Nature in Macelan
Maclean is a fishing port located inland on undulating terrain along the magnificent Clarence River and surrounded by countryside and farmlands. The view from Maclean Hill encompasses the area's winding blue river, rolling green hills and far-reaching sugar cane fields.
Due to the large number of early Scottish settlers, Maclean calls itself Australia's 'Scottish Town'. Australia's oldest free Presbyterian church still holds services for the descendants of the early settlers, and there is a large Scottish cairn constructed from rocks from around Australia and Scotland in the Herb Stanford Memorial Park, overlooking the river in Taloumbi Street.
Maclean's Scottish heritage is further celebrated with Gaelic street signs, tartan painted power poles and the availability of typically Scottish cuisine - such as haggis - at the local pubs.
Visit during Easter to be a part of the century-old annual Maclean Highlands Gathering and Highland Games.
Maclean is also well known for its river fishing and its easy access to coastal national parks and holiday resorts.
Saturday 12 September 2015 to Saturday 9 January 2016
Maclean Community Monthly Markets Maclean Community Markets are held
Sunday 20 September 2015 to Sunday 17 January 2016
Ashby Monthly Markets Relax and enjoy a peaceful drive of
Fly into Grafton Airport
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.
Maclean Hotel. Image Northern Rivers Tourism
Clarence River in Maclean. Image Northern Rivers Tourism
Fishing boats on Clarence River. Image Sally Mayman