Australia has thousands of kilometres of beaches. Many of these are often almost deserted and with a little courtesy and common sense you can swim and sunbathe nude. However, you do need to show respect for other beach users, and also take great care on unpatrolled beaches as the sea can be very dangerous at times.
Of course, it is more fun and much safer if you are with other people, and whilst this list is not complete it does cover most of the more popular beaches where nude bathing occurs on a regular basis. Some are designated as legal clothing optional beaches but on others nudity is unofficially condoned. You should always check locally to be aware of the current situation.
Select a state from the menu below to get information about individual beaches which you may like to visit.
Note:: “Legal” or “Official” means the location is recognised as clothing optional. “Unofficial” means that the location is traditionally used by nudists but is not an officially recognised site. Chat with the locals at unofficial sites to get the current views.
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Obelisk Beach – Legal
[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Obelisk Beach” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Obelisk.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]Obelisk Beach is on the southern side of the National Park area of Middle Head. To get to Obelisk Beach from the city cross over the Harbour Bridge and turn off toward Neutral Bay along Military Road (Route 14). Follow this road to Spit Junction. Continue straight ahead at Spit Junction through Mosman Junction and just after Raglan Street bear left into Middle Head Road. Follow this to the end where it turns into Chowder Bay Road. Take the first turn right. After about 100 metres park your car and follow the track in to this small beach.
Cobblers Beach – Legal
Cobblers Beach is located on the northern side of Middle Head. Follow the same directions as for Obelisk Beach but after parking, head north across Middle Head oval and follow the track to the beach. Cobblers is a lovely beach and attracts a large number of boats. It is a great place for snorkelling around the rocks.
Lady Bay – Legal
[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Lady Bay” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/LadyBay.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]Lady Bay is perhaps Australia’s oldest and most publicised nude beach, well used by naturists long before being granted legal status in 1976. But this too was rescinded with the introduction of the new Local Government Act of 1993. Since then however the Woollahra City Council has voted to erect signs and give it legal status under the new laws.
Lady Bay is about 12 km north east of the city at Watsons Bay. From the city head out along New South Head Road (Route 76) which runs into Hopetoun Avenue and on to Watsons Bay. Turn left into Military Road and then drive as far as you can go along the one way streets of Pacific and Victoria. Park near Cliff Street then access to the beach can be gained via a steep pathway at the northern end of Camp Cove behind the Military Reserve.
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Little Congwong Beach – Unofficial
[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Little Congwong” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Little_Congwong.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]Make your way to La Perouse on Botany Bay and park in the car park just north of Bare Island. Walk down the steps to Congwong Beach then left across the rocks to Little Congwong Beach, the second bay. This beach is very popular on summer weekends.
Jibbon Beach – Unofficial
Head south from Sydney along the Princes Highway for about 29 km then turn left to Audley and the Royal National Park. 1.5 km later you will have to pay a day fee, or you can take out an annual permit which gives you access to all New South Wales National Parks except Kosciusko. Information is available from the Visitors Centre.
Continue on past Audley following the signs to Bundeena. About 10 km after turning left into Bundeena Road you reach the town. Follow the main road to the wharf and turn right into Loftus Street. Parking is available here or in Neil Street, but beware of the No Parking zones. A short walk will take you through to the beach then walk east for about 200 metres. At weekends and during holidays you may find the main Jibbon Beach crowded with people and boats. At these times naturists tend to go to nearby Little Jibbon Beach or Ocean Beach.
Little Jibbon Beach – Unofficial
Little Jibbon Beach can be reached by taking the footpath from the eastern end of Jibbon Beach. Backed by low cliffs it has enough sand for sunbathing, although swimming is mainly from the rocks or in the many rock pools. There are some Aboriginal rock carvings nearby.
Ocean Beach – Unofficial
Ocean Beach is reached via a fire trail starting some 70 metres before the end of Jibbon Beach. It leads directly east to the ocean and this small sandy beach, which is fronted by rocks at low tide. Swimming is in the rock pools but care is needed in strong southerly swells. All these beaches officially close at sunset. An alternative means of getting to Jibbon Beach is to catch the ferry from Cronulla Wharf and then walk 400 metres to the beach.
