Naked ambition: Australia slides in at number 5 on best skinny-dipping list

By Australian Geographic 12 August 2021
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Australia is the world’s fifth-best country for skinny dipping.

It seems we have some of the most beautiful beaches to get a perfectly even tan. Australia has been voted the world’s fifth best country for skinny dipping, with a total of 66 nudist beaches and clubs as well as 57 naturist campsites. Since nudism is only partially legal in Australia, there are designated beaches for nudists, however one can be prosecuted for going nude on beaches where it’s illegal. 

So where can you sit your bare bum on the sand without a care in the world?

Well, they’re smattered around the country, but here’s our top 5 cheeky spots:

1. North Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, NSW

A stone’s throw from everybody’s favourite eclectic seaside village of Byron Bay is the clothing-optional North Belongil Beach. Alongside a throng of tourists you’re likely to see a range of ‘naked’ wildlife, including dolphins, whales, seabirds, crabs and schools of fish.

2. Lady Bay Beach, Sydney

Sydney’s much-lauded nudist beach is also one of the busiest so if you’re unaccustomed to getting your kit off, it might not be a perfect fit. Located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, and with magnificent views over Sydney Harbour, it’s a short ride from the CBD on public transport or you can walk to it from Circular Quay. Lush vegetation-covered rocky cliffs shield the beach from passers-by, in case you’re worried about your modesty!

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3. Casuarina Beach, Darwin

This stunning, secluded beach – picture white sand and aquamarine water – is one of Darwin’s most popular destinations. But it’s popular with more than just human nudie-rudies – crocs have been spotted there too, despite traps being in place to stop them from visiting the beach. Turns out we’re not the only species that’s after some skin-warming fun in the sun!

4. Warnbro Beach, Perth

The clothing optional stretch of Warnbro Beach span almost 1km and sits just south of the Perth metropolitan area. The water is crystal clear, the sand pearly white and there are no rocks or reef, so it’s smooth sailing all day long. Plus, the beach is pooch-approved, so you can enjoy the sand, sun and sea with your best mate.

5. Maslin Beach, Adelaide

Maslin Beach is renowned for not only being a au naturale beach, it also hosts the annual Maslin Beach Nude Games. The games kicked off in 1974 with activities such as Frisbee throwing, sack races, three-legged races, water-balloon throwing, baton races, donut-eating competitions and male and female best bum competitions. But perhaps the best part of the day is everyone goes home a winner – if not with a gold medal, then at least with a bronze (body)!

While there are no legal nude beaches in the Sunshine State, there are ‘nude-friendly’ beaches – meaning it’s not technically legal to go sans clothes, but everyone does.

If you’re new to the nudist beach scene, here are a few guidelines for you.

  • Don’t stare at people or take photos
  • Don’t wander out of the designated nude areas
  • Take your time getting undressed – do it when you are comfortable
  • You can always put your clothes back on if you want to
  • Bring plenty of sunscreen, a shade umbrella and water
  • Have fun and remember not to take yourself too seriously.