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South Kempsey has the award winning Val Melville Centre which houses the Macleay River Historical Society's Museum, the Visitor Information Centre and the Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery. The building was designed by the internationally known architect Glenn Murcutt.

The architecturally stunning Slim Dusty Centre is also located on the Macleay Valley Way at South Kempsey due to open in October 2015, when completed will be an iconic Australian experience built around the legendary country music star and Australian country music.

The local Golf Club has a manicured 18 hole course with resident kangaroos and access to a number of mountain biking trails.

The is a number of motels in South Kempsey as well as caravan parks.

South 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.




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

Located 0.4K from South 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 0.5K from South 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 0.6K from South 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
West Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 2.7K from South 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 2.7K from South 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 7.3K from South Kempsey

Scott Jackson Artworks


Artists' Studio and Gallery in a bush setting displaying paintings, prints and cards by Australian Artist Scott Jackson.

Scott Jackson is an Australian Artist living near Crescent Head on the mid north coast of New South Wales. Here he is lucky to have the bush, beach and sea to be inspiration for creating paintings.

Please phone first to visit studio/gallery.




122 Wortley Drive
Crescent Head, NSW, 2440

Located 12.0K from South Kempsey

South 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
2018
      5th May


Riverside Park,
Eden Street
Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 1.3K from South Kempsey

Slim Dusty Festival


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 at Perry's Lemon Myrtle Farm.

On Tuesday join them in the hall for the old time dance night followed by their indoor and outdoor program at the Kempsey Showground with 27 of Australia's great country music Performers over seven days. Their volunteers will have the canteen up and running for seven days.

Join in Friday and Saturday at Bush Poet's breakfast and Sunday's the Gospel concert with Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson.

The Entertainers this year are the three Generations of the Dallas Family which includes 2018 Golden Guitar winner Ashleigh Dallas and Brett Dallas. Rex Dallas Pioneer of Australian Country Music and Lindsay Dallas.

Also Amos Morris will perform along with Golden Guitar winner Anne Kirkpatrick and David. Indigenous singer songwriter Ron Callaghan will also be performing along with Norma O'Hara Murphy, Graham Rodgers and many others throughout the weeks festival.


Event Dates
2018
      15th Oct
      16th Oct
      17th Oct
      18th Oct
      19th Oct
      20th Oct
      21st Oct


Sea Street
West Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 2.9K from South Kempsey

South 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.




Macleay Valley Way
South Kempsey, NSW, 2440

Located 2.0K from South Kempsey

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