There are several other beaches in this National Park that are suitable for nude bathing, such as Marley Beach and Curracurrang. The main draw back with these is the long walk to get to them.[/tab]
Werrong Beach – Legal
Approximately 40 km south of Sydney near Stanwell Park is Werrong Beach, set in the Royal National Park. Gazetted in 1879, this was Australia’s first National Park and only the second in the world.
From Sydney take the Princes Highway south to the F6 Freeway, and follow the signs toward Stanwell Park until you turn left to Otford Lookout. Go past the Royal National Park sign and park beyond the shop. From here walk up the good path to the Werrong Beach and Burning Palms Clifftop Walk. The path then descends steeply to Werrong Beach. The total distance around 1.5 km and steep in places, so it is not suitable for the elderly or the handicapped.
Werrong Beach is a large amphitheatre about 300 metres long, surrounded by cliffs with a grassed area behind the beach.
Myrtle Beach – Unofficial
Just north of Batemans Bay turn east off the Princes Highway to Durras. Turn right and continue behind the caravan park onto Old Coast Road. About 1.5 km down this road you will find a car park for Myrtle Beach. It is then only a short walk to this unofficial clothing optional beach.[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Armands Bay Map” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/armap.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]
Armands Beach – Legal
Situated 10 km south of Bermagui on the Bega/Tathra road and 3 km south of Cuttagee Beach. Access is gained via Kullaroo Road. There is 5 minute walk to the beach via a well maintained track.
It is an easterly facing beach of 250 metres in length with quite good body surfing. There are no toilets at the beach and it is essential people take whatever they want to eat and drink with them. More information is available at http://www.armands.org.au[/tab]
Birdie Beach – Legal
[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”250″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Birdie Beach” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Birdie.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]Birdie 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
[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Kings Beach” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/kings.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]One 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
[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Belongil Beach” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/belongil.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]There 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.[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Belongil Beach Map” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/belongil-map.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]
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]
Macca’s Beach – Unofficial
Macca’s Beach is in the Juramabula State Forest, situated off Euroly Rd in the Murrumbidgee Shire. There are no facilities, as State Forestry are the owners, and have no problem with people digging holes and covering it up for a toilet. There is no problem with camping, but no solid fuels are allowed when fire bans are in place.
If you are coming from Sydney, take the Wagga Wagga exit from the Hume Freeway, which takes you to the Sturt Highway. Go through Wagga, 49 km, staying on the highway for another 100 km until you reach a place called Gillenbah, 2 km from Narrandera. Turn left and stay on the Sturt Highway. After 34 km, turn right onto Euroley Road, just after a sand hill with pine trees on both sides. Continue for about 5 km, along a gravel road until you see a canal bridge. Turn left and continue for another 50 metres, turn right at a gate, then turn left at the fork in the road which will take you to the beach.
Please note, Euroley Road is gravel, and after the canal is dirt, which makes it impassable when wet. [/tab]
Kambah Pool – Legal
The Kambah Pool legal clothes optional beach is situated south west of Canberra on the beautiful Murrumbidgee River. From Canberra follow the signs on Highway 23 to Tuggeranong. Turn right into Sulwood Drive and then left into Kambah Pool Road. Continue straight through the roundabout at Berritt Street and follow the road to the lower car park. From here you walk downstream for about 200 metres to the legal clothes optional area. It is a lovely section of the river, and barbecue and toilets facilities have been provided.
The dedicated naturists who originally negotiated the legalizing of Kambah Pool were also successful in having its boundaries re-assessed. The original section was very difficult to get to, and they were able to convince the authorities it should be closer to the lower car park, so that it is now much more accessible. [/tab]
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The three legal beaches in Victoria are Southside and Pt Impossible (down Torquay/Geelong way); and Sunnyside (near Mt Eliza). Over recent years Victoria has experienced attempts by council lobbyists to have the clothing optional status of some beaches revoked, usually near new land or resort developments. Campbells Cove, previously a legal beach, had it’s status revoked effective Sept 2015.
