MACLEAN… the Scottish town in NSW

MACLEAN is a small town on the banks of the Clarence River around 50kms north of Grafton and a short 3 minute drive off the Pacific Highway.

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On a recent holiday to Yamba we ventured to Maclean for a wee look around. 


Shortly after leaving the Highway you are greeted with tartan poles and they line the side of the road right into the township. 

Leading up to the year 2000 a local artist painted The Tartan Power Poles to coincide with the arrival of the Olympic Torch.  Many favourable comments were made around the Tartan Poles and it was then that the designs began to stretch to many parts of the town.  Now well over 200 poles are painted throughout Maclean. 

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If you want a view of the coast, bushland, cane fields, the river and township then this is the place to go.

There are picnic tables and toilets at the lookout and a large turning circle to accommodate caravans turning around. 

And if geocaching is your thing, you can sneak in a quick find here too! 


The Pinnacles is just to the right as you head back down the steep hill from the Lookout. There is a paved and fenced footpath that leads to a viewing platform.  

The sign at the entrance to the platform states that some of the cliff line collapsed and many large boulders fell to form what we see today.

This small town is big on Scottish Heritage!  It’s worth a detour if you are in need of a travel break.  Or at least take a drive through to see the hundreds of painted poles.

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