The drive to Maclean Showground was a smokey one. As so many bush fires were along the East Coast we were worried we might get held up with road closures. Our booking on the Spirit of Tasmania meant for us, taking the quickest route without to many hills.
Maclean Showground Camping
This showground states a maximum of 10 vans permitted. Although this isn’t a lot, you will fit large rigs in. You can stay for a total of 3 days. Which for us was enough to check out the Maclean area and have a drive to the beach. These are non powered sites with some having river and bridge views. Unfortunately you can’t book so first in best dressed so to speak.
A donation of $10 per day is required with an honesty box and forms available. Also there is a box to put any receipts in that you receive while spending in town. This helps them know it’s worth keeping the showgrounds open as a camp. You must be fully self contained to camp here but they do have toilets available 24/7. A dump point is located by the toilets which was handy.
A two minute drive from Maclean Showground is apparently “The Scottish Town In Australia”. This town has a passion for the Scots even having a highland gathering. Think caber tossing, kilts and bag pipes. Driving around town you will see over 200 power poles with Scottish Tartan and clan names on them. Visit the very Scottish looking Maclean Tourist Centre for all your local and Scottish information.
The town has all the usual shops you might want including coffee shops, post office, mitre 10, IGA and more.
Drive To The Beach
Have a 15 minute drive to Yamba with its lighthouse and beach. You can grab breakfast and coffee while you’re in this small beach side town. Bring your surf board as others do to the beach or just dip your toes in like we did.
Maclean Showground is a great place to stop for a night or 3. In some respects it’s quite basic as it has no power, water and you should be self contained. On the other hand it has toilets, a dump point, is close to a nice little town and the beach.