Sunnyside – Legal
From the city take the Nepean Highway (Route 3) south approx 40 km to Frankston. Continue a further 7 to 8 km then look for the sign to turn right to Sunnyside Beach, down Sunnyside Road. Turn right here and drive down this road for about 800 metres to the car park at the end. In summer you may have to park well short of the car park particularly on weekends. Do be careful of driveways and No Parking signs, as the area is regularly patrolled by parking inspectors. The best time to arrive is before 10am on a hot day, which will also give you a chance to pick your spot on the sand.
From the carpark or road, walk on to Sunnyside Beach then proceed north (to the right) around the rocky point to North Sunnyside. The walk is not that long, but it does go over a little bit of rock, a little dune, and mostly sand (depending on the tide). The beach itself is golden sand with some rock – watch out for rocks in the water in some places, otherwise it is a sandy bottom with little seaweed. This is a bay beach so there is not much wave motion (if any!).
The beach itself is quite long, and is bordered by a private property where a fence has been installed. This actually helps the quality of the beach, as there is little cover for hiding undesireables in the dunes like other beaches. There is generally good shelter from the wind, but there is no shelter from the sun so make sure you bring along an umbrella (and some tie-downs if there is a chance of strong wind).
In the warmer months there is a great mix of singles, couples and families, particularly from midday through to sunset. It is a very friendly beach, and you can usually find people from the various forums and social clubs in attendance.
Southside – Legal
Southside is located quite near the previously-legal Pt Addis beach, near Anglesea. Access is gained by turning off the Great Ocean Road west of Torquay into Bells Boulevard or into Jarosite Road to the north east of Anglesea. Southside is just to the east of Point Addis.
It should be noted that there has been quite a bit of confusion about Southside for many years – it was gazetted as official in 1986, but the signage was never installed until recently (end of 2012!) and the old signage at Pt Addis was left in place. So for over 25 years, Pt Addis has actually been used as an unofficial beach, and the actual official beach saw very few nudists!
Given the history of the two beaches, users of Southside have reported occasional “discussions” with surfers or families who are unaware of the official status of the beach. We always advise beach users to remember that in Australia, our beaches are Clothing Optional, and therefore to be used by everyone. If you get challenged about being nude at Southside, remain pleasant and factual – point out the signs (assuming they are still there) and even move further down the beach if that’s what it takes to maintain goodwill. We prefer harmony and the high ground, to support our community and our image.
Here’s a link to the Southside official beach gazetted locations – if you are a Southside patron, it’s a useful map to be familiar with! Check the official gazette links below for more detail
Pt Impossible – Legal
Point Impossible is very typical of much of Victoria’s southern coastline with a very wide expanse of sand sloping up to a backdrop of huge vegetated sand dunes. While the beach itself is an excellent clothing optional location, it can get quite windy on occasions, so get along prepared with a beach shelter or wind break.
To get to Point Impossible from Geelong take the Torquay road from Geelong and turn left into Blackgate Road about 4 km past Mt Duneed (or South Beach Rd, another km or so if you miss Blackgate Rd). Turn right into Horseshoe Bend Rd and keep driving until you hit a roundabout (where Horseshoe Bend Rd and The Esplanade meet). Turn left, and keep driving straight, through another roundabout (where The Esplanade and Sands Bvld meet) and shortly after you should hit a gravel road.
At the very end of the gravel road is a carpark with toilets at the far end. Near the toilets is the path to the beach. The path enters Pt Impossible CO beach almost halfway along, so you can go clothes free both to the left and the right of the path.
Don’t forget that the CO area is from the foot of the dunes out to 100m offshore. At no time are you permitted to be in the dunes (nude or otherwise) as they are a protected environmental area.
