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Ashby is a peaceful town that offers great scenic drives. Enjoy a picnic on its riverbank and see the mighty hills of Maclean in the distance. Ashby provides a great view of The Broadwater, a stretch of shallow water with a deeper channel towards its eastern bank that is accessible to smaller yachts and tinnies. Sitting near the entrance is the hulk of an old sugar cane barge.

The local residents of Ashby hold a market on the third Sunday of the month with local produce, barbecues and arts and crafts. Ashby is a growing community that is being developed with new subdivisions and city people who enjoy the quiet lifestyle of the Clarence Valley.

Ashby: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Kingstudio Gallery

Kingstudio is an art gallery, bed and breakfast and printmaking workshop overlooking the mighty Clarence River. You can visit the gallery, stay in the accommodation and/or enjoy a two day workshop in screen or block printing with master printmaker Malcolm King.

The gallery features a constantly changing exhibition and provides visitors with the opportunity to view a wide spectrum of media including painting, printmaking, digital media, stunning pottery and hand crafted jewellery, a showcase for the very best of the regions contemporary art.

105 River Street
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 3.1K from Ashby

Maclean Tartan Power Poles

The iconic Maclean Tartan Power Poles were instigated by the Maclean Scottish Town Association in the year 2000 to coincide with the arrival of the Olympic Torch which was to be conveyed through the township of Maclean. The designs attracted so much favourable comment that there was ongoing considerable public demand for "Family Tartans" to be painted.

Hence the Tartan Power Pole painting was carried on through the main street and extended from there so that today they have an avenue of tartan poles in and around the streets of the main town, extending from the Harwood Bridge to the southern approach to Maclean at Ferry Park. All tartan designs have been painted by resident Maclean artist Linda El Mir.

The Clarence Coast Visitor Information Centre at Ferry Park and the Scottish Shop in Maclean have free maps with locations of the (over 200) Power Poles with Clan Tartans.

Locations in and around River Street
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 3.2K from Ashby

Maclean Scottish Shop

This little corner store in Maclean specialises in the Scottish heritage of the area, with advice on tracing family clans. They have a range of tartan samples to help identify family tartans. The shop is staffed by volunteers.

Tourist information and Scottish inspired souvenirs are also available. General inquiries on Scottish issues in Maclean can be made.

201 River Street
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 3.6K from Ashby

Maclean Stone Cottage and Bicentennial Museum

The Maclean Bicentennial Museum is one of very few purpose-built museums in rural Australia. The excellent design enables visitors to easily understand and enjoy the range of special displays.

There are delightful replicas of an early school room and an early hospital ward plus many regularly changing exhibitions. The museum offers a very interesting insight into early Australian lifestyles and the experience extends well beyond the boundaries of the Clarence River.

The Stone Cottage, in the same grounds, was built by Johann George Schaefer after 1879 using sandstone quarried from the site. It became the local museum in 1973 and since the opening of its big brother in 1988 it has been returned to a "living history" replica of a typical home from the turn of the century. It contains many working models.

Corner Wharf Street and Grafton Street
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 4.3K from Ashby

Maclean Lookout

Maclean Lookout is just two kilometres from the town centre on a good sealed road. Offering spectacular views of the coast, bushland, cane fields, river, islands and township. There are picnic tables and turn-around at the Lookout summit which coaches and caravans can easily negotiate. The reserve is a popular site for people walking for pleasure and exercise and enjoying the open space and natural features.

The reserve has long been Maclean's Scenic Lookout and largely undisturbed with the exception of the cleared area surrounding the lookout, the area adjacent to the communications tower and the Pinnacle. Maclean Lookout Reserve has a high level of historical value in terms of being the site for the town Scenic Lookout where the community have traditionally enjoyed views of the Clarence River, Lake Wooloweyah and the hinterland.
The view from the Lookout gives a perspective of the flood plain, estuarine and coastal connection.

Wharf Street
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 4.4K from Ashby

Ashby: Events

Ashby Monthly Markets

Relax and enjoy a peaceful drive off the highway into the small village of Ashby, and head along to the local markets held on the third Sunday of each month.

Ashby locals welcome you to enjoy a stroll around the variety of stalls on offer. Stalls include fruit and vegetables, homemade cakes and slices, second hand goods, and the arts and crafts of the talented locals.

If you get peckish on your stroll through the array of goodies, the Community Centre canteen has some delicious food, hot and cold, lunch and snacks for sale.

Event Dates
      20th Nov
      18th Dec

Lismore Street
Ashby, NSW, 2463

Located 1.7K from Ashby

Maclean Community Monthly Markets

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 and a great range of fresh produce. So bring yourself and the family and come on down to the Maclean Community Markets.

Event Dates
      12th Nov
      10th Dec

Centenary Drive
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 3.8K from Ashby

Maclean Highland Gathering

Maclean is known as the 'Scottish Town in Australia' and clans invade the town for the highland gathering from around the country.

Piping competitions take place non-stop at different venues, as well as street concerts with dancers, pipers and singers. A parade to the showground of all the participating bands takes place and is followed by traditional Scottish games and dancing - tossing the Caber and hammer throwing, food stalls and Scottish products await the bands and visitors at the Showgrounds before a Grand Scottish Concert at the Civic Hall.

Event Dates
      14th Apr
      15th Apr

Maclean Showground
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 4.6K from Ashby

Maclean Lions Club Billy Cart Derby

The Maclean Lions Club Billy Cart Derby is gearing up for another successful outing down the hills of the Maclean Showground!

There are three age groups and two classes of billy carts that contestants can compete in. Age groups are eight to 11 years, 12 to 16 years, and Open.

Billy Cart Classes are Soapbox, where wheel sizes are a maximum of 300 millimetres in diameter, some form of steering and some form of braking is present; and Open Class, which must have some form of braking.

Both classes must have a maximum 1.2 metre wheel width, a maximum 2.1 metre wheel base and no dangerous protrusions. All carts must have four wheels.

All drivers must wear a motorcycle helmet, gloves, overalls or long sleeved shirt, long trousers and closed in footwear.

Scrutineering of carts begins at 9am, with the first race kicking off at 10am.

Event Dates
      26th Jan

Maclean Showground,
Cameron Street
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 4.7K from Ashby

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