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Located on the Macleay River, Kempsey is surrounded by rich agricultural land supporting a dairy industry, it is less than 30 minutes drive from the coast.

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Location

Kempsey is in the Mid North Coast region of NSW, it is 420 km (5 hr drive) from Sydney and 493 km (5.5 hr drive) from Brisbane. It is 50 km (45 min drive) from the coastal centre of Port Macquarie.

Kempsey is the largest urban centre in the rural Macleay Valley, it is home of the famous Akubra Hat and the Slim Dusty Centre that celebrates the career of the country music icon who grew up nearby.

How to get there

The nearest airport is at Port Macquarie, 48 km (40 min drive) from Kempsey. Port Macquarie Airport is serviced by Qantas and Virgin Australia. They both operate daily services to Sydney, and Virgin Australia also operates direct services to Brisbane.

Kempsey railway station is located on the North Coast line providing a connection to both Sydney and Brisbane.

Population

Kempsey is home to more than 10,600 people and the median age of residents is 40 years.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up nearly 21% of the population.

The town is located in the North Coast Primary Health Network, this needs assessment provides an insight into population health across the North Coast community.

Healthcare facilities

Kempsey District Hospital is a level 3 rural hospital, with 81 beds, 10 of which are used for voluntary mental health patients. The hospital provides a 24 hour emergency department that is staffed by local GPs VMOs supplemented by career medical officers. Surgical services include general, gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, dental, day surgery, urology, elective and emergency caesarean sections at a designated level. There is also the University of New South Wales Rural Clinical School within the hospital.

Kempsey Community Health Centre provides an extensive range of community health services.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Kempsey.

 

Accredited GP practices

  • A. B. Surgery
  • Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service
  • Kempsey Drug and Alcohol Service
  • Kempsey Medical Centre
  • St Colluthus Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Kempsey are: take away food services, building and other industrial cleaning services, hospitality, meat processing, and automotive body, paint and interior repair.
  • Childcare

For young families Kempsey offers numerous childcare options including long day care, family day care, pre-school and out of school hours care.
  • Shopping

Kempsey is home to well-known national retailers including Coles, Woolworths, IGA, Aldi, Target Country and Big W along with many other boutique and specialty stores, cafes and restaurants.
  • Places of worship

There are a number of places of worship located in Kempsey including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Seventh-day Adventist and Uniting churches. There is also a Buddhist centre located in Port Macquarie (40 min drive from Kempsey).

  • Points of interest

Kempsey offers many outdoor and cultural experiences, such as The Slim Dusty Centre, Dunghutti-Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery, learn about bush tucker at the Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park, the architecturally interesting Historical Museum in South Kemsey Park and Yarriabini National Park. See Macleay Valley Coast for more things to do and local events.
  • Sporting activities

Kempsey boast many sporting clubs and a wide range of sporting facilities including these include four golf courses, swimming pool complexes, tennis courts, netball courts, soccer fields, baseball, hockey fields, rugby union, rugby league and more.
  • Community groups and activities

In Kempsey community groups and volunteer organisations include the Kempsey Evening View Club, Rotary Club of Kempsey Inc., PCYC Kempsey, The Stuarts Point Players and Kempsey Lions Club. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Community Services Directory - Kempsey Shire.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Port Macquarie, a good place to start are the Facebook pages: Kempsey buy swap and sell, Macleay Argus, Kempsey Shire Council and Macleay Valley Coast.