Diving with sharks

A thrilling experience is diving with endangered grey nurse sharks at Fish Rock Cave, one of the best cave dives in the world. In the Kempsey region you’ll also enjoy bushwalking in rainforest, surfing a world-famous point break and fishing in national parks.

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

Natural attractions in Kempsey area

For unforgettable adventure in nature, head for the Kempsey region and experience diving with grey nurse sharks, surfing a famous surf break, kayaking on a beautiful river, bushwalking in rainforests, fishing on secluded beaches, watching whales from headlands and camping in national parks.

On the mid North Coast of NSW, the area is blessed with many natural attractions. Fish Rock Cave, 2 km offshore of South West Rocks, is one of the best cave dives in the world and a haven for grey nurse sharks. Both South West Rocks Dive Centre and Fish Rock Dive Centre offer diving tours.

Near South West Rocks is Arakoon National Park, offering beachside camping, rock fishing and gorgeous beaches. Dolphins sometimes frolic in the calm waters of Trial Bay. Between Arakoon and Crescent Head is Hat Head National Park, another area great for fishing, swimming and camping.

Smoky Cape Lighthouse in Hat Head is a superb spot for watching whales on their annual migration along the NSW coast between May and November. At Crescent Head is the world-famous right hand point break, one of the longest wave rides in Australia. You can learn to surf with Surfaris.

A narrow stretch south of Crescent Head is Goolawah National Park, a popular spot for surfing, fishing and birdwatching. There’s beachside camping at Racecourse campground. Farther south is Limeburners Creek National Park, with great beaches and the Big Hill Rainforest walking track.

Inland is Kempsey, a riverside town. The meandering Macleay River is perfect for kayaking, fishing and boating. Visit Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park and discover how Aboriginals use native plants for food and medicine. A short drive away is Collombatti Lookout, offering spectacular regional views.