Tartan-painted power poles decorate the picturesque town of Maclean, situated on the Clarence River. The “Scottish Town in Australia” is celebrated for its charming town centre, the popular Highland Festival and its proximity to national parks.
Things to do in Maclean
Check out the iconic collection of Maclean Tartan Power Poles that stand in honour of the town’s Scottish heritage. Stroll down avenues extending from the Harwood Bridge to Ferry Park and photograph more than 200 power poles painted in family tartan by Maclean artist Linda El Mir.
Unwind at the Botero Roastery and Cafe, one of the town’s lesser-known gems. Sit back with a latte in hand while you watch the coffee-making process from roasting to packaging, play a game of chess or show your kids to the LEGO table. When you get hungry, indulge in the cafe’s famous carrot cake.
For stunning views of the Clarence Valley, head to Maclean Lookout, located two kilometres from the town centre. The area is encompassed by the Maclean Lookout Reserve where you can stroll beneath trees, relax at picnic tables and admire Lake Wooloweyah and the hinterland below.
Visit the Maclean Stone Cottage and Bicentennial Museum for a dose of culture. Admire the stone cottage built by Johann George Schaefer using sandstone quarried from the site and browse the interior exhibits, including an Aboriginal showcase, many farm implements, a hospital and a schoolroom.
Getting around Maclean
Maclean is 1.5 kilometres west of the Pacific Highway and the easiest way to get around is by car. The Gold Coast Airport is less than 150 kilometres away.