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.

  • Hinterland fishing  - Macleay River, Bellbrook
  • Yarriabini National Park

Natural attractions in Kempsey area

The area around Kempsey and Crescent Head have the best of both natural worlds - great surfing beaches and fertile hinterland, scenic drives and bushwalks.

From Kundabung to Grassy Head, national parks and reserves cover most of the Manning Valley's sand-fringed coastline, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers.

Stretching from Crescent Head to South West Rocks, Hat Head National Park has pristine beaches, sand dunes, headlands and wetlands. Camp by the beach, explore walking trails and be amazed by the birdlife. The Korogoro Point track in Hat Head National Park passes through coastal rainforest to the arch, a rocky crevice in the peninsula; enjoy magnificent views along the way.

Yarriabini National Park, north of Kempsey, combines steep coastal foothills with old-growth forest. Picnic on top of Yarrahapinni Mountain and enjoy the ocean and hinterland views. South West Rocks lies at the mouth of the Macleay River, 30 minutes' drive from Kempsey. Go swimming or head under water and scub dive at Fish Rock Cave, 2 km offshore.