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Kempsey Area

  • Smoky Cape Lighthouse
  • Hinterland Fishing


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.

Must Do

Kempsey Area

Kempsey is a convenient place for an overnight stop for anyone driving between Sydney and the North Coast.  The town has a number of historic buildings, and the detour from Kempsey to Trial Bay Gaol at South West Rocks is particularly recommended, as is a visit to Crescent Head.

The village of Gladstone, 15 km north-east of Kempsey, is a historic precinct with great character. Among its notable buildings is the Gladstone Hotel, which claims to have the best beer on the Macleay River. The Gladstone Court House and Police Station have a heritage listing.


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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.

Explore Kempsey Area

South West Rocks headland. North Coast NSW. Image: Mike Newling; Destination NSW