Kempsey | New South WalesThe largest urban centre in the rural Macleay Valley, Kempsey is divided by the Pacific Hwy and the Macleay River. The town attracts business and tourists, and is growing as a retirement centre. Kempsey is also the home of Australia's famous Akubra hats, although the factory is not open to the public.
Main AttractionsKempsey's most interesting historic buildings are located mainly in Kemp, Elbow and Sea sts. Many of these 19th-century buildings are listed on the town's heritage trail. South Kempsey Park is the location of the Kempsey Cultural Centre. Here visitors will find the information centre and the Macleay River Historical Museum, which is open daily 10am-4pm. The museum displays feature an early settler's cottage and the local history of Aboriginal groups from the Macleay valley.
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One of Kempsey's main attractions is its proximity to the coastal resorts of South West Rocks, Crescent Head, Hat Head, Stuarts Point and Grassy Head, all offering unspoilt coastal scenery and clean beaches. Wilay Bijarr Aboriginal Tours offers cultural and historical tours of significant Aboriginal sites in the area, covering bush tucker and medicine. Ph: (02) 6562 5959
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