Kempsey is a town on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales.
Kempsey is a service town on the Macleay River. It it a significant station on the railway line between Sydney and Brisbane.
By train, Countrylink, the twice daily Sydney, Brisbane, and the once daily Grafton services stop here.
By bus, the coaches plying the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane stop here.
By car, the Pacific Highway goes straight through the town, about 400km north from Sydney although a bypass is under construction. Untill then, the town is infamous for traffic congestion during long weekends and school holidays. Allow up to an hour extra to get through town during these periods.
- Hat Head National Park. Camping. Fantastic beaches, bushwalking.
- Kempsey Chinese Restaurant (The Panda), 54 Smith St Kempsey 2440 NSW. This cheerful Chinese restaurant, a popular pit stop for those traveling along the Pacific Highway, serves a variety of staples such as sweet and sour pork, Mongolian lamb and lemon chicken. For those after a view with dinner, ring ahead and request seating in the second store dining room - it looks out onto the beautiful Macleay River. $7-$15. edit
- The Macleay, 61 Smith Street. Bistro. The Flaming Steer. Surprisingly diverse menu for a country pub. edit