Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Published April 9th 2016
I'd love to have a beer with Duncan, cause Duncan's me mate
The Slim Dusty Centre opened in late 2015 and has been a popular tourist attraction in the Kempsey region since it's first day.
The centre not only showcases the music of Slim Dusty but it also highlights the importance of country music on our country's social fabric, and is an well frequented convention and function centre.
The Slim Dusty Museum is of course, it's most popular drawcard. The museum is open daily from 10am to 4pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday).
At the time of writing museum entry prices are $23.50 per adult, $18.50 for concession passes and $9.50 for children and students. Kids are 5 are free. Note however that you can get into the front area of the Slim Dusty Centre, including the shop and other items for free, it's just the museum area that you pay for.
The museum showcases items from the archives of the Kilpatrick family with amazing history, starting from Slim's first years in the music industry. The exhibit includes contributions from fans all over the world and is a must for any country music buff. The costumes are on display from the early years and a good account of Slim and Joy's travelling gigs throughout Australia.
There is a gift shop with memorabilia available for purchase including, of course, replicas of the iconic hats. The shop also showcases local products and has a nice array of locally produced food.
Names on the sidewalk of those who have donated to the centre
One of the fun exhibits at the Slim Dusty Centre is the paver program. Rows and rows of brick pavers enscribed by members of the public with a tribute to Slim. The first round of the paver program has sold out and as at April 2016 the second round is still available to buy into. For a taxable donation you can get your name and tribute inscribed and laid forever in the paver path along the entry way to the centre. Contributions start at $100 for one brick.
The Slim Dusty Centre is at 490 Macleay Valley Way, South Kempsey, NSW.