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Cedar cutting is the principal industry on which Kempsey has prospered since its foundation in the early 19th Century. Visit historic Trial Bay Gaol at South West Rocks and the Wigay Aboriginal Culture Park. Just out of town, Gladstone is highlighted by The Old Lodge Pottery and Darkwater House, which serves afternoon tea and sells local handicrafts. Within Kempsey itself, shopping, accommodation and all the benefits of a mid sized country town make it the perfect stopover point on a trip up the Pacific Highway.

Kempsey is the home of the iconic Akubra hat and also the site of Australia's longest road bridge. The Macleay Valley is the birthplace of Slim Dusty with Kempsey being the site of the yet to be completed Slim Dusty Centre.

Kempsey: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 include aboriginal history, boot making, timber industry, military history, natural history, dairy industry, shipping, historical vehicles, Shorty Ranger and local country music, telecommunications, textiles, silverware, ceramics and glassware, and the Angus McNeil glass negative photography collection.

Bus groups welcome.




62 Lachlan Street
South Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 1.8K from Kempsey

Wigay Aboriginal Culture Park


Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park in Kempsey provides a unique opportunity to experience local Aboriginal culture and learn about traditional foods, all within a natural parkland setting.

Wander through the 2.75 hectare park at your own pace, or take an interactive guided tour to learn which of the many native trees, shrubs and plants are used by Aboriginal people for food and medicinal purposes.




58 Sea Street
Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 1.9K from Kempsey

Macleay River Museum and Settlers Cottage


The Macleay River Museum is an award winning museum of applied local history with a Settlers Cottage and art show, housed in the cultural centre designed by world-renowned architect, Glen Murcutt. The museum is also the home of the Angus McNeil Glass Negative.

The museum showcases Aboriginal artefacts, colonial history from the 1830s, the cedar and timber industries, farm machinery and tools, river transport, period clothing, servicemen, historical publications and photos of Kempsey district.

The Research Department. There is an extensive collection of local history and family files in the library and record room. This service is available for anyone wishing to research local families, locations and topics.




62-118 Lachlan Street,
South Kempsey Park
South Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 1.9K from Kempsey

Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery


The Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery (DNAAG) is an Aboriginal gallery housed in the annex of the Kempsey Visitor Information Centre, designed by internationally renowned architect Glen Murcutt.

The gallery is nestled in parkland on the south side of Kempsey in the Macleay Valley on the Mid North Coast of NSW, and has been operational now for the past five years thanks to Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support.

The aim of the gallery is to showcase and market works of prominent, established and emerging Aboriginal artists of the Dunghutti region and Mid North Coast area. Throughout this region there is a diverse selection of storytelling through artwork. Works are constantly changing as per the Exhibition Program.

Products include paintings, weaving, baskets, bush foods, cards, wood and textiles available for purchase.




Kempsey Visitor Information Centre
Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 2.0K from Kempsey

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 Australians to participate in and enjoy, and as a showcase for international tourists to visit.

The Slim Dusty Centre and Museum is housed in a stunning architect designed space, situated in a natural bushland setting. The Centre encapsulates the; Slim Dusty Museum, Theatrette, Recording Studio, Touring Gallery, Cafe, Function Centre and merchandise shop.

The Slim Dusty Centre is suitable for all ages with easy access for wheelchairs and prams and easy parking for coaches and caravans. Slim Dusty Centre staff and volunteers will make your visit to the Slim Dusty Centre unforgettable. They can tailor your visit with tours of the museum with morning tea or lunch to suit your special group.




490 Macleay Valley Way
South Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 4.4K from Kempsey

Kempsey: Events

Kempsey Riverside Market


The Kempsey Riverside Market is held on the first Saturday of every month, from 8am to 1pm on the banks of the beautiful Macleay River.

This quality market features produce and products from Kempsey and surrounding districts, with an emphasis on quality, taste, and design. It is a place for people to browse, shop, and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be entertainment, local produce, delectable food, arts, craft and fun for the kids.

For more information please contact Kate on the phone number provided.


Event Dates
2017
      4th Nov
      2nd Dec
2018
      6th Jan
      3rd Feb
      3rd Mar
      7th Apr
      5th May


Riverside Park,
Eden Street
Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 0.6K from Kempsey

Slim Dusty Country Music Festival


Join visitors from all over Australia for the iconic Slim Dusty Country Music Festival, held at the Kempsey Showground.

The event continues to grow in its 14th year and this year proudly presents the Slim Dusty Family Reunion's 10th Anniversary Concert on the Saturday evening with Joy McKean. Other artists in the weeks entertainment include Jeff Brown, Chris Cook, Paul Mcloud, Taylor Pfeiffer, Rob Breese and Amos Morris.

A must for all country music fans is the tour to Slim Dusty's boyhood home at Nulla Nulla on Wednesday, 18th October. This is where Slim wrote "When the rain tumbles down in July" during the Macleay Valley Floods of 1945.
Alternatively you may like to do the Trial Bay Gaol Tour at South West Rocks.

Camping and canteen facilities are available.




Thompson Street,
Kempsey Showground
West Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 1.5K from Kempsey

The Slim Dusty Country Music Festival


Join visitors from all over Australia for the iconic Slim Dusty Country Music Festival, held at the Kempsey Showground.
The event continues to grow in its 14th year and this year proudly presents the Slim Dusty Family Reunion's 10th Anniversary Concert on the Saturday evening with Joy McKean. Other artists in the weeks entertainment include Jeff Brown, Chris Cook, Paul Mcloud, Taylor Pfeiffer, Rob Breese and Amos Morris.
A must for all country music fans is the tour to Slim Dusty's boyhood home at Nulla Nulla on Wednesday, October 18. This is where Slim wrote "When the rain tumbles down in July" during the Macleay Valley Floods of 1945.
Alternatively you may like to do the Trial Bay Gaol Tour at South West Rocks.
Camping and canteen facilities are available.




Thompson Street
West Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 1.5K from Kempsey

Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Championships sealed by Stan's


For the first time the Fox Rollercoaster Superflow Championships sealed by Stan's are coming to Kempsey in Northern NSW.

The purpose-built enduro trails of the local MTB club will once again host a superflow race. Why "superflow"? Because the trails picked out for the event will give its racers that distinctive "super flowy" feeling.

The challenge is to ride to the top of the race tracks and then clock in the fastest time possible on each track against some of the fastest racers in the country. More than 150 riders will be summoned to Kempsey.

Race participants can register online ahead of the race and spectator entry is for free.


Event Dates
2017
      18th Nov
      19th Nov


Macleay Valley Way
South Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 4.5K from Kempsey

Kempsey: Travel Tips

Kempsey Visitor Information Centre


Val Melville Centre is located amongst the leafy green trees in South Kempsey Park on Lachlan Street, now known as Macleay Valley Way, south of Kempsey township. The Val Melville Centre was designed by award winning architect Glenn Murcutt, and houses the Visitor Information Centre, the Macleay River Historical Society Museum, and the Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery. Manned by friendly and informative staff, the centre also boasts a large range of souvenirs, and a tour and accommodation booking service.

Plenty of parking available for caravans and motor homes whilst visiting the centre.




Val Melville Centre,
South Kempsey Park,
Lachlan Street
South Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 1.9K from Kempsey

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