Northern Territory

Casuarina Beach – Legal

Casuarina Beach is one of Darwin’s best beaches and a section about 500 metres long was designated as a legal clothes optional area back in 1976, mainly due to lobbying by the members of the now defunct Darwin Sun Club.

Most clothes optional beaches, both legal and unofficial, suffer from an acute lack of facilities such as toilets, car parks and so on. Not so at Casuarina. Here the Northern Territory Conservation Commission has provided all that, including outdoor showers to rinse off the sand and salt water.

In years gone by this beach was very popular with naturist families, the children spending their time building sand castles whilst the more energetic adults took long walks in the nude, or joined in a chance game of cricket or volleyball. As mentioned above, swimming is restricted to the dry winter season, May to October because of the box jellyfish.

To get to the Casuarina Free Beach from Darwin, travel along the Stuart Highway and turn left onto Bagot Road at the flyover. Continue on past McMillans Road (which is where the entrance to the airport is now) and the road will curve to the right and become Trower Road. From there continue on past Dripstone Rd and Casuarina Square which will be on the left and past Dripstone High School which will be on the right. Then it is right turn at a round-about into Dripstone Park continuing on past the picnic area and the Surf Life Saving Club and right on to the end of the road which becomes a car park. The legal nude bathing section is about 500 metre walk further on and is clearly signposted.