Surrounded by undulating countryside and farmland, the fishing port of Maclean is located on the banks of the Clarence River.
Located in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Maclean is 650 km (7.25 hr drive) north east from Sydney. It is 50 km (45 min drive) from the regional centre of Grafton and only 14 km (15 min drive) from the coastal town of Yamba.
Named after a Scotsman and with a large number of early settlers originally from Scotland, Maclean is called the 'Scottish Town of Australia'. It celebrates this heritage with numerous features in the town as well as the, a festival held every Easter for more than 110 years.
Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 45 min drive from Maclean’s town centre. Regional Express operates more than 30 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney.
Larger airports are available in Coffs Harbour (90 min drive from Maclean) and Ballina (80 min drive from Maclean).
NSW Trainlink rail services provide access by train and coach from Sydney and Brisbane to Grafton. There is also a coach service from Sydney servicing Grafton, Iluka, Maclean and Yamba.
Maclean is home to more than 2,600 people, the median age of residents is 56 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up more than 8% of the population.
Maclean District Hospital is a small local community facility with less than 50 beds.
Grafton Base Hospital is the regional referral hospital and is a 45 min drive from Maclean. It is a level 3/4 base hospital, services include: emergency department, medical ward, surgical ward, renal unit, maternity unit, children and adolescent ward, intensive care unit, coronary care unit, oncology unit, medical imaging/x-ray and community & allied health services. The hospital also provides: outpatient mental health, drug and alcohol, dental health and palliative care services.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Maclean.