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.

Man fishing in 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.

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Slim Dusty Festival

    Monday 15 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Kempsey

    Fun and Friendly Country Music Festival for all ages in October with camping on site - choose powered and unpowered sites. Their great bus tour this year will be to Slim Dusty's childhood homestead and The Pub with No Beer with morning tea …

    15 Oct - 21 Oct
  2. Sunday Sessions featuring Delma and Pete

    Sunday 21 October 2018 to Sunday 18 August 2019 , Kempsey

    Delma and Pete each have decades of experience in more bands than either of them care to remember! And that means the duo can play almost anything, and that's exactly what they do with super smooth renditions of most of your all time favour…

    21 Oct - 18 Aug
  3. South West Rocks Running Festival

    Sunday 09 June 2019 , Kempsey

    The South West Rocks Running Festival, formally the Macleay River Marathon, in its 35th year, is a scenic riverside run along the banks of the beautiful Macleay River and back to Trial Bay Gaol. It is held every year on the June long weeken…

    09 Jun