Tourism

Relax to the max

Waterfront cafe - Gladstone Trial Bay Gaol Stuarts Point beach Crescent Head beach Natural creek bed, Uppper Macleay River

The area surrounding the historic town of Kempsey combines some of the best beaches in the world with a hinterland that is both accessible and virtually untouched. 80% of the 80 kilometre coastline is protected from development by Hat Head National Park, Arakoon National Park, Limeburners Creek National Park and Goolawah National Park & Goolawah Regional Park. The seaside resorts of South West Rocks, Crescent Head, Hat Head, Stuarts Point and Grassy Head are scattered along this magnificent stretch of coast and all offer clean, unspoilt beaches with great surfing and no highrise!

The Macleay River meanders through rural and forest country and the mountains of the Great Dividing Range. Quaint country villages such as Gladstone, Smithtown, Frederickton, Bellbrook, Willawarrin, Kinchela, Jerseyville and Kundabung provide interesting insights into a wonderful rural lifestyle. There are many beautiful forest drives which are well worthwhile to explore. The river provides visitors with many water based recreational opportunities such as fishing, sailing, canoeing and waterskiing. Over 100,000 hectares of State Forests, the world heritage Werrikimbe National Park, the Upper Macleay Gorges and the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park can all be explored in the Macleay Valley's hinterland.

Sporting enthusiasts will find the Macleay Valley an ideal place to pursue their favourite pastime - golf, bowls, tennis, squash, ten pin bowling, horse and greyhound racing tracks, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, bushwalking, birdwatching or horseriding. Fascinating attractions such as historic Trial Bay Gaol, Smoky Cape Lighthouse and the award winning Kempsey museum draw thousands of visitors annually to this valley of contrasts.

Kempsey, South West Rocks and Crescent Head have open air skateparks which feature a combination of ramps, platforms and grind bars of varying heights to suit skateboarders, rollerbladers and BMX riders.

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