Slim Dusty Centre

An Australian Life in Song


Located in Kempsey, The Slim Dusty Centre is a major tourism attraction, celebrating the life of Australian Icon, Slim Dusty.


The Slim Dusty Centre is a must see on the national and international visitors’ scene.

The Slim Dusty Museum exhibition features objects and images from the Kirkpatrick family’s own extensive archive. This also includes contributions from fans and friends from all over the world. Visually rich and astonishingly varied, the display provides a look into Slim’s first steps into show business, the early years of adventures with Joy and their mates touring the towns and villages of Australia’s outback and the glory days of life on the showgrounds of Australia with artistes and performers of vaudevillian delights.

Enjoy the costumes, the images of Australian life and its people, the music of some of Australia’s finest musicians and the insights into Australia’s vast history and geography that only Slim and Joy’s sixty years on the road can provide.



Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Café open Tuesday to Sundays 10:00am to 2:00pm

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Slim Dusty Festival: 8 – 11 Sept 2022

The Slim Dusty Foundation and Chandler Shaw Events are thrilled to announce that the Slim Dusty Festival, Kempsey, has been confirmed for 8th to 11th September 2022.
The First Artist Lineup will be revealed on the festival website and social media platforms on Tuesday 18th January with tickets on sale on Tuesday 1st February 2022.
So plan your get away to Kempsey and the beautiful Macleay Valley Coast in 2022, mark you calendars and get ready to book your tickets to what is sure to be a truley celebratory festival in more certain times.




Images: Courtesy of Slim Dusty Centre & Museum

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