Exploring the Macleay Valley through the eyes and words of the Dunghutti and Thunghutti people is now a reality following a collection of culturally significant and informative signage installed throughout the region.
Kempsey Shire Council is launching the Nature Trails of the Macleay campaign this month thanks to National Recovery and Resilience Agency funding under the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant Program.
The Nature Trails of the Macleay campaign aims to charm visitors and locals to plan their next adventure in the Kempsey Shire, enjoying experiences such as hiking, biking and driving as well as highlighting specific points of interest across the whole valley.
Kempsey Shire Council Acting Coordinator Economic Development and Tourism, Ashley Gray, said exploring the valley through the Nature Trails is an excellent way to take in the mix of coastline and hinterland within the Macleay Valley.
“With more and more people looking to get outside and explore, we’re excited to launch this campaign that highlights the natural wonders of our region, said Mrs Gray.”
“Following years of conquering challenges, the shire’s towns and businesses are looking forward to welcoming back locals and visitors alike and facilitating the best experience possible, as we continue on the journey of recovery.”
The campaign will highlight the features of the new signage installed in Crescent Head, Kempsey, Willawarrin, Bellbrook, Back Creek at South West Rocks, Hat Head, Stuarts Point and Grassy Head. These signs showcase beautiful imagery and stories that share the local Aboriginal history of the area and link, via QR code, to information on nearby points of interest, tracks and trails.
Nature Trails of the Macleay will be featured in Australian Geographic and Focus Magazines. In addition, advertisements will be aired on Southern Cross Austereo.
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant Program.