North Coast

Birdie Beach – Legal

Birdie BeachBirdie Beach can be reached by travelling along the expressway from Sydney and taking the Newcastle exit. Follow the Pacific Highway through Doyalson to Lake Munmorah. At Lake Munmorah take Elizabeth Bay Road at the traffic lights. Continue until you see the entrance to the Munmorah State Recreational Area on the left. Turn into the park and follow the signs to the Birdie Beach car park. There is a fee per vehicle to enter the park. There is a nice camping area just off the beach with cooking facilities, plus a toilet block but no hot showers.

Samurai Beach – Legal

To reach Samurai Beach, sometimes referred to as North One Mile Beach, leave the Pacific Highway north of Raymond Terrace and head for Nelson Bay on Port Stephens. To the south of Nelson Bay go in to Anna Bay and then head north along the coast road to Samurai Point. Alternatively you can continue almost in to Nelson Bay then turn right and follow the coast road back.

There are several routes in to the beach itself. If you park at One Mile Beach at the southern side of Sandfort Caravan Park you must walk north along the beach for about 1 km to a rocky outcrop. The clothes optional area starts 200 metres north of here. From Middle Rock Caravan Park there is a track through the sand dunes to the beach. Slightly north of this park there is a four wheel drive track leading on to the beach.

Samurai Beach is 1 km in length with rocky outcrops at either end. It is very natural and beautiful, and ideal for fishing, snorkeling etc. The clothes optional area includes the entire length of the beach.

Shelly Beach, Forster – Unofficial

About one km north of Bulahdelah turn off the Pacific Highway and take the ‘Lakes Way’ route to Forster. This road winds its way through some very scenic country to Pacific Palms. Continue on to the Elizabeth Beach car park. From here it is a 10 minute walk along the track leading up the hill and over the ridge to Shelly Beach. If you are travelling south along the Pacific Highway you can turn off just south of Taree and go down through Tuncurry and Forster to Pacific Palms.

Little Pebble Beach, Halliday’s Point – Unofficial

Halliday’s Point is about 15 km north of Forster and about 18 km south of Taree. Little Pebble Beach is a small but very nice little unofficial nudist beach with 8 to 10 local regular users. To get there turn off from the Lakes Way between Forster and Taree. It is about 6 km to Halliday’s Point. Drive past the main beach and the hill and park near the Bowling Club. From here you walk down the track on the southern side of the club to the beach.

Miners Beach, Port Macquarie – Unofficial

From Port Macquarie head south along Pacific Drive to Shelly Beach (not to be confused with Shelly Beach in Elizabeth Bay). The local council has built a boardwalk from here to Miners Beach which is an unofficial clothing optional beach. There is also a track to this beach from Lighthouse Road.

Little Diggers Beach – Unofficial

Little Diggers Beach is on the northern outskirts of Coffs Harbour, and over the last twelve years or so has become the main unofficial clothes optional beach in the area. Well aware of its existence the local authorities have adopted the view that so long as nothing untoward happens it will be a case of ‘live and let live’.

About 3 km north along the Pacific Highway is the Big Banana tourist complex. To get to Little Diggers Beach you take the road directly opposite this famous landmark and follow it through to the coast. It is advisable to park in the car park then walk through to the main beach. Proceed to the northern end of this beach, cross over a small rocky headland and you are on Little Diggers Beach.

Kings Beach – Unofficial

Kings BeachOne of the great attractions near Byron Bay is Kings Beach at Broken Head. From Byron Bay take the coast road south toward Ballina. After about 8 km turn left to the Broken Head Caravan Park. Just before you enter the caravan park a narrow gravel road leads off to the right into the National Park. Follow this road to the car park on top of the hill. Space is very limited so only the early birds get into the car park. After that it is a case of do the best you can. A well maintained track leads down through the rain forest to Kings Beach. The walk alone makes the visit worthwhile. Although not a long distance it is rather steep so take only the essentials.

Kings Beach is absolutely delightful, with huge rocky outcrops at either end, and a wide sandy horseshoe bay in between. Grassy sand dunes at the back give way to the forest covered hills behind. Pandanus Palms at the southern end provide some shade from the hot sun but an umbrella may be wise as the amount of shade is limited.

North Belongil Beach – Legal

Belongil BeachThere are two ways to get to North Belongil Beach. First of all you can turn east into Grays Lane from the Pacific Highway about 4 km north of the main Byron Bay turnoff. This will take in to the northern end of the legal nude bathing area. About three quarters of the way down Grays Lane the road veers left. Soon after this you may find a few cars parked on the side of the road. This is where you will find a delightful ti-tree lake tucked away in the bush on the northern side of the road – a very popular unofficial nude swimming spot.

There is plenty of parking in the sand dunes right behind the beach which means minimum walking. As this beach is located in a National Park day visiting fees apply. There are facilities to pay in the car park and toilets are provided. The legal area is from the car park south to a point about 500 metres north of the Byron Bay Beach Club. Locals do tend to use the area to the north of the car park as an unofficial nude area. Nudity is not permitted in the car park.

The other way to get into North Belongil Beach is to take the main Byron Bay turnoff at the Pacific Highway then take the first turn left as you reach the 50 km/h sign, and follow this road through to the Byron Bay Beach Club resort. From here it is a short walk through to the beach and then about 500 metres north along the beach to the southern end of the legal nude bathing section. If you are looking for accommodation in the area the resort is a very worthy option.

Belongil Beach Map

Please Note:
Only the beach south of Grays Lane to just north of the Byron Beach Club resort north of Belongil Creek is legal for nude bathing. Although some nudists do use the beach to the north of Grays lane and the adjacent lakes, these areas are unofficial only and we must ask our members to only use the legal beach so as not to upset the relationship with local police, council and residents. In particular, nudists should not swim in the lake to the south as this is on private property which is being developed as a resort. Also nudists should not be nude in the car park or around the toilet block. FBA members should report all inappropriate sexual behaviour to police [/tab]