Due to problems experienced with inappropriate behaviour in the dunes in the past (unauthorised fires, alcohol and sexual activity), Pt Impossible is now regularly patrolled by authorities and members of the various nudist associations. Inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated – if you see any, call the police and report it like you would on any other beach!!
As of January 2012, Police on regular patrols have been handing out $200 on-the-spot fines for anyone found in or seen leaving the dune areas. Thanks goes to the vigilant local nudists who have assisted the local council and police in their efforts to clean the beach up, making it a great family-friendly beach for textiles and nudists alike!
Campbells Cove – CO Status Revoked (Not Legal any more)
Update July 2015: Effective 1 September 2015, Campbells Cove will no longer be a legal beach. Google the news to read the various stories, but the primary cause (according to local council and the responsible minister) is urban growth/sprawl.
Although centrally located for many Melbourne nudists, Campbells Cove does not have the greatest reputation of the legal beaches. To get to Campbell’s Cove Beach from Werribee turn into Duncans Road, then after some distance into Aviation Road. From here it is right into Cunningham Road and then left into Campbell’s Cove Beach Road. Proceed past the fishermen’s huts to the end of the road. From the Melbourne side take the Point Cook turn off, then along Aviation Road, Cunningham Road etc.
Government Gazette Proclamations
Government Gazette Proclamations are the official word on whether a beach is legal or not, since they are proclaimed by the state government and fall under the jurisdiction of the responsible minister, via the Department of Sustainability and Environment. The following links are the known latest versions of those proclamations:
- Victoria Government Gazette Notice – November 30, 1983 – Point Impossible and Point Addis granted
- Victoria Government Gazette Notice – December 12, 1984 – Point Impossible and Point Addis amended
- Victoria Government Gazette Notice – November 5, 1986 – Page 1 – Point Addis revoked
- Victoria Government Gazette Notice – November 5, 1986 – Page 2 – Southside and Sunnyside granted
If anyone has updates to these links, or more recent proclamations that they are aware of, please let us know and we will update this information. [/panel]
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Maslin Beach – Legal
Although Maslin Beach is some 3 km in length nude sunbathing and swimming is only permitted on the southern half. Access to this area can be gained by either walking south from the car park at the northern end of the beach, or via the concrete stairway which descends from the cliff top car park.
To get to Maslin Beach from Adelaide head south along Main South Road for approximately 45 km, through Morphett Vale, and then turn right into Sandpits Rd at the large road sign “Maslin Beach”. This road will take you to the beachfront car park. To get to the cliff top car park you leave Main South Road at the same place but then take the next turn left and proceed south for another couple of kilometres before turning right into Tuit Road and proceeding past the caravan park to the cliff top car park.
This is probably the best access providing you are agile enough to climb down (and back up) the stairs. There are showers and a toilet block half way up the stairway. Just a word of warning. As you travel south along Main South Road be careful not to veer left onto the Victor Harbour road at Noarlunga. If you do you will not find the Maslin Beach sign.
Pelican Point Beach – Legal
About 220 km north east of Adelaide on the Sturt Highway at Barmera is Lake Bonney, an off shoot of the Murray River. On the western shores of Lake Bonney is Pelican Point, a legal clothing optional beach adjacent to the Pelican Point Nudist Resort. Camping on the foreshore in this area used to be permitted but the latest information we have is that this is no longer allowed.
If you like lazing in the sun, canoeing, sailing, water skiing, or just getting away from life’s hassles, all without clothes of course, then Pelican Point is for you. You will have to rough it a little as there are no facilities provided at all. If you want comfort then best you stay in nearby Barmera and travel out to Pelican Point for day trips, or better still at the nudist resort right next door.
To get to Pelican Point turn off the Sturt Highway 4 km west of Barmera into Morgan Road then a short distance later turn east into Ireland Road which will take you in to the clothes optional beach. This is the only way into the beach.
Beachport – Legal
This legal clothes optional beach is situated mid way between Beachport and Robe approximately 350 km south east of Adelaide. The clothes optional section of the beach is actually sited adjacent to Sunland Holiday Village about 4 km south of Nora Creina Bay.
