"SCOTTISH TOWN - MACLEAN" Maclean by balhannah

Maclean Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 53 photos


Arriving at Maclean you will find Tartan everywhere! If you didn't know it was a "Scottish" town, you soon will!

Maclean is known for the sugar cane grown in the area, an important part of Maclean's heritage and economy. It is the southern gateway to the industry which grows as far north as Cairns.

The Clarence river runs beside the town, this also provides another kind of industry - Prawn trawlers catching Prawns.

The tourist may like to hire a Houseboat and travel along the Clarence river, a great way to take in the scenery, fish and relax.

As Maclean is situated in an area where National Parks & interesting towns are plentiful, you may want to make it your home base for a week and do tours out.
Accommodation ranges from camping to Bed & Breakfast, from the cheap to the most expensive.

The tourist information centre is at the southern turn-off to Maclean. As well as tourist information, there is a café and Restaurant with some nice views of the River and a Gallery of arts and crafts.Lower Clarence Aboriginal Tourist Site Drive
The information centre has a self-drive pamphlet outlining 13 significant Aboriginal sites in the area.


Maclean Highland Gathering - April
Kirkin of the Tartan - April
Lower Clarence Dance Eisteddfod - May
Maclean Family Festival - June
Tartan Day - July
Maclean Aquatic Powerboat Regatta - August
Lower Clarence Veteran Golf Week - August
Federation Arts & Crafts Expo - September
Scottish Week - November
Lawrence Twilight Rodeo - December

Next stop, will be the historic old town of BELLINGEN

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  • In a nutshell:A little piece of Scottish heritage in Australia!
  • Last visit to Maclean: Nov 2013
  • Intro Updated Nov 12, 2013
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