Three minutes off the Pacific Highway is the river town of Maclean, with a relaxed lifestyle that offers everything you could wish for.
Explore all the historic architecture of the town, take the heritage walking trail, visit the museum and don’t miss the breathtaking views from the Maclean lookout over the town and the mighty Clarence River. Take a relaxing stroll along the town centre boulevard with the beautifully restored shop fronts, browse through the many and varied shops and arts & crafts galleries and pick yourself up a special gift or souvenir. Enjoy a stop along the river bank and soak up the charm of the Clarence.
For golfing enthusiasts there is an 18 hole golf course located in beautiful surrounds on Woodford Island. With a riverside caravan park, two motels, and hotels and two nearby bed & breakfast in Ashby your accommodation needs are covered.
Maclean is the headquarters for the prawn trawlers that harvest the 90 kilometre tidal length of the Clarence from the river mouth to the Ulmarra Ferry. Maclean is also an excellent place for an enthusiastic angler to drop a line.
Maclean is very proud of its heritage and has been proclaimed ‘The Scottish Town in Australia’. A cairn of rocks from Australia and Scotland, commemorates Maclean’s Scottish pioneers. Each year the clans invade for the Easter Highland Gathering and Scottish Week is celebrated in July. Many street signs carry Gaelic translations and more than 100 telegraph poles along the main streets have been painted in the tartans of local Scottish clans. Call into the local souvenir shop to pick up a map and track down your family tartan.
Maclean is the southern gateway of the sugar industry and Harwood Island Sugar Mill, the oldest continuous working mill in Australia, has been crushing cane since 1874.