The Macleay Argus has been the heartbeat of the Kempsey area since it was first published in 1889.
Overlooking the Macleay River on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and surrounded by farmland and National Parks, this bustling regional centre is just a short drive from the beautiful surf beaches of South West Rocks, Hat Head and Crescent Head.
The Macleay Valley is home to the Dunghutti people. It is also the birthplace of the "King of Country", Slim Dusty, whose legacy is preserved in a $10.4 million museum and events centre on the outskirts of Kempsey. Famed author Thomas Kenneally spent his childhood in Kempsey and used it as inspiration for his book A River Town.
Kempsey has been the home of the world-famous Akubra hats for almost 50 years. It is the hub for a thriving timber, cattle and tourism industry. On the coast, South West Rocks is known for its historic Trial Bay Gaol while Crescent Head is home to a national surfing reserve.
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