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Kempsey Area

The Macleay Valley is nestled at the northern end of the Mid North Coast. It is a truly unspoilt area, boasting a temperate climate and endless stretches of sandy beaches. More than 80 per cent of the Macleay Valley’s coastline is protected by national parks and reserves, creating a natural paradise for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Relax into the unhurried seaside ambience of South West Rocks, at the mouth of the Macleay River. Here you’ll find ideal conditions for surfing, diving and bushwalking. Don’t miss the quiet fishing villages of Crescent Head, Hat Head and Stuart’s Point. Feast your eyes on the expanse of coastal scenery, and enjoy the tranquility of the Macleay Valley hinterland. Picnic on the banks of the Macleay River.

Visit the heritage-listed village of Bellbrook. Enjoy a bushwalk in Hat Head National Park or Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve. Step back in time to historic Trial Bay Gaol, in the Arakoon State Recreational Area. See the Museum and settlers cottage and aboriginal food tree park in Kempsey. Surf at Crescent Head, world-renowned point break, and stay for a night or two at Smoky Cape Lighthouse.

At Kempsey, visit the home base of that great Australian icon, the Akubra Hat.

Activites and Experiences at Kempsey Area

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Nearest Airport: Kempsey Airport

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