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Kempsey

Kempsey is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales roughly 350 kilometres north of Sydney.

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About Kempsey

Kempsey is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales roughly 350 kilometres north of Sydney.

Kempsey and the surrounding Macleay Valley was first inhabited by the Dunghutti  people but was purchased in 1836 by Enoch William Rudder from Birmingham, who is credited as founder of the settlement.

Kempsey started as a sawmill and logging centre that flourished because of the large reserves of native Australian red cedar which were exported to Britain and USA to be sold as ‘Brazilian mahogany’ until the resource was exhausted in the 1960’s. After the mahogany trade, followed dairying as another major industry and led to the establishment of several cheese and butter factories and a Nestlé Milo factory at nearby Smithtown. 

Today Kempsey is growing with the aid of farming, wineries, nut production and other service industries not to mention its beautiful scenic views, nature reserves and beaches that attract hordes of tourists. Kempsey is the major service centre for the nearby coastal resorts of South West Rocks, Hat Head, and Crescent Head and is also home to the legendary Akubra hat factory and the soon to be opened Slim Dusty Centre.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs