Maclean is a town in Clarence Valley in the Northern Rivers region. It is situated 20 kilometres inland from Yamba, bypassed by the M1 Pacific Highway and lies on the stunning Clarence River.
Surrounded by lush rolling green hills, and far reaching sugar cane fields, the town was originally centred around cedar-getting, however industry today includes sugar cane production, farming, river prawn trawling and tourism. Mostly residential, the suburb has a District Hospital, a number of schools, showground’s, visitor accommodation, a sporting complex, local independent businesses and community support services and amenities.
Due to a large number of early Scottish settlers Maclean calls itself “Australia’s Scottish Town”, and still holds services for the descendants of the settlers today in the Presbyterian Church. Many street signs are written in English and Scottish Gaelic, power poles are painted with tartan patterns, pubs serve up “haggis” and a great stone cairn stands in Herb Stanford Park.
The Bicentennial Museum contains historical artefacts and replicas of an early school-room and hospital along with regular changing exhibitions. The Stone Cottage in the grounds was built in 1879 using sandstone quarried from the site and has been returned to a “living history” replica of a typical home from the turn of the century.
Maclean is well known for its fishing and easy access to National Parks and during Easter visitors can celebrate the century-old annual Maclean Highlands Gathering and Highland Games.