The beach faces west on to the Southern Ocean but is protected to some extent by an offshore reef. The sea bed slopes fairly gradually but some deep holes can occur where currents swirl around submerged rocks. Massive sparsely vegetated sand dunes form a back drop to the beach, separating it from Sunland Holiday Village. With safe swimming, good fishing, and especially if you are taking advantage of the nudist camping at Sunland, then this is an ideal place for a family holiday.
From Adelaide take the Princes Highway (No 1) south east to Kingston, a distance of about 300 km, then turn on to the Alternate Highway No 1 and travel 39 km to Robe. At the Robe tee junction turn left and continue on route Alt No 1. After some 19 km veer right toward Beachport and after another 3 km turn right on to an unsealed road to Nora Creina (7 km). For 4WD vehicle access continue straight on at the next crossroads, following the track through to the village, passing the sign that points to the beach, and on between the shacks. This will take you over the headland and on to the southern beach. The clothes optional section begins about 4 km south of here, and continues for 500 metres. The signs are long gone but it begins at the rocks near the private track in to Sunland.
If you are in a conventional vehicle turn right at the Nora Creina sign but turn left at the crossroads and after 3 km (about 100 metres past the stock yards and windmill) you will find a gate on your right with Sunland on it. Enter here and continue down this private road to the steep hill where on the left is the entrance to Sunland Holiday Village. Please report to the office before parking. You may then take the walking track up the hill and walk (approximately 8 minutes) to the beach.
From the Victorian direction via Mount Gambier you should take the Alternate Highway No 1 from Millicent via Beachport. About 16 km north of Beachport you will find a large sign on your left directing you to the Lake George Resort. Take this turn off but continue about 15 km past the Lake George Resort entrance until you come to the crossroads where you turn left in to Nora Creina. Of course if you wish to park at Sunland Holiday Village you will need to enter their private road gate some 3 km earlier, about 100 metres south of the stock yards and windmill previously mentioned.
Should you be staying in this area for some time it is well worth the effort to visit Beachport, Nora Creina, Robe and many of the other little bays, as they offer quite a variety of scenery and charm. You may also wish to pick up a nice feed of fresh fish or crayfish for which this district is renowned.
Murrippi Beach – Legal
To get to Murrippi Beach from Whyalla travel south west along the Lincoln Highway toward Cowell for about 1.8 km. Turn left at the Eight Mile Creek turn off into Cowleds Landing Road and continue on past the sign to Eight Mile Beach for approximately another 5 km, past Mt Young, and then watch for a road leading off to the left. Take this road to the car park and walk through to the beach. [/panel]
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While popular with nudists for the warm climate and extended temperate conditions throughout the year, Queensland does not enjoy any officially recognised clothing optional beaches. Despite some lobbying over the years and an “almost” declaration in 2008, the state arguably best suited to being nude doesn’t officially permit it. That said, there’s a large number of unofficial locations, many of which are heavily used on warm days!
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Alexandria Bay – Unofficial
[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Alexandria Bay” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Alex_Beach.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]Alexandria Bay is located on the eastern side of the Noosa Heads National Park. It is by far Queensland’s most popular free beach and has been used for nude swimming and sunbathing for many years. Most days there are quite a lot of people on the beach, sometimes hundreds on weekends. Unfortunately, in spite of many requests, it still does not have legal status.
There are a few different ways of getting in to Alexandria Bay. First of all you can drive down into the main part of Noosa Heads and turn right at the Hastings Street roundabout then follow the beach road around until it ends in the main National Park headquarters car park. It is then a very scenic 3 km walk into the beach and along to the southern end where the naturists tend to congregate.
[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignleft” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Alexandria Bay Map” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/alex-map.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]Alternatively you can also enter the park from the southern end at Sunshine Beach, either via Solway Drive or Park Edge Road. You can also walk in from Sunshine Beach but it is quite a steep climb in places. The Solway Drive approach is the shortest but parking is very limited and strictly policed, so be wary.
