rocks.This oceanfront town offers a range of caravan and camping spots where you’ll find secluded beaches and vantage points overlooking Trial Bay. Explore the headland in the beautiful Hat Head National Park and visit Smoky Cape Lighthouse, one of the oldest and tallest lighthouses in NSW. Head east towards the coast and find Fish Rock Cave where you can cave dive through the centre of a small island and explore diverse marine ecology.

The village of Gladstone, located north-east of Kempsey, is an historic precinct with a rich past. Share a meal at the Heritage Hotel of Gladstone and take advantage of window seating to enjoy the beautiful views of the Macleay River. Visit the heritage-listed Gladstone Court House for a view of the town’s history.

Explore the beaches stretching to the north and south of Crescent Head, a popular spot for local and international surfing events. Choose from Main Beach, Back Beach, Killick Beach, Goolawah Reserve Beach, Big Hill, Delicate Nobby or Racecourse Beach, which have surfing conditions suitable for a range of skill levels. There are fantastic camping areas in Point Plomer nearby bushwalking trails in Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve where you may spot ospreys, pied oystercatchers, dingoes, koalas and quolls.


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Local areas

  • Crescent Head Crescent Head is home to many beautiful beaches.
  • Kempsey Kempsey is a historic river town close to national parks and majestic beaches.
  • South West Rocks South West Rocks is a sleepy coastal retreat at its barefoot best.