Maclean

Highlights

Scottish delights

Discover the ‘Scottish Town in Australia’ at riverside Maclean, where you can explore hundreds of tartan-painted power poles. Enjoy the annual Maclean Highland Gathering festival and savour delicious locally roasted coffee and fresh local produce in charming cafes.

  • Maclean Highland Gathering
  • Clarence River from Scottish Cairn

About Maclean

A delightful town on the banks of the beautiful Clarence River, Maclean celebrates its Scottish heritage with the Maclean Tartan Power Poles – more than 200 power poles painted in family tartans - and the Highland Gathering, a festival held every Easter for more than 110 years.

The charming town centre has lovely boutiques and cafes and restaurants serving fresh local produce. Amble along the streets and you’ll see the colourful tartan poles. Centrally located in the Clarence Valley, Maclean is a great base for visiting Grafton, Yamba and Iluka and national parks.

Clarence River, Maclean

For spectacular views of the Clarence Valley, the Maclean Lookout is two kilometres from the town centre. Stroll from the lookout to the Pinnacle, a fascinating balancing rock formation surrounded by an area of subtropical rainforest and an important Aboriginal cultural heritage site.

Relax with a fishing rod at many superb fishing spots along the river near Maclean. And you can buy freshly caught seafood including local prawns from various locations in the town. Accommodation options range from motels and self-contained apartments to bed and breakfasts, caravan parks and pubs.

Fly into Clarence Valley Regional Airport, Grafton

Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 12 km from Grafton’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip northwest. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates more than 30 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney for travel into Grafton.

  1. Ferry Park Gallery

    Ferry Park Gallery

    Ferry Park Gallery is located on the Pacific Highway at the southern entrance to the Scottish town of Maclean, overlooking a beautiful section of the Clarence River. Approximately 60 local artists,...

  2. Kingstudio Gallery

    Kingstudio Gallery

    Kingstudio is an art gallery, bed and breakfast and printmaking workshop overlooking the mighty Clarence River. You can visit the gallery, stay in the accommodation and/or enjoy a two day workshop in screen or block...

  3. Maclean Lookout

    Maclean Lookout

    Maclean Lookout is just two kilometres from the town centre on a good sealed road. Offering spectacular views of the coast, bushland, cane fields, river, islands and township. There are picnic tables and turn-around...

  4. Maclean Scottish Shop

    Maclean Scottish Shop

    This little corner store in Maclean specialises in the Scottish heritage of the area, with advice on tracing family clans. They have a range of tartan samples to help identify family tartans. The shop is staffed by...

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