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  1. Little Bay to Smoky Cape

    If you’re an adventurous walker, you’ll love the Little Bay to Smoky Cape walk. This 10 kilometre coastal track begins near Little Bay picnic area in Arakoon National Park, near Kempsey on the north coast of NSW. Start at historic Overshot…

  2. Smoky Cape Lighthouse

    Standing high on a narrow headland, Smoky Cape Lighthouse is surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery of Hat Head National Park. The lighthouse itself is as beautiful as the views – check out its winding staircase and octagonal tower. Bu…

  3. Carrai National Park

    Carrai National Park is located on a granite plateau off the North Coast of New South Wales, offering bushwalking, mountain biking, 4WD touring and camping for self-reliant campers. Inland from Kempsey, Carrai National Park protects vast t…

  4. Wildside Sportfishing

    Wildside Sportfishing is a family owned guided fishing charter operating from South West Rocks, in Northern New South Wales. They specialise in small personalised groups and offer 'one on one' tuition in targeting a range of game, sports a…

  5. Ngambaa Nature Reserve

    Ngambaa Nature Reserve offers a retreat for animals and people alike, with areas of old-growth forest perfect for car touring, bushwalking, birdwatching, a family picnic and barbecue. Of shared significance to the Aboriginal Dunghutti, Nga…

  6. Connors Walking Track

    Tracing the rugged coastline, in northern NSW near Kempsey, this moderately challenging track offers delights all year round. Close to Hungry Gate campground in the southern section of Hat Head National Park, Connors walking track offers fa…

  7. Powder Magazine walking track

    Powder Magazine track is an excellent short walk to the historic powder magazines on the headland at Arakoon National Park on the North Coast.  Only one of the constructions still stands, but you can still admire the work of early Australia…

  8. Fish Rock Dive Centre

    Fish Rock Cave is their best known and most popular dive site but the cave is just the beginning of the great diving around South West Rocks. The surrounds of Fish Rock offer some spectacular dives and opportunities to view the abundant mar…

  9. Yarrahapinni Studio Gallery

    Pamela Houghton Jones is a design artist, producing contemporary hand-worked textile art panels, lino prints, and works on paper. Inspired by the outback and local scenes - the colours and textures reflect the natural landscapes and native…

  10. Hat Head National Park

    Hat Head National Park on the mid-north coast of NSW near South West Rocks is a natural paradise. Explore the lighthouse, camp by the beach and go fishing and swimming. Hat Head National Park, near Kempsey, is a place of exceptional beauty…

  11. Kempsey Museum

    Kempsey Museum features the history of the Macleay Valley from before white settlement to the present day, including a pioneer cottage furnished using historical items. Set in South Kempsey Park, next to Visitor Information Centre. Displays…

  12. Riverside Tavern

    The Riverside Tavern is about 10 years old, set on the banks of the Macleay River. It has a large bistro and bar with both inside and outside children's play areas, as well as poker machines and Keno. They cater to parties and weddings and …

  13. Collombatti Lookout

    Collombatti Lookout offers 360 degrees views of the Macleay Valley Coast, on a clear day see from Mt Yarrahapinni to Crescent Head along the coast. There are also views of Kempsey to the south and Bellbrook's Andersons Sugarloaf Mountain t…

  14. Trial Bay Gaol

    Step back in time on a guided tour of Trial Bay Gaol, soaking up the history and the amazing coastal views that surround it. The gaol opened in 1886, after 13 years of construction. It must have been a strange feeling building a prison in s…

  15. Little Bay Beach

    Little Bay is a secluded beach nestled between granite cliffs, just south of the headland near Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park. Pack your fishing gear for a day at the beach. There’s the option for a leisurely lunch beneath the sha…

  16. Seabreeze Beach Hotel

    The Seabreeze Beach Hotel, located in the heart of South West Rocks, is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. South West Rocks is a small coastal town located half way between Sydney and Brisbane, 35 kilometres north east of Kempsey and ap…

  17. The Slim Dusty Centre

    Visit this innovative museum dedicated to Australia's iconic legend Slim Dusty, and experience a wealth of music history and Australian culture and art. Slim's dream was to provide a venue for music and cultural opportunities for all Austra…

  18. Big Hill Rainforest Walking Track

    Starting at the picnic area by the beach, this short loop trail winds around the top of the headland, providing sweeping views of the pristine coastline and rocky shores below. Find a spot on the headland to sit and take in the untouched b…