Kempsey is located on the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales. It is roughly 334 kilometres north of Sydney on the Macleay River, accessible via the Pacific Highway. The town is an important service centre and popular rest stop for travellers. The Dunghutti people are the traditional Aboriginal occupants of the area. The first land grants were surveyed on the east bank of the Macleay in 1835. Kempsey prospered as a logging and sawmilling town extracting large quantities of Red Cedar and Rosewood until the resource was exhausted in the 1960s. Today graziers produce beef and dairy cattle. Kempsey is the home of the iconic Akubra hat and the birthplace of Australian country music legend Slim Dusty. The community of Kempsey values its Aboriginal heritage and has attempted to preserve this culture. The museum has an excellent display of Aboriginal artefacts and extensive documentation of local Aboriginal studies. The Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery is in the Visitor Information Centre. The aim of the Gallery is to showcase and market works produced by local artists. Products include paintings, weaving, wood and textiles with prices starting from $25. Three historic self-guided walks have been put together to assist visitors to explore the town brochures are available from the museum.
Those visiting the area can find several short term parking options in town, including Forth Street Kempsey opposite park; Smith Street Kempsey opposite McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken; Boat Ramp Car Park and Riverside Park Eden Street. Additional parking is also available at Kempsey Showground at a cost of $20 per vehicle per night for 2 people. For every extra person a $5 fee will apply.
Kemspey is rich in culture and history, and is a lovely place to visit, especially for those travelling in their RVs.
Kempsey VIC, South Kempsey Park, Lachlan St, South Kempsey NSW
Ph: 02 6563 1555 or 1800 642 480
Intersection of Stuart St & Clyde St
Short Term Parking
Forth Street Kempsey opposite park; Smith Street Kempsey opposite McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken; Boat Ramp Car Park, Riverside Park Eden Street; Kempsey Showground $20 per site, per night for 2 persons, additional persons are $5 per person
Kempsey Showground; Kempsey Tourist Village 325 Pacific Highway Kempsey - free to guests
Kempsey Showground at camping grounds if staying overnight
119 River St, Ph: 02 6562 6155
12 Elbow St, Ph: 02 6562 6477; 26 Elbow St, Ph: 02 6563 124435 Elbow St, Ph: 02 6562 3840; 35 Belgrave St, Ph: 02 6562 2688 or 6562 6188; 18 Kemp St, Ph: 02 6562 7466
23 Smith St, Ph: 02 6562 4828; 31 Smith St, Ph: 02 6563 1313; 68 Smith St, Ph: 02 6562 1945; 35 Belgrave St, Ph: 02 6562 4334; 28 Clyde St, Ph: 02 6563 1377; 30 Clyde St, Ph: 02 6562 3597
50 Elbow St, Kempsey, Ph: 02 6562 7222; Belgrave St, Kempsey Mall, Ph: 02 6562 4266; 1 Belgrave St, Kempsey, Ph: 02 6562 6366
Coles, 2 Belgrave St, Ph: 02 6560 1400; Woolworths, Smith Street, Ph: 02 6562 7577; IGA, Clyde St, Ph: 02 6562 7544; West Kempsey IGA, 30 Elbow Street, West Kempsey, Ph: 02 6562 1394