Maclean is a fishing port located inland on undulating terrain along the magnificent Clarence River and surrounded by countryside and farmlands.
The population of Maclean is nearly 3,000 people, the median age is 51 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 8% of the population.
Maclean is a town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales on the Clarence. It is 650 km north of Sydney, 270 km south of Brisbane and only 20 minutes east of the coastal town of Yamba.
Maclean is both a fishing centre and the southern gateway to Australia’s sugar-growing region which stretches north to beyond Cairns.
Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 45 mins from Maclean’s town centre. Regional Express operates more than 30 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney.
NSW Trainlink rail services provide access by train and coach from Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Moree to Grafton and the towns of the Clarence Valley. The Railway Station is situated in South Grafton.
There are several bus companies servicing the Clarence Valley from major metropolitan and regional cities. Regular route bus services in the Clarence Valley link the major centres of Grafton, Iluka, Maclean and Yamba and surrounding villages.
The main industries people from Maclean work in are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Education and training
- Accommodation and food services
Maclean District Hospital is a small local community facility with less than 50 beds.
Grafton Base Hospital is the regional referral hospital and is 45 minutes north of Maclean.
Maclean is supported by NSW ambulance service.
Union Street Family Medical Centre
For young families, the Maclean region offers a range of options for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
Maclean is serviced by the SPAR supermarket and in nearby Yamba which is a 20min drive there is Coles and IGA. Large retail outlets in Maclean include a Country Target, Home Timber and Hardware and Harvey Norman.
The closest larger shopping centre is in Grafton, which is a 40 min drive north and offers a number of well know stores, including, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, Target and Big W department stores and a variety of smaller retail outlets.
There are Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Evangelical Church, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, and Uniting churches in Maclean.
Maclean is a river and coastal town that features a range of arts and cultural exhibitions in its various art galleries.
For golfing enthusiasts there is an 18-hole course located in beautiful surroundings on Woodford Island.
The popular Maclean Highland Gathering has been held for over 100 years during the Easter weekend. Participants and bands contest traditional Scottish athletic and cultural competitions, such as caber tossing, highland dancing, band competition, and bagpiping.
The coastal village of Yamba is just 20 minutes to the east of Maclean and offers stylish village charm, pristine beaches, national parks and award winning restaurants.