Kempsey is considered to be the biggest suburban town in the Macleay Valley. Located in the local government area of Kempsey Shire in New South Wales, Kempsey is near the Pacific Ocean and other natural landmarks such as the Hat Head National Park and Maria National Park. These features and attractions in the area help draw tourists and businesses. Among the well-known industries is the manufacturing sector that produces the well-known Akubra hats.
There are several primary schools and high schools in Kempsey as part of its public amenities and facilities. Other industries in the area such as wineries and nut production are also becoming more prevalent.