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 in Maclean - Clarence Valley

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.

Grafton Airport

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.


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  1. Maclean Community Monthly Markets

    Saturday 08 September 2018 to Saturday 11 May 2019 , Maclean

    Maclean Community Markets are held on the second Saturday of each month in the main car park, near the Maclean Bowling Club. Stalls offer an array of items including jewellery, clothing, plants, craft items, freshly baked cookies and cakes …

    08 Sep - 11 May
  2. Maclean Public School Spring Fair

    Sunday 16 September 2018 , Maclean

    The Maclean Spring fair is a biennial event aimed to create a fun and affordable day out for the whole family! The day will start with a welcome to country, followed by songs in language and a yarning circle will run throughout the day. …

    16 Sep
  3. Maclean Macmarket Day

    Saturday 05 January 2019 , Maclean

    The Maclean MacMarket is an annual market held on the first Saturday of the year hosted by Lions in the main street of the town. Thousands of people descend to this riverside village for the event. River Street is closed to traffic and t…

    05 Jan