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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).