Riverside charm for a music legend

On the banks of scenic Macleay River, this beautiful town is home to the Slim Dusty Centre and Museum in honour of the iconic country music singer-song writer. Kempsey is also a great base for exploring surrounding national parks and Aboriginal cultural heritage.

  • Hinterland Macleay Valley Coast - Image Kempsey Shire Council
  • Hinterland Macleay Valley Coast

About Kempsey

On the mid North Coast of NSW, Kempsey has a number of heritage buildings, fascinating museums and Aboriginal cultural experiences and artworks to explore. The beautiful Macleay River is popular for fishing and boating, and surrounding national parks and majestic beaches are in easy reach.

At the Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park, take a guided tour of the gardens and experience local indigenous culture and learn about traditional foods and bush medicines. You can see and buy authentic works of local indigenous artists at the Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Bellbrook Macleay Valley Coast

The Slim Dusty Centre celebrates the career of its namesake, Australia's stellar country music singer-songwriter. You can find out more about his music and life at the centre and its museum, including a guided tour of the exhibitions and music memorabilia.

Kempsey Museum features the Macleay Valley's history, from Aboriginal heritage to European pioneers, colonial settlers and farmers to present day. For a taste of the fresh local produce, visit the Kempsey Riverside Market, a farmers market every first Saturday of the month.

Man fishing in Bellbrook, Macleay Valley Coast

Accommodation options in Kempsey suit a range of budgets. There are plenty campgrounds in national parks in the Kempsey region, including around South West Rocks and Crescent Head. Hat Head National Park, Goolawah National Park and Limeburners Creek National Park are all great coastal wildernesses perfect for bushwalking, surfing, swimming and fishing.

  1. Cedar Park Picnic Area

    Cedar Park picnic area offers an ideal base for exploring Ngambaa Nature Reserve, with picnic facilities and a walking track close to Kempsey.Cedar Park picnic area sits on the banks of Stockyard Creek, and...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Gap Beach Walking Track

    If you’re after a heart-pumping trek, then grab your hiking boots and head for Gap Beach walking track, in Hat Head National Park. Near South West Rocks, it’s a great walk for experienced bushwalkers, birdwatchers,...

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