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The river town of Maclean is known as The Scottish Town in Australia and is proud of its Scottish heritage. A cairn of rocks from Australia and Scotland commemorates Maclean's Scottish pioneers. Each year the clans invade for the Easter Highland Gathering. Many street signs carry Gaelic translations and more than 200 telegraph poles along the main streets have been painted in the tartans of local Scottish clans.

Offering a relaxed lifestyle, take the self-guided heritage walking trail and admire its historic architecture, visit the town's museum or browse the boutique shops and art and craft galleries. Don't miss the breathtaking views from the Maclean lookout over the coastal towns and the mighty Clarence River.

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Maclean: Where To Go / Sightseeing

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 0.3K from Maclean

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 0.6K from Maclean

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 0.9K from Maclean

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 1.1K from Maclean

Maclean: Events

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
2016
      8th Oct
      12th Nov
      10th Dec


Centenary Drive
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 0.1K from Maclean

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
2017
      14th Apr
      15th Apr


Maclean Showground
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 0.8K from Maclean

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
2017
      26th Jan


Maclean Showground,
Cameron Street
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 0.8K from Maclean

Maclean Agricultural Show


The Maclean Agricultural Show is held over two days. Events include sideshows, equestrian events, trotting, exhibitions, sales displays, floral and fruit exhibits and food stalls. The Maclean Show also has cane exhibits, craft, beef cattle, vegetables, poultry, cooking, championship dog show, caged birds, photography, school exhibits, and trade exhibits.

The Agricultural and Industrial Show in Maclean has now become a yearly attraction where not only farmers and industry workers can present their wares, but it also allows exhibitors from all walks of life to display their talents and to gain knowledge and learn from fellow exhibitors.

Bring the family and head to the show for a great time full of fun entertainment.




Maclean Showground,
Cameron Street
Maclean, NSW, 2463

Located 0.8K from Maclean

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