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.

Quick Facts

Kempsey is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Kempsey  in New South Wales, it is located approximately 346kms from the capital Sydney and extends over an area of 6.982 square kilometres. Kempsey has a recorded population of 474 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Sydney.

If you are planning a visit to Kempsey we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Kempsey and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.