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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

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.




Pacific Highway,
South Kempsey Park
Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 0.1K from Kempsey

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

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

Mesopotamia Lodge Deer Park


For a day to remember visit Mesopotamia Lodge Deer Park, set on 207 acres of undulating farmlands, enjoy delicious home cooked meals or morning/afternoon teas consisting of freshly cooked home made cakes. You can hand feed the friendly deer and view lots of lovely aviary birds and wild bird life

Catering for groups of people up to 80.

A visit to Mesopotamia Lodge Deer Park is also available on "A Day on the Macleay". Featuring Wigay Aboriginal Culture Park, Mesopotamia Lodge Deer Park, Dangars Creek Winery and Kaths Kreations. Bookings are essential.




192 Spooners Avenue
West Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 5.2K from Kempsey

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 to the west. Cedar Park Picnic Area is nearby on the Cedar Park Scenic Drive. The road is unsealed and four wheel drive is required, access is via Frederickton or Greenhill.




Collombatti Trig Road
Collombatti, NSW, 2440

Located 5.6K 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 grower's 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, and fun for the kids.

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


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Riverside Park,
Eden Street
Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 0.6K from Kempsey

The Slim Dusty Movie exhibition


The Nulla Nulla Gallery is currently displaying the Slim Dusty Movie exhibition until the end of August, 2016. The Slim Dusty Movie exhibition provides audiences a "behind the scenes" peek at how the Slim Dusty Movie was made, showing costumes, banners, props and the movie "stills" taken by David Parker. These along with behind the scenes footage, including interviews with Slim, Joy and Heather McKean, Anne and David Kirkpatrick, Producer Kent Chadwick, Glenn A. Baker and Mandawuy Yunupingu build upon the interactive displays and extensive object collection within the Slim Dusty Museum.


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MacLeay Valley Way
South Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 3.6K 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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