It is also a very real option for residents and visitors in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast to use the nude beaches in northern New South Wales. Full details are available in the New South Wales section.[/tab]
Fraser Island – Unofficial
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world with many kilometres of beautiful beaches on both the ocean and inland sides. Whilst there are many visitors on the island at all times it is quite possible to find a camping spot behind the dunes where you can go without clothes for most of the time. You may also be able to swim nude at times but do show consideration for other people. It is best to avoid the peak holiday seasons.
Before going onto the island you must obtain a permit from either the Forestry Department in Brisbane or the National Parks office at Rainbow Beach where you will catch the barge. Do take the trouble to read the literature regarding the regulations, and obey all the directives and signs whilst on the island.
There are no roads on Fraser Island so a 4WD vehicle is necessary. Access to the points of interest is gained by driving along the beach on the eastern side, where the sand is hard. From here sand tracks lead in to the various inland freshwater lakes and other beauty spots, as well as across to the western side of the island.
From Gympie on the Bruce Highway head for Rainbow Beach on the coast. Here you need to let your tyres down for the sandy conditions, top up with fuel, then drive along the beach to the barge terminal at Inskip Point. Once you are on the island travel up the beach until you reach your destination, but do take tide times into consideration, some places are impassable at high tide. Also, take all your provisions with you as there is very little opportunity to buy anything on the island. Streams provide abundant fresh water but your own drinking water is advisable. [/tab]
Kings Beach – Unofficial
Kings Beach can be reached by driving east along Kings Beach Road, then just as the road turns parallel to the coast park on the left. Walk to the small beach where the creek runs into the sea.
Horseshoe Bay – Unofficial
Horseshoe Bay at Cape Edgecumbe is the more popular of the two. Take the Richmond road from Bowen then turn right into Soldiers Road and right again into Horseshoe Bay Road. Park on the left just before the caravan park and walk through to the beach. Once on the beach you then walk north climbing over the rocks or wading through the shallows past a few small coves. The beach used by the naturists is the last stretch of sand on the Greys Beach side of Cape Edgecumbe.
Shelley Beach – Unofficial
Drive north from Townsville through Belgian Gardens and Rowes Bay towards Pallarenda. The road ends at a Quarantine Station. Follow the walking track up the hill, past some old World War 2 gun placements, and over the headland. You will get some great views of Magnetic Island. The track ends at a small beach which is fairly popular. At low tide you can skirt around the rocks at the far end to get to Shelley Beach, which is more secluded, and dispense with your costume. When the tide is in the only way to get there is climb over the rocks.
Saunders Beach – Unofficial
To get to Saunders Beach head north along the Bruce Highway toward Ingham for approximately 25 km. About 200 metres after passing under a railway viaduct turn right and follow this road for about 8 km. This will take you into the small seaside settlement of Saunders Beach. When you reach the waterfront turn right into Reef Street and then bear right again after approximately 100 metres into Cay Street and continue to the end of it. When on the beach head south until you cross over the mouth of a small creek. It is a beautiful sandy beach with shady trees. Be careful crossing the creek at high tide, although it is never very deep.
Magnetic Island – Unofficial
Magnetic Island is about 40 minutes by ferry from Townsville. You can take your own car over on the ferry, or you can hire one there for a reasonable price. Bicycles are also available, and buses operate from Picnic Bay to Horseshoe Bay.
There are a number of spots where nude bathing is practised fairly regularly but due to increased tourism on the island and some pressure from local residents a few have ceased being used. Probably the most popular one is Rocky Bay, just around from Picnic Bay. Either take the track from the eastern end of Main Street, or walk up the road from Marine Gardens to the track directly down to the beach. Balding Bay is another quite suitable spot. Access is gained by following the track from either Radical Bay or Horseshoe Bay. The western end of Horseshoe Bay is also used by nudists. Just use your commonsense and show due consideration for others on the beach. [/tab]
Buchans Point – Unofficial
Buchans Point is located at the very southern end of Ellis Beach, about 25 km north of Cairns. It is by far the most popular unofficial clothes optional beach in this area and has been recognised as such for many years. It is well suited for this purpose and one must wonder what the real reason was for all the police action in 1988 and 1989. Caution is advised as there has been spasmodic police attention since then.
