We invite you to explore the beautiful Macleay Valley Coast while you’re in the region for our event – Kempsey has so much to offer! What is there to do in a coastal region when the weather turns chilly? The answer is, plenty, especially when winter in the Macleay is mostly blue clear skies and crisp, cooler days. Here are our top ways to enjoy winter on the Macleay Valley Coast in winter.
About the event
The Shimano MTB GP’s events are all about “seriously fun” racing! Podium chasers can line up with Australia’s elites and experienced amateur endurance racers plus casual racers will have a blast, all feeling safe and part of an inspiring community.
Supported by Macleay Valley Coast, this event will be happening at the Kalateenee MTB Trails. Race for four hours solo or in relay pairs. There are age-group and eBike categories. Expect less of a winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all racers.
This is XC lap racing at its best! From the first time between the tape to people that have spent a lifetime training for power output, we have you covered when you line up at the Rocky Trail start line!
We have TWO Shimano MTB GP events happening back-to-back over one PACKED weekend in July.
Start out at Jolly Nose MTB park in the beautiful Port Macquarie Hastings Valley on the SATURDAY, and then follow up with another GP on SUNDAY at the Kaleteenee MTB trails in Kempsey, which is only 45 minutes north!
Check out the Destination piece for Port Macquarie as well, and make it an epic weekend full of twice the fun!
We can’t wait to come back to Kalateenee MTB Trails, which is a favourite with the local riders. We designed the Shimano MTB GP event format as a perfect opportunity to make it a weekend getaway with family, friends, your mates and your special someone!
Scroll down for visitor information such as accommodation options, and What’s On in the region off the race track. There are lots of ideas for what your fambam can get up to while you race, plus some of our favourite experiences you can have together before or after the race.
Kalateenee MTB Trails – 330 Macleay Valley Way, South Kempsey NSW 2440
The event centre is at the Kempsey Golf Course, so track side camping won’t be possible. You can, however, drive along West Street and camp in the State Forest there; plus there is the Kempsey Motor Inn right next to the Golf Course and a Caravan Park right across the road, the Kempsey Tourist Village.
Stay & Play!
The Macleay Valley Coast has a diverse range of accommodation available for all budgets. Find out more information and search by category to view all listings. Find out more…
Camping: From beachfront and creekside caravan parks to the space and tranquillity of one of our National Parks and Reserves to the picturesque hinterland, you’ll find a range of camping options in the Macleay Valley Coast.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Kempsey and the surrounding region has so much to offer. Here are the top things to do with some insider tips from the locals!
Fishing is another great way to get out on the water at this time of year, with endless options including beach, rock, reef, deep sea, river and estuary fishing.
Don’t forget to pop into the Gladstone Hub for a coffee and toastie from Steam and Cedar and spend some time perusing art, vintage furniture and Moroccan rugs in the artisan stores.
Near Crescent Head, you’ll find short headland walks in Limeburners and Goolawah National Parks. Another beautiful rainforest walk sets out from The Pines Picnic Area in Yarriabini National Park and, nearby, there’s a great coastal headland trail around Grassy Head.
The track leads downhill through whispering she-oaks where you might catch a glimpse of a magnificent glossy black cockatoo among the branches. Passing through lush rainforest, entwined with liana vines and dotted with cabbage palms, a swamp wallaby may cross your path.
A boardwalk leads down to the picturesque palm-fringed North Smoky Beach, where you can refresh yourself with a swim in the turquoise waves before heading back up the path.