Maclean, New South Wales, Australia

Even the powerline poles in Maclean have a Celtic flavour. Each of the power poles on the approach to this Scottish town are dressed up – or painted – in a different patterned tartan and bear the matching Clan name. The small country town, on the banks of the mighty Clarence River – the second largest river on Australia’s east cost – was settled largely by Scottish Highlanders driven from their native country by the Highland Clearances and famine in the 1840s. The Scottish character prevails today in the town’s architecture, street signs, banners and museum. Maclean is renowned for its annual Highland Gathering each Easter, which has been going for more than a century. Highlights of the festival are a sound and colour show, pipe bank parade and a Ceilidh in the park.

Key information:

  • 18km south of Yamba
  • Home to the annual Highland Gathering each Easter
  • Settled by Scottish immigrants
  • Maclean Stone Cottage & Bicentennial Museum at cnr Wharf & Grafts Sts, Maclean
  • Heritage Trail
  • Maclean Gifts & Sweets at 2/221 River St, Maclean
  • Espresso Botero at 275 River St, Maclean
  • Scottish Corner Shop at cnr River St and Argyle St, Maclean