An enviable lifestyle

The Macleay Valley is not just a great place to work, but also boasts an enviable lifestyle foremployees and their family.

The region is widely known for its natural beauty and as a holiday destination with award winning, unspoilt clear ocean waters and some of the most spectacular pristine coastal scenery in Australia.


The Macleay Valley experiences annual average temperatures ranging between 12 and 25 degrees. The historic town of Kempsey sits on the banks of the Macleay River, which winds its way own from the mountains of the Great Dividing Range down through spectacular forests and the rural country villages of Bellbrook, Willawarrin, Gladstone, Smithtown and Kinchela to the ocean at South West Rocks.

Natural recourses

National Parks and Reserves are a prominent feature in the region and include the world heritage listed Werrikimbe National Park, the Upper Macleay gorges, the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and Hat Head National Park.

In addition to this, there are many outdoor activities ranging from fishing, surfing sailing, canoeing, water-skiing, golf, bowls, tennis, horse riding, scuba diving, bushwalking, cycling and more.

Real Estate

Property prices* are more affordable than in the capital cities. Residential land in Kempsey can be purchased from as little as $55,000, with established homes ranging from $170,000. House and Land packages are available from $325,000 and units can be purchased from as little as $150,000.

The rural areas surrounding Kempsey are ideal for people seeking a change from suburbia towards rural-residential properties. In this category 8 ha (20 acres) properties start from $130,000 for land, or from $285,000 for homes with property.

Commercial rural properties, including dairy farming and cattle grazing can be purchased from $595,000.

In South West Rocks residential blocks can be purchased from $145,000. Three bedroom homes in South West Rocks can be purchased from $275,000, whilst executive homes can be purchased from $419,000.

In Crescent Head, residential blocks can be purchased from just $260,000. A four bedroom house, with coastal views can be purchased from $498,000. A two bedroom unit that is within easy walking distance from the beach can be purchased from $219,000.


The Macleay Valley has excellent community facilities including cycleways, swimming pools, sporting ovals for all codes, netball courts, tennis and squash courts, golf courses and much more. The Macleay Valley offers a fabulous environment in which to live, work, play and invest. Beautiful natural landscapes and a relaxed lifestyle are the keys to enjoying your new life in the Macleay Valley.

Lifestyle is important to the local community in the Macleay Valley and it is a reason that many people choose to move to the area. Kempsey Shire Council recognises this and has been successful in balancing the region’s economic growth with the need to conserve the natural environment.

Note: * All prices based on September 2009 data