By car, along the Pacific Highway around 400km north from Sydney. The longest road bridge in Australia bypasses the town.
By plane, Port Macquarie Airport is around 45 minutes drive south, and has regular flights to Sydney and car hire. Kempsey has its own airport available for charter flights and general aviation.
- Hat Head National Park. Camping. Fantastic beaches, bushwalking.
- The Macleay, 61 Smith Street. Bistro. The Flaming Steer. Surprisingly diverse menu for a country pub.