This drive takes in panoramic views of the Macleay River, surrounding farmlands, mountain ranges as well as historic and significant buildings in Kempsey. The drive starts from the architecturally designed Val Melville Centre in South Kempsey which is named after Australia’s first female Tourism Manager. The building was purposely designed to house the local History Museum and Visitor Information Centre. World known architect Glenn Murcutt has won a number of awards for the building which now houses an Aboriginal Art Gallery as well.
Follow these instructions to enjoy the Kempsey Town Scenic Drive.
From the Visitor Information Centre at South Kempsey, turn left onto Lachlan St which becomes Lord St and drive 1.6kms to Rudder Park Lookout on your left. For a drive of historic West Kempsey, pretty river views and a comfortable picnic area, turn left onto Lord St, drive across the traffic bridge and veer left at the first set of traffic lights into Belgrave St.
Take the first left into John St, turn left at Eden St, the car park and picnic area is ont he right. Turn left into Eden St and continue past the sporting fields and under the railway bridge to the roundabout at Elbow St, West Kempsey.
Turn left into Elbow St and follow it as it sweeps right and turns into River St. Just past the hospital is a stunning lookout on the left, opposite Leith St, offering breahtaking views across the Macleay River and farmlands against a dramatic mountain range backdrop. Continue along River St, turn right at the Pacific Highway signpost into North St and continue past Warwick Park Racecourse. Just before the railway crossing, turn right into Kemp St and travel 2.5kms to see the historic Catholic and Anglican churches.
Afterwards, turn left into Sea St opposite the restored Court House, then turn left at the roundabout and retrace Belgrave St.
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