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Surrounded by undulating countryside and farmland, the fishing port of Maclean is located on the banks of the Clarence River.

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Location

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 Highland Gathering, a festival held every Easter for more than 110 years.

How to get there

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.

Population

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.

The town is located in the North Coast Primary Health Network, this needs assessment provides an insight into population health across the North Coast community.

 

Healthcare facilities

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.

Accredited GP practices

  • Clarence Medical Centre
  • Union Street Family Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Maclean are: aged care residential services, supermarket and grocery stores, hospitals (except psychiatric hospitals), local government administration and secondary education.
  • Education

There are four schools located in Maclean: Maclean Public School (K-6), St Joseph’s Primary School (K-6), Maclean High School (7-12) and Pacific Valley Christian School (K-12). There is also North Coast TAFE, Maclean Campus.
  • Childcare

For young families, Maclean offers childcare including pre-schools, an early learning centre and outside school hours care. Other facilities are available in nearby Yamba and Grafton.
  • Shopping

In Maclean there is a SPAR supermarket, Harvey Norman, Home Hardware, specialty shops and cafes. In nearby Yamba (20 min drive) there is Coles and IGA supermarkets and larger retailers including Target. Alternatively, Grafton (40 min drive) is home to a number of well know stores including Coles, Aldi and Woolworths supermarkets, Target, Bunnings Harvey Norman, Spotlight and Big W as well as a range of smaller  specialty and boutique stores.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship in Maclean include Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Evangelical Church, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, and Uniting churches.
  • Points of interest

The fishing boats based in Maclean harvest prawns from the adjacent Clarence River - Australia’s largest east coast river system. Fishing and boating are popular local past times, ocean beaches are only 20 min drive from Maclean. There is a range of local festivals and events including the Clarence River Arts Festival, Maclean Community Monthly Markets, Maclean Macmarket Day, Riverside Picnics - Maclean and Highland Gathering. The My Clarence Valley events calendar details events in Maclean and the Clarence Valley region.    
  • Sporting activities

In addition to water sports on the Clarence River, sporting facilities in Maclean include an 18-hole golf course, Olympic swimming pool and Maclean Sports Centre. Local sports played include squash, basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor cricket, martial arts, dance and aerobics.
  • Community groups and activities

In Maclean, community groups and volunteer organisations include the Lower Clarence Arts & Crafts Association, Clarence Coast Theatrical Society, Maclean District Historical Society, Maclean District Business Chamber and Clarence Landcare. A comprehensive listing of groups and their contacts details are available at Clarence Valley Council's Community Services Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Maclean. Good places to start are the Facebook pages: My Clarence Valley, Maclean, Buy, Swap, Sell, NSW, Clarence Valley Council, and The Daily Examiner.