As you travel north along the Cook Highway look for the car park on the beach side of the road between Palm Cove and Ellis Beach. It is then just a short walk south to the beautiful sandy beach backed by cliffs and the highway. There are plenty of motels and caravan parks nearby.
Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island – sort of legal
Fitzroy Island is privately owned and can be reached by ferry from Cairns. The owners have proclaimed Nudey Beach as a ‘Clothing Optional’ beach.
Cape Tribulation – Unofficial
From Cairns travel north for about 76 km to Mossman then another 37 km to Daintree. Cross over the Daintree River by ferry and continue along this road for another 50 km to Cape Tribulation. The road is passable to conventional vehicles except after heavy rains, which of course occur fairly often. You are much better off travelling in a 4WD vehicle.
There are many beautiful views and interesting things to visit along the way. The first turn off to the right will take you into Cape Kimberley, a rather remote but beautiful bay with few people, a casual atmosphere, and lots of secluded spots. Next stop is Cow Bay. There is a hotel and a motel here, plus the Crocodylus Resort, literally tucked away in the rainforest. The area is very popular with backpackers and, as many of these come from Europe where naturist beaches are commonplace, it is not unusual to come across topless and nude bathers in this area. However the most accepted nude bathing area is the third bay as you walk north along the beach.
At North Cape Tribulation you can experience isolated camping where the rain forest meets the sea. There are few facilities and all your supplies need to be brought in with you. Clothes in this camping area are unofficially optional, and the surroundings make time stand still. You could easily spend a couple of weeks here soaking up the natural environment, and of course the sun.
Lizard Island Third Beach (Hibiscus Beach) – Unofficial
Third Beach (Hibiscus Beach) is about 400 metres long, facing north west with white coral sand. It can be reached by sea or via the Lizard Island Resort. From here walk south west around Sunset Beach and Pebbly Beach into Hibiscus. Palfrey Island south of Lizard is an unmanned light station and is well used by naturists, but camping is not allowed. Camping is allowed on Lizard Island at the one camp site on the northern end, but you must bring everything including your water with you.[/tab] [/tabswrap][/panel]
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For more information and details about naturism and clothing optional beaches in Western Australia go to this local web page – Clothing Optional WA
Nth Swanbourne Beach – Unofficial
This is one of Australia’s most popular nude beaches, and very close to the Perth CBD. If you are planning to go to North Swanbourne it is a good idea to get out there early. Almost every day at around 11.00 am a strong south westerly sea breeze springs up, making conditions a little unpleasant. It is commonly known to the locals as the Fremantle Doctor because it saves Perth from sweltering in the midday heat on a hot summer’s day.
To get to North Swanbourne Beach from Perth take the Stirling Highway south to Eric Street and continue west to the coast. Turn right into Marine Parade and follow this into the Swanbourne Beach car park. From here it is only a 300 metre walk north along the beach to the clothes optional area.
Warnbro Beach – Legal
Warnbro Beach near the coastal town of Rockingham, about 53 km south of Perth, has just recently been granted legal dress optional status, after many years of lobbying. The best time to enjoy this beach is in the morning. The firm clean sand, the crystal clear water, and the gentle waves makes swimming safe for even young children. But later in the day, when the south westerly sea breezes get up it can get to be quite unpleasant unless you have taken along a good wind break.
To get to Warnbro Beach head south along Rockingham Road and turn left into Read Street. After about 6.2 km it crosses over Safety Bay Road and changes to Warnbro Sound Drive. From here continue for another 2.7 km then turn right into Grand Ocean Boulevard. Continue along this street as it curves gently left. Turn right at Bayeux Avenue (on the corner before a park with a little lake and fountain). Go to the car park at the end of Bayeux Avenue and take the walkway over the dunes to the beach. The “free” part of the beach is to the left. If you want access to the southern end of the beach, drive to the car park at Port Kennedy and walk back or utilise the excellent bicycle path that runs the length of the beach between the golf course and the dunes.
The local Shire Council has done a lot of work in this area to try and stabilise the sand dunes and vegetation, so please take extra care not to unwittingly undo their good work by walking or driving where you should not be. By the way there are no facilities here at all so take everything you need with you.
Bunbury – Legal
This beach is situated at the northern end of Geographe Bay, on the Indian Ocean about 180 km south of Perth. It is protected by the headland Cape Naturaliste. The beach is backed by the “Maidens”, an A Class Nature Reserve of sand dunes with an abundance of wild life, which gives the area a certain amount of privacy.
To get to the beach drive south from Bunbury along Ocean Drive to the car park opposite the end of Hastie Street or another one a little further south. Take the steps to the beach and turn left, or south, and walk for approximately 600 metres to the signposted nude bathing area.
Ten Mile Lagoon – Legal
The seaside town of Esperance is situated approximately 1000 km from Perth, on the south coast to the western end of the Great Australian Bight. In 1983, following several complaints about nude bathing on some of the regular family beaches, the local shire council decided to solve the problem by designating one beach where people could go nude legally. Nine Mile Beach was suitably signposted and included on tourist information leaflets and roadside location guides.
Since then the signs have been moved about one mile west to an area known as Ten Mile Lagoon. It has an off shore reef making it into a lagoon, so the surfers and fisherman don’t go to it as they did to Nine Mile Beach. Travel some 17 km west of the town along the coastal road, slightly past the entrance into the second wind generating farm. Access to the beach is via steps down the steep slope. The eastern boundary starts at the steps where they join the beach and continues one kilometre west of that point. Naturists going nude outside these boundaries may run into trouble from shire rangers and others. Dogs are allowed on the beach.
Offshore is the Archipelago of the Recherche, a maze of 87 islands with 70 rocks and reefs above water and countless submerged reefs. It is a divers’ and naturists’ paradise. The best weather is January to the end of May. There are seven caravan parks close by. Other than the clothes optional beach Esperance has many points of interest, a notable one being the famous Pink Lake.
Cable Beach – Legal
Lying some 2200 km north of Perth and well inside the tropics the summer months in Broome are quite hot and humid with maximum temperatures of around 35 degrees Celsius. However, from April to September, with little rain and daytime temperatures in the mid twenties, it is an ideal place to escape the southern winters. Cable Beach is situated 7 km from town along a good bitumen road. The beach itself is some 22.5 km long with beautiful white sand that sets so hard when the tide goes out that you scarcely leave foot prints at the water’s edge. The water is crystal clear and the gentle swells hardly manage to topple over as they roll up onto the almost perfectly flat beach.
The clothes optional area is to the north of the beach access road from the car park, and continues to the mouth of Willie Creek, some 17 km away. This would almost make it the longest clothes optional beach in the world. 4WD vehicles may be driven onto the beach from the car park. This allows people to explore the beach at low tide to a much greater extent than would be possible on foot.
Mauritius Beach – Legal
Mauritius Beach is located in the Exmouth area some 1200 km north of Perth. It is clearly signposted as a clothing optional beach on the main road from Exmouth to the national park. It is also shown on several tourist ‘map boards’ displayed for tourist information. Don’t expect to find large numbers of naturists there but it is a lovely beach. From the Exmouth township travel out along the Point Murat Road then turn left into Yardie Creek Road. Click on the map for an enlarged version.[imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignleft” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Mauritius Beach” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/mauritius_sign.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”][imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”150″ height=”150″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Mauritius Beach Map” url=”http://www.freebeach.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/mauritius_map.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]
For more information and details about naturism and clothing optional beaches in Western Australia go to this local web page – Clothing Optional WA[/panel]
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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. [